By Michael Benninger
5/29-7/5: Come from Away
La Jolla Playhouse
2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla
This rock-fueled musical based on actual events tells the tale of what went down in Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, when 38 flights were redirected to a small-town airport following the most horrific terrorist attack that ever took place on American soil.
New Village Arts Theatre
2787 State St., Carlsbad
An adopted dog comes between empty-nesters in this comedic play set in New York City.
6/9-14: Motown the Musical
San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 Third Ave., Downtown
Follow the evolution of the featherweight boxer who became the founder of Motown records, providing a platform for such legendary artists as Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson.
6/12-7/26: West Side Story
Lamb's Players Theatre
1142 Orange Ave., Coronado
This throwback reboot of Romeo and Juliet reminds audiences of simpler times, when gangs fought with switchblades instead of submachine guns, and when opposing forces took the time to sing and dance before brawling in the streets over the color of their skin.
6/21-7/26: Twelfth Night
The Old Globe
1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park
A marooned maiden in drag conveys messages between a depressed duke and a crabby countess in this classic Shakespearean comedy set on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.