An early scene in David Mamet's adaptation of The Voysey Inheritance includes the word “lugubrious,” which basically means whiny. Knowing Dave, he probably used the term on a lark or a dare—he's normally a two-fisted kinda guy who gets by just fine without those silver-plated $20 words. In this current Lamb's Players Theatre entry, Mamet's usual conciseness is hobbled by Harvey Granville-Barker's tight but lukewarm 1905 morality story, in which Edward Voysey (Jon Lorenz) discovers that his London financier father's been speculating with client money. The victims raise hell even as Ed tries to make them whole—meanwhile, Lorenz's portrayal could use a bigger dose of introspection as he scurries to right the wrongs. Director Deborah Gilmour Smyth presides over a very good interpretation of Edward's fiancée Alice Maitland as portrayed by Ayla Yarkut. This is watchable work overall, but it may not sit well with diehard Mamet fans. The San Diego premiere of The Voysey Inheritance runs through May 18 at the Paul & Ione Harter Stage, 1142 Orange Ave. in Coronado. $25.50-$54. 619-437-0600 or www.lambsplayers.org.—Martin Jones Westlin
Funny Bones: Four writers examine death in four short plays and from four very different perspectives. Opens April 20 at 6th@Penn Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. 619-688-9210 or www.6thatpenn.com. $12-$15.
Hysterical Blindness: Three working-class women try to build relationships and find meaning in their lives within the cultural boundaries of 1980s Bayonne, N.J. Produced by Backyard Productions, the show runs in previews April 17 to 19 and opens April 20 at Cygnet Theatre's Rolando venue, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. in the College Area. 619-995-2225 or www.sdbackyardproductions.com. $15-$25.
La Gaviota: A family retreats to the East Mexican coast of 1910 as a nation prepares for war, only to face the fiercer battles of the human heart. Presented by Ion Theatre Company, the show is in previews and opens April 18 at The Lab at the Academy of Performing Arts, 4580-B Alvarado Canyon Road in Mission Valley. 619-374-6894 or www.iontheatre.com. $23.50-$27.50.
Prelude to a Kiss: An uninvited guest at Rita and Peter's wedding congratulates the bride with a kiss, fueling a journey of hidden longings. Opens April 19 at New Village Arts, 2787-B State St. in Carlsbad. 760-433-3245 or www.newvillagearts.org. $22-$26.
The Glass Menagerie: The Wingfield family implodes amid its despair while daughter Laura handled matters by retreating into her collection of little glass animals. The show is in previews and opens April 17 at The Old Globe Theatre's Cassius Carter Centre Stage, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. 619-23-GLOBE or www.oldglobe.org. $47-$54.
* A Little Night Music: A lawyer and his trophy wife experience a series of events that reflect the pain and pleasure of romantic love. Through May 11 at Cygnet Theatre's Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. in Old Town. 619-337-1525 or www.cygnettheatre.com. $24-$35.
* Dancing in the Dark: A fading Hollywood star teams with a Shakespearean actor and a bunch of diverse theatrical personalities to create a musical that's strictly “entertainment.” Through April 20 at The Old Globe Theatre mainstage, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. 619-23-GLOBE or www.oldglobe.org. $52-$69.
* Miss Julie: A debutante courts danger on a hot summer night amid thoughts of an affair with her servant. Through April 27 at the Tenth Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Ave., Downtown. 619-544-1484 or www.sledgehammer.org. $10-$25.Mornings at Seven: Two houses with adjoining backyards set the scene for a tale about hope, love, lost dreams and family. Through May 11 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-B Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach. 858-481-1055 or www.northcoastrep.org. $31-$35.
* 33 Variations: A musicologist travels to Bonn for a closer look at Beethoven's Diabelli variations and learns to embrace the legacy of her own life. Through May 4 at La Jolla Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theater, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla. 858-550-1010 or www.lajollaplayhouse.org. $29-$45. See our review here.
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 Café Dinner Theater at Imperial House Restaurant, 505 Kalmia St. in Bankers Hill. 619-544-1600. $54.50-$59.50.