The wags are calling this year's V-Day entries the event of the decade. And seeing as how V-Day is 10 years old now, that's a fairly clever turn of phrase. Fact is, though, there's nothing funny behind the creation of this grassroots charity designed to end violence against women and girls worldwide. In 2008, some 120 countries will host more than 3,700 performance-based V-Day events, two of which take place in Chula Vista this weekend. Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, the movement's centerpiece, is set for Friday, Feb. 22, at Chula Vista's OnStage Playhouse, to be followed the next night by a staged reading of Ensler's A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer. Your ticket money will help compound the $50 million V-Day has raised the previous nine years. Chula Vista's OnStage Playhouse is located at 291 Third Ave. $15. 619-422-7787 or www.onstageplayhouse.org.—Martin Jones Westlin
A Shayna Maidel: A Holocaust survivor has tales of grief and hope for her younger sister when the two are reunited in America after 20 years. Now in previews, the show opens Feb. 23 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach. 858-481-1055 or northcoastrep.org. $32-$35.
Permanent Collection: A clash on race, legacy and the media erupts amid a conflict over eight pieces of important African art. Presented by Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, the show previews Feb. 21 and opens Feb. 22 at The 10th Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Ave. downtown. 619-342-7395 or www.moolelo.net. $25, $30 opening night.Rhubarb, or How to Play with a Roller Girl: An artist finally finds her muse with the help of two oracles and a roller girl. The show, presented by MOXIE Theatre, is in previews and opens Feb. 23 at The Lyceum space, 79 Horton Plaza downtown. 619-544-1000 or www.moxietheater.com. $15-$20, $30 opening night.
The Clean House: A maid's quest for the perfect joke leads to the transformation of a household swept away by big surprises and affairs of the heart. The show, presented by San Diego Repertory Theatre, is in previews Feb. 23 through 28 and opens Feb. 29 at The Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza downtown. 619-544-1000 or www.sandiegorep.com. $29-$48.
tick...tick..Boom!: Jonathan is still trying to write the great American musical before time—and, unpredictably for him, life—pass him by. Presented by Stone Soup Theatre, the show previews Feb. 22 and 23 and opens Feb. 24 at The Lab, Academy of Performing Arts, 4580-B Alvarado Canyon Road in Mission Valley. 619-287-3065 or www.stonesouptheatre.net. $25, student rush $20 an hour before the show.
Anton in Show Business: A stuffy television actress, a bustin'-out-all-over ingenue and a jaded New Yorker collaborate on an ill-fated San Antonio production of Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters. Through March 2 at 6th@Penn Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. 619-688-9210 or www.sixthatpenn.com. $20-$23.
* Fences: Troy Maxson is fencing in his family amid his abandonment of personal responsibility. Through March 2 at Cygnet Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. in the College Area. 619-337-1525 or www.cygnettheatre.com. $22-$31
* The Seven: A brutal struggle for the throne of Thebes pits Oedipus' cursed sons against one another and transforms a peaceful countryside into a hostile battlefield. Through March 16 at La Jolla Playhouse's Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla. 858-550-1010 or www.lajollaplayhouse.org. $34-$60.
Tony and Cleo: The love story of Antony and Cleopatra is told, this one based on historical and primary sources and not on Shakespeare. Through Feb 27 at 6th@Penn Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. 619-688-9210 or www.6thatpenn.com. $12-$15.Dinner theater
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 ot 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.