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Theater Review: “Noises Off"

Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 pm; Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 4 and 8 pm; Sunday at 2 pm.

Oh, those touring shows. If it isn’t one damned problem, it’s another – especially when it’s a low-level company in tech rehearsal for a cheesy show called “Nothing On” – and nothing is working right. Lines are botched, cues don’t work right, props wander off, and tomorrow is opening night, so there’s no time for a dress rehearsal.

Theater Review: “Soul Doctor”

“Soul Doctor” plays through April 22, 2018, at San Diego Repertory’s Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown.

Orthodox rabbis often raise their sons in the hope that at least one will enter the rabbinate.

But “Rock Star Rabbi” Shlomo Carlebach’s parents didn’t expect to find their son ministering to a mixed group of San Francisco’s hippies, drug addicts and flower children and singing songs like “Lord, Get Me High.”

Theater Review: “Shrew!”

“Shrew!” plays through April 21, 2018 at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa.

“The Taming of the Shrew” has been a problematic play from the beginning, especially with that last scene of a “tamed” Kate advising women to put a hand beneath their husband’s foot as a sign of submission.

The years since then have only intensified women’s discomfort with the play.

Theater Review: “Buyer and Cellar”

“Buyer and Cellar” runs through April 22, 2018, at the Broadway Theater, 340 East Broadway, Vista.

How many celebrities do you know who have an underground shopping mall in their basement, stocked with tchotchkes and other memorabilia of their public lives?

Theater Review: “Beachtown"

“Beachtown” plays through April 15, 2018, at San Diego Repertory Theatre’s Lyceum Space, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown.

And now for something completely different.

San Diego Repertory’s Playwright-in-Residence Herbert Siguenza has teamed with Rachel Grossman, artistic director of dog & pony dc theater company, for something San Diego hasn’t seen recently: immersive theater, the kind that invites the audience to “write” the play by becoming part of the action.

Theater Review: “The Happiest Place on Earth”

“The Happiest Place on Earth” plays through April 15, 2018 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Boulevard, University Heights.

Have you ever expected to find happiness at Disneyland? I haven’t, but playwright Philip Dawkins’ solo piece “The Happiest Place on Earth” describes how his family, crippled by grief in 1963 at the sudden death of family patriarch Philip Eakins (a beloved Albuquerque sportscaster), used a family visit to Disneyland to dull the pain, if not to dispense happiness.

Theater Review: “A Jewish Joke"

“A Jewish Joke” plays through April 8, 2018, at Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd.

The trajectory of a life can change on a dime – or, in the case of Bernie Lutz, on a mere suspicion.

Theater Review: "Cambodian Rock Band"

“Cambodian Rock Band” plays through March 25, 2018 at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Cambodian psychedelic surf-rock music provides both the backdrop and the catalyst for truth-telling in the world premiere of Lauren Yee’s enchanting “Cambodian Rock Band,” playing through March 25 at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.

Theater Review: "The Cake"

Faith Prince as “Della" in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of "The Cake."

The times they are a-changin’, sometimes for the better. “The Cake” (at La Jolla Playhouse’s Potiker Theatre through March 4) is Exhibit A, or at least the latest issue-oriented play to hit the local boards.

Playwright Bekah Brunstetter, centers this play on people she knows well: conservative Baptists in North Carolina, among whom she grew up.

Theater Review: “Bliss (or Emily Post is Dead)”

“Bliss (or Emily Post is Dead)” plays through February 25, 2018, at  Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. in the SDSU area.

Sometimes people mess up their own lives. Sometimes the culture, the time, and social norms do it for them.

In Jami Brandli’s “Bliss” set in 1960, before the civil rights and women’s rights movements got air under their wings, three women who feel like “indentured servants” are victims of Emily Post and the prevailing regressive attitudes about women.