By his own description, Tom (Brendan Cavalier) is weak and fearful. He found that out because he fell in love with Helen (Carla Nell), who's as fat as five hippos and whose grave mistake was loving Tom back. Neil LaBute's Fat Pig is a decent, if sentimental, testament to the whole sorry affair—to boot, the acting's pretty good, and I admire Nell's drive and her InnerMission Productions' commitment to theater as a community service. Fat Pig runs through Oct. 4 at OnStage Playhouse, 291 Third Ave. in Chula Vista. 619-422-7787 or www.onstageplsyhouse.org.
Dream Girls: A trio of black female singers takes on the rough-and-tumble showbiz market to live their dreams. Produced by San Diego Musical Theater, the show opens Sept. 12 at The Lyceum, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown. $32-$50. 858-560-5740 or www.sdmt.org.
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris: This is a cabaret show of songs that gained the Belgium-born composer a huge cult following in the U.S. Opens in previews Sept. 10 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-B Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach. $30-$42. 858-481-1055 or www.northcoastrep.org.
No Exit: Three strangers mercilessly exploit each other's fears and weaknesses in a windowless room. Opens in previews Sept. 11 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. in University Heights. $29-$33, $45 opening night, Sept. 13. 619-220-0097 or www.diversionary.org.
The Good Body: Playwright Eve Ensler went around the world to interview women about their body images; this is the result. Produced by The San Diego Repertory Theater, it opens Sept. 12 at The Lyceum, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown. $34-$39. 619-544-1000 or www.sdrep.org.
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.
Hairdresser on Fire: Lawrence meets Allan, and everything is great—until Lawrence is forced to choose between his art, his friends and his love. Through Oct. 8 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. Through Sept. 28 at La Jolla Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla. $46-$62. 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, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. $56-$64. 619-23-GLOBE or www.oldglobe.org.
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; 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.
* 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.