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FREAKY FRIDAY
Jan. 31-March 12. When a mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding, in this new musical comedy based on the celebrated novel and hit Disney films. Mandell Weiss Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010.

PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
Feb. 4-March 12. Steve Martin returns to the Globe with this clever and crowd-pleasing comedy hit set in Paris 1904 about a chance encounter between two soon-to-be legends—Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein. Shiley Stage at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.

2.5 MINUTE RIDE
Feb. 9-March 19. This inventive solo show is a roller coaster adventure through the playwright’s family album, focusing on her relationship with her father, a Holocaust survivor, and the ties that bind a family. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. #101, University Heights, 619.220.0097.

WELL
Feb. 10-March 19. This comedy begins as a reverent study of the playwright’s chronically ill mother and her extraordinary ability to heal a racially divided community despite her inability to make herself well. A funny and magical memoir, Well reveals how we heal ourselves is not always the best medicine for those we love. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. #101, University Heights, 619.220.0097.

THE ILLUSION
Feb. 22-March 19. Renowned playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) gives us a wildly inventive tour de force, which celebrates the magic and illusory nature of theater. It’s an entertaining tale of passion, regret, love and magic. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.

SEX WITH STRANGERS
Feb. 23-March 19. This sensuous and provocative comedy about fame and cyber identity explores the timely question: what transpires when our online and offline identities intersect and our private lives become public domain? Contains strong language. San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000.

THE BLAMELESS
Feb. 23-March 26. Developed in The Old Globe’s 2016 New Voices Festival, this world-premiere play is a compassionate and moving look at the power of familial bonds in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Contains strong language. White Theatre at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.

SHADOWLANDS
Through April 9. One of the great love stories of the 20th century, Shadowlands follows influential author C.S. Lewis as he meets an American fan, Joy Davidman Gresham, whom he befriends and eventually marries. The story also reveals Lewis’ struggle with personal pain and grief when Joy passes away from cancer. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000. 

ON THE 20TH CENTURY
March 9-April 30. Luck, love and mischief collide on the Twentieth Century—a luxury train traveling from Chicago to New York—when a bankrupt theater producer attempts to cajole a Hollywood starlet into playing the lead in his new, non-existent drama. Cygnet Theatre at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525. 

KINKY BOOTS
March 10-12. Based on true events, this Tony Award-winning musical comedy—featuring songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper—tells the heartwarming story of a shoe factory owner struggling to save his family’s business. Help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100. 

RED VELVET
March 25-April 30. Lolita Chakrabarti’s multi-award-winning drama, set in London in the early 1800s, uncovers the fascinating true story of a pivotal figure in theater history, Ira Aldridge—a young American who was the first black man to play Othello on the British stage. Shiley Stage at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623. 

INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH
March 30-April 23. In this adaptation of the bestselling novel, 19-year-old Nayeli takes inspiration from the film The Magnificent Seven. She sets out on an epic quest from Mexico to the U.S. to find men and smuggle them back across the border to defend her town from drug dealers. SD Rep at Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000. 

FINDING NEVERLAND
April 4-9. The magic of playwright J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan, springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Learn the story behind the story, inspired by four young brothers’ enchanting make-believe adventures.
Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100. 

SKELETON CREW
April 8-May 7. Just months away from her retirement, a Detroit autoworker is torn between self-preservation and allegiance to her co-workers in what The New York Times calls “a deeply moral and deeply American play … squarely in the tradition of Arthur Miller.” Contains strong language. White Theatre at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623. 

TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT
April 12-May 7. Eccentric Aunt Augusta shakes up the life of her staid, bourgeois nephew by igniting his lust for adventure. Four highly versatile actors tackle more than 20 roles in this life-changing, offbeat odyssey. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055. 

BALLAST
May 4-June 4. This cutting-edge new play intertwines the story of two relationships between trans and cisgender partners in an exploration of personal identity and how gender shapes our spirituality, desires and destiny.
Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., #101, University Heights, 619.220.0097. 

THE MUSIC MAN
May 5-July 23. This beloved, family musical follows Harold Hill, a traveling salesman who cons the residents of a small town in Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he insists he is organizing. Lawrence Welk Resorts Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido, 888.802.7469. 

JERSEY BOYS
May 9-14. The Tony Award-winning Best Musical tells the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history—The Four Seasons—and features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.

ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE
Opens May 9. Featuring original songs and Jimmy Buffett classics, this world-premiere musical tells the story of a bartender/singer named Tully who thinks he’s got life all figured out. Then a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything. Mandell Weiss Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010. 

THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON
May 13-June 18. Catch the West Coast premiere of this imaginative play that tells the epic tale of an old man who must abandon his duties of filling up the moon with liquid light to cross the seas in search of his missing wife. Shiley Stage at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623. 

SHOCKHEADED PETER
May 18-June 18. Fall into the world of Victorian steam-punk nightmares as a manic music box spins stories of naughty children and misguided parents in this silly and sinister play. Cygnet Theatre in Old Town, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525.