Charlotte is a beautiful young woman, except that she keeps confusing “beautiful” with “hot,” to the delight of the jerk-ass men around her. Her true self-discovery doesn't come until the very end of Lynx Performance Theatre's Everything Will Be Different, when she gently comforts her dad in spite of his big fat self. The Mark Schultz script is overeager in places, but the show features a very good effort by Michelle Procopio as Charlotte and a once-in-a-lifetime turn by Walter Ritter as guidance counselor Gary Smith. It's great to see director Al Germani at work again—this is the company's first piece since 1809, a full 41 years before California attained statehood. The show runs through Nov. 23 at San Diego Danceworks, 2653 Ariane Drive in Clairemont. $10-$25. 619-889-3190 or www.lynxperformance.com.
Don't Dress for Dinner: Sexy hanky-panky and a case of mistaken identity color what was supposed to be a quiet dinner in a French country house. Now in previews, it opens Oct. 25 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach. $39-$45. 858-481-1055 or www.northcaostrep.org.
Water and Power: Two brothers, flush with the temptations of new and immense influence, attempt to save themselves from the abyss of realpolitik. Produced by The San Diego Repertory Theatre and starring Culture Clash, the show is in previews and opens Oct. 26 at The Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown. $34-$39. 619-544-1000 or www.sdrep.org.
Back, Back, Back: Three baseball players eventually turn on each other amid a wave of steroid use that threatens to destroy the game. Through Oct. 26 at the Copley Auditorium, 1649 El Prado in Balboa Park. $55. 619-23-GLOBE or www.oldglobe.org.
* 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. 619-337-1525 or www.cygnettheatre.com.
* Fool for Love: Eddie and Mae battle obsession, jealousy and each other in a night of heart-to-heart, hand-to-hand combat. Through Oct. 26 at New Village Arts Theatre, 2787-B State St. in Carlsbad. $22-$30. 760-433-3245 or www.newvillagearts.org.
In a Dark, Dark House and Bash: These two plays feature dark secrets and ordinary people's capacities for committing unspeakable acts. Produced by Ion Theatre Company, the shows run in repertory through Nov. 1 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.
* The Women: The seamy side of Depression-era New York-socialite life is exposed. Through Oct. 26 at The Old Globe Theatre mainstage, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. $56-$58. 619-23-GLOBE or www.oldglobe.org.
* Bleeding Kansas: The slavery issue, a new resident with a scandalous lifestyle and heightened religious fervor threaten neighborly relations in the Kansas farmland. Produced by MOXIE Theatre, the show runs through Nov. 2 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. in University Heights. $15-$25. 619-275-0332 or www.moxietheatre.com. See our review on this page.