Right before her eyes: John (Steven Lone) isn't having one of his better days on post-apocalypse Earth. He made the mistake of visiting Junk City at its worst, and his captors are taking the price out of his hide. But the Listener (Jo Anne Glover) will intercede, even as she searches the heavens for the humanity that would resurrect the gutted planet—and she'll discover that the means to Earth's rescue were in front of her all along. MOXIE Theatre's The Listener features Glover's superb turn in the title role and an Amy Chini set that works for days. Playwright Liz Duffy Adams leaves a lot of action unaccounted for—there's not enough catharsis to reconcile the conclusion, especially given the extent to which Junk City natives Jelly (Rachael Van Wormer) and Smak (Tim Parker) have their way with John (who eventually proves to be their savior). But Duffy Adams has a superb touch for language, with vocables like “frug that screep” and “I'm pigged” dotting the landscape as her stock in trade. Pretty nice show under director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg.
The Listener runs through June 29 at The Lyceum space, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown. $15-$20. 619-544-1000.Opening
All's Well That Ends Well: Helena, the daughter of a physician, jumps through a bunch of hoops to land her man Bertram. Now in previews, it opens June 28 at The Old Globe Theatre's Lowell Davies Festival Stage, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. 619-23-GLOBE or www.oldglobe.org. $42-$64.
* A Number: A look at the relationship between fathers and sons unfolds around the topic of human cloning. Through June 29 at Cygnet Theatre's Rolando venue, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. in the College Area. 619-337-1525 or www.cygnettheatre.com. $22-$29.
Golden Boy: A classically trained violinist has a unique attribute—the skill and strength to become the lightweight champion of the world. Through July 13 at New Village Arts Theatre, 2787-B State St. in Carlsbad. 760-433-3245 or www.newvillagearts.org. $20-$26.
In the Blood: Hester la Negrita raises her five children while dealing with individuals that constantly victimize her in this take on The Scarlet Letter. Through June 29 at North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park. 619-220-8663 or www.northparkvaudeville. $15.
* New Perspective Festival: This 24-play program replaces the annual Actors Alliance summer festival at least for this year, with many new faces and cutting-edge scripts on tap. Through June 29 at Swedenborg Hall, 1531 Tyler Ave. in University Heights. www.newperspectivefest.com. $10-$12.
The Hit: Susan and Steve run a San Francisco antiques shop, where a case of mistaken identity sets off an intriguing string of events. Produced by Lamb's Players Theatre. Through July 13 at the Paul and Ione Harter Stage, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado. 619-437-0600 or www.lambsplayers.org. $20-$56.
Chalk it Up to Murder: HIT Productions features a cavalcade of new clues for a terrible crime. Fireside Steakhouse, 439 W. Washington Blvd. in Escondido. 619-561-8673. $16-$29.50.
Joey & Maria's Comedy Italian Wedding: The fortunes and foibles at the heart of an Italian wedding are laid on the table. Holiday Inn on the Bay, 1355 N. Harbor Drive. 800-944-5639. $49.50.
Where There's a Will... There's a Wake: Gangland figure Sonny Shoehorn is heir to the family fortune unless his siblings have their way. Presented by Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater at Imperial House Restaurant, 505 Kalmia St. in Bankers Hill. 619-544-1600.