Fat Pig: Tom surprises even himself when he falls in love with a big fat balloon named Helen. Produced by InnerMission Productions and Onstage Playhouse, the show opens Sept. 5 at OnStage Playhouse, 291 Third Ave. in Chula Vista. $13-$15. 619-422-7787 or www.onstageplayhouse.org.
Hairdresser on Fire: Lawrence meets Allan, and everything is great—until Lawrence is forced to choose between his art, his friends and his love. Opens Sept. 7 at Compass Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. 619-688-9210 or www.compasstheatre.com.
Memphis: A demented rock DJ named Huey is spinning the music of black and white America for the first time—only it's the 1950s, and his defiance will get him more than he bargained for. Opens Sept. 3 at La Jolla Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla. $46-$62.
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, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. $56-$64. 619-23-GLOBE or www.oldglobe.org.
* Pretty Fire: Actor Charlayne Woodard's biography touches on racism, family and growing up. Produced by Lamb's Players Theatre, it runs through Sept. 7 at the Paul and Ione Harter Stage, 1142 Orange Ave. in Coronado. $20-$52. 619-437-0600 or www.lambsplayers.org.
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, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. $56-$64. 619-23-GLOBE or www.oldglobe.org.
*The Joy Luck Club: A group of Chinese-American immigrant families feast on food and retell the stories that shaped their mother-daughter relationships. Produced by the Asian-American Repertory Theatre, the show runs through Sept. 14 at The Lab, Academy for the Performing Arts, 4580-B Alvarado Canyon Road in Mission Valley. $15-$20. 888-568-2678.
The Merry Wives of Windsor: John Falstaff uses his celebrity to hit on two married women. Through Sept. 28 at The Old Globe's Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. $56-$64. 619-23-GLOBE or www.oldglobe.org.
Troilus and Cressida: It's bad enough that the noble warrior Hector has to die, but he's taking Troilus and Cressida's love down with him. Through Oct. 5 at Compass Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. $20-$23. 619-688-9210 or www.compasstheatre.com.
Where There's a Will... There's a Wake: Gangland figure Sonny Shoeleone 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.