Sir John Falstaff (Eric Hoffman) will stop at nothing for a roll in the kip with a couple of married women, and he's banking on his street-boy image to get him there. He fails miserably, of course, which only goes to show that the extent of a man's bravado is directly disproportionate to the size of his penis. That's basically what William Shakespeare was saying when he wrote The Merry Wives of Windsor, one of The Old Globe Theatre's three summer Shakespeare entries—so why couldn't director Paul Mullins let him say it instead of complicating matters amid the Old West setting? If we don't get a glimpse of Shakespeare's authentic world, how will we learn more about our own? Merry Wives runs through Sept. 28 at The Globe's Lowell Davies Festival Theatre in Balboa Park. $56-$64. www.oldglobe.org.—Martin Jones Westlin
A Streetcar Named Desire: Blanche DuBois shows up at the Kowalski household, where her faint hopes for a better life are dashed for good. Produced by Ion Theatre Company and currently in previews, it opens July 12 at The Lab, Academy for the Performing Arts in Mission Valley. www.iontheatre.com. $22.50 to $25.50, $35 opening night.
tick... tick... BOOM!: Jonathan is working on a musical, and he'd better finish it before it's too late. Produced by Stone Soup Theatre, it opens July 10 at Tenth Avenue Theatre, Downtown. www.stone souptheatre.net. $20-$25.
Yank!: This musical is the inside story of how some servicemen grew a lot closer during World War II. Opens in previews July 10 at Diversionary Theatre in University Heights. www.diversionary.org. $20-$35, opening night $45.
* All's Well That Ends Well: Helena jumps through a bunch of hoops to land her man, and she finds that this marriage thing isn't all it's cracked up to be. Through Sept. 27 at The Old Globe's Lowell Davies Festival Theatre in Balboa Park. www.oldglobe.org. $56-$64.
* 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 in Carlsbad. www.newvillagearts.org. $20-$26.
* Madagascar: Three people confront their demons after a loved one goes missing. Through Aug. 3 at North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach. www.northcoast.org. $28-$35. See our review on this page.
Romeo and Juliet: Two crazy kids from Italy fall in love, only to die amid a pointless family feud. Through Sept. 26 at The Old Globe's Lowell Davies Festival Theatre in Balboa Park. www.oldglobe.org. $56-$64.
* 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, it runs through July 13 at the Paul and Ione Harter Stage in Coronado. 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.