The Old Globe Theatre is currently running two shows as far apart in subject matter as they are in quality. The Women, Claire Booth Luce's satire on New York's Depression-era socialites, features some lively, deft directorial touches by Globe artistic director Darko Tresnjak (and dig that art deco set centerpiece)—sadly, Tresnjak had nothing to do with Back, Back, Back, a supposedly hard-hitting piece on steroid use in pro baseball. Davis McCallum's direction is sing-song at best, Itamar Moses' script barely gets to the point and one of the three principals looks more like a jockey than a ballplayer. Both shows run through Oct. 26, The Women at the mainstage and Back at the Copley Auditorium. www.oldglobe.org.
In a Dark, Dark House and Bash: These two Neil LaBute plays (one pitting brother against brother) feature dark secrets and ordinary people's capacities for committing unspeakable acts. Produced by Ion Theatre Company, the shows run in repertory beginning Oct. 2 at The Lab, The Academy for the Performing Arts, 4580-B Alvarado Canyon Road in Mission Valley. $23.50. 619-374-6894 or www.iontheatre.com.
* Dying City: A year after her husband's death in Iraq, Kelly confronts his identical twin brother, who arrives at her apartment unannounced. Through Oct. 26 at Cygnet Theatre's Rolando venue, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. in the College Area. $22-$48. www.cygnettheatre.com.
* Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris: This is a cabaret show of songs that gained the Belgium-born composer a huge cult following in the U.S. Through Oct. 5 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-B Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach. $30-$42. www.northcoastrep.org.
* No Exit: Three strangers mercilessly exploit each other's fears and weaknesses in a windowless room. Through Oct. 5 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. in University Heights. $29-$33. www.diversionary.org.
* The Good Body: Playwright Eve Ensler went around the world to interview women about their body images; this is the result. Produced by The San Diego Repertory Theater, the show runs through Oct. 5 at The Lyceum, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown. $34-$39. www.sdrep.org.
The Light in the Piazza: A secret two women carry may prevent young love from blossoming, and both will soon make a series of life-changing discoveries. Produced by Lamb's Players Theatre, it runs through Nov. 2 at the Ione and Paul Harter Stage, 1142 Orange Ave. in Coronado. $20-$56. www.lambsplayers.org.
* The Third Story: Two B-movie scriptwriters wind up in a fairytale on which their script may be based. Through Oct. 19 at La Jolla Playhouse's Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. $36-$63. www.lajollaplayhouse.org.
Troilus and Cressida: It's bad enough that the noble warrior Hector has to die; he's taking Troilus and Cressida's love down with him. Through Oct. 5 at Compass Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. $20-$23. www.compasstheatre.com.