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Theater Review: “Put Your House in Order””

“Put Your House in Order” plays through June 30, 2019 at La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive on the UCSD campus.

My mom used to try to get me to clean up my room (and later, my apartment) with this logic: As soon as you let it get messy, company will ring your doorbell.

Maybe that’s what Ike Holter is trying to tell us in “Put Your House in Order,” a new three-hander billed as a combination romantic comedy/apocalyptic thriller.

Movie Review: “The Raft"

“The Raft” opens June 21 at the Digital Gym in North Park.

The film’s poster calls it “the strangest group experiment of all time,” and now it’s immortalized in director Marcus Lindeen’s award-winning documentary “The Raft.”

Theater Review: “A Walk in the Woods”

“A Walk in the Woods” plays through June 30, 2019 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach.

You and I will probably never know what goes on at a high-level negotiating table where the topic is the reduction of nuclear arms. But in Lee Blessing’s delightful “A Walk in the Woods” (playing through June 30 at North Coast Repertory Theatre) we learn that frivolousness is important as a negotiating strategy.

Theater Review: “The Producers”

“The Producers” plays through June 29, 2019 at Moonlight Amphitheatre, Brengle Terrace Park, 1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista.

Oh, those Broadway producers, always scrounging for a buck and looking for the hit that will make them a killing.

Mel Brooks decided to skewer that whole notion in his 1967 film “The Producers,” in which Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder went to town (and made a mint doing it).

In 2001, Brooks and Thomas Meehan adapted the film for the stage.

Theater Review: “What You Are”

“What You Are” plays through June 30, 2019 at The Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Work is how most of us verify that we are somebody. That is true of all workers, but especially of white men with less than a college education.

Theater Review: “Little Shop of Horrors”

“Little Shop of Horrors” plays through August 4, 2019 at New Village Arts, 2787 State Street, Carlsbad.

Watch out. That man-(and woman)-eating plant with the enormous red mouth and insatiable appetite is back to menace the curious and the unwary.

Yes, it’s “Little Shop of Horrors,” directed by AJ Knox and playing through Aug. 4 at Carlsbad’s New Village Arts.

Theater Review: “M. Butterfly”

Theater Review: “M. Butterfly."

Truth is stranger than fiction, and love can be even weirder than that, as David Henry Hwang shows us in his tale of seduction, obsession and espionage “M. Butterfly,” playing through June 8 at South Coast Repertory.

Theater Review: “The Old Man and the Old Moon”

Theater Review: “The Old Man and the Old Moon."

Some plays lay it all out for you. Others, like PigPen Theatre Company’s “The Old Man and the Old Moon” not only use imagination, but require it of theater company, performers and audience.

So when you go to Coronado Playhouse’s lovely production, sit back, relax and prepare to accept everything you see as true or demonstrating a truth.

Theater Review: “Pride and Prejudice”

“Pride and Prejudice” plays through June 16, 2019 at Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. in Old Town.

Let’s face it, Jane Austen is an easy and obvious target for re-interpretation and comedy, even satire. Austen practically wrote the bible on late 18th- century English society, and was forward-looking enough to write about strong female characters with definite opinions they were not afraid to express. And she didn’t shy away from humor.

Theater Review: “Venus in Fur”

“Venus in Fur” plays through June 15, 2019 at Onstage Playhouse, 291 Third Avenue in Chula Vista.

The joys of the whip and absolute, voluntary servitude to a superior Mistress are on display in David Ives’ clever and thought-provoking “Venus in Fur,” playing through June 15 at Chula Vista’s OnStage Playhouse.