The Miracle Worker runs through April 10 at Lamb’s Players Theatre in Coronado. $24-$72; lambsplayers.org
In college did you ever have that eccentric but brilliant professor whose energy and borderline wackiness made even the densest of lectures entertaining and educational? If so, expect a sense of déjà vu if you’re in the audience for the San Diego Rep’s return of D.W. Jacobs’ R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe. This prodigious one-man show starring Ron Campbell had its world premiere at the Rep almost exactly 16 years ago. In the interim, it’s been staged all over the country and as far away as Poland.
While the show is way longer than it needs to be and tries to answer far too many questions, it’s a formidable turn for Campbell as the quirky but brilliant Fuller, whose vision of “Spaceship Earth” and the universe beyond is pop legend. With its high concepts and Utopian sensibilities, this is a thinking-person’s antidote for the dumbed-down Donald Trump era.
R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe runs through April 3 on the San Diego Repertory Theatre’s Lyceum Stage, downtown. $33 and up. sdrep.org
Rope: A new Western musical about a legendary hangman who retires from public executions much to the chagrin of his promoter wife. Written by local playwright Mark Sickman, it is playing now through April 3 at the Tenth Avenue Theatre in the Gaslamp. ropethemusical.com
Rain: This new musical based on a short story by Somerset Maugham centers on a missionary, a doctor and their wives who meet a lovable prostitute in ’20s Western Samoa. Directed by Barry Edelstein, it opens March 24 at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. theoldglobe.org
Seussical: A family-friendly musical where all of the characters of Dr. Seuss share the stage at the same time. Presented by Star Repertory Theatre, it opens for five performances March 24 at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. starrepertorytheatre.com
WaistWatchers The Musical: A musical parody about four women obsessing over diet, work out regimens, plastic surgery and sex in their search for self-love. Presented by San Diego Repertory Theatre, it runs through March 27 at the Lyceum Space Theatre in the Gaslamp. sdrep.org
Blithe Spirit: Noel Coward’s comedy deals with a writer having to deal with two wives when the first one returns from the after-life to haunt him. It runs through April 2 at OnStage Playhouse in Chula Vista. onstageplayhouse.info
R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe: A return engagement of the one-man-show about a spaceship captain and the audience is part of the crew. Starring former Cirque du Soleil clown Ron Campbell, it runs through April 3 at the Lyceum Stage in Downtown. sdrep.org
Mack & Mabel: The musical story of a silent film director recalling his love affair with an actress he discovered. It runs through April 10 at the Lamplighters Community Theatre in La Mesa. lamplighterslamesa.com
Private Eyes: Steven Dietz’s dark “comedy of suspicion” in which the audience is left to their own devices to decide whether or not a couple is cheating on one another. It runs through April 10 at PowPAC Community Theatre in Escondido.
The Miracle Worker: William Gibson’s classic story of Helen Keller and her committed teacher Anne Sullivan. It runs through April 10 at the Lamb’s Players Theatre in Coronado. lambsplayers.org
The Rocky Horror Show: You’ve seen the movie, now see the show about a couple who unwillingly stumbles upon the castle of a “sweet transvestite” and a sordid cast of characters. Presented by Cygnet Theatre, it runs through May 1 at the Old Town Theatre. cygnettheatre.com