It's always nice to feel like you're an insider, with the chance to take in something few others get to see.
Like a look behind the curtain at a three fictional families in crisis. Or at the homes of the fortunate few who snagged properties built by a famed home designer.
Three plays, and a historic home tour are there for your going-out pleasure March 24-27 in Rancho Bernardo and beyond. There also is a dance option.
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CLOSE TO HOME
Where/when: Alliant International University, Benbough Theatre, 10455 Pomerado Rd., Scripps Ranch, Friday through Sunday.
Why Go: Scripps Ranch Theatre continues its production of the much-honored Crimes of the Heart, a play about three sisters and their travails; 8 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. matinee Sunday.
Where/when: Bernardo Winery, the Vine, 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo, Saturday and Sunday.
Why Go: To watch Mojalet Dance Collective as the company celebrates its 20th anniversary by reviving some of its better works; 7 p.m. Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday.
A LITTLE FARTHER AFIELD
Where/when: La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, Thursday through Sunday.
Why Go: Little Miss Sunshine, the musical based on the sleeper movie hit, closes Sunday. Performances include evenings and matinees. Its award-winning creative team has taken productions to Broadway before. Could they again? If so, you could say you saw it first.
Where/when: California Center for the Arts, 340 Escondido Blvd., Escondido, Friday through Sunday.
Why Go: Enjoy Arts Off Broadway's production of the musical Hairspray, a sweet-spirited and hopeful take on the turbulent 1960s; Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday.
Where/when: Whaley House, 2476 San Diego Ave., San Diego, 10 a.m. Sunday.
Why Go: Join in the Save Our Heritage Organisation's annual home tour, which focuses on the work of Cliff May, whose designs evoked old California haciendas. Participants can meet at Whaley House for a trolley tour or guide themselves using SOHO's materials.
Price: $30-$45; lower prices apply if purchased before Saturday.