Winter Theater Guide 

click to enlarge The Cutting Ball Theater stages "Ubu Roi," Alfred Jarry’s 1896 parody of "Macbeth."
  • The Cutting Ball Theater stages "Ubu Roi," Alfred Jarry’s 1896 parody of "Macbeth."
The Bay Area theater season is in full swing this time of year, with new plays opening alongside revivals of classic dramas, comedies and favorite musicals.

Silent Sky: Theatreworks presents local playwright Lauren Gunderson’s drama based on the life of 20th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt. Through Feb. 9, $19-$73. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, (650) 463-1960,

Lovebirds: Expect crazy love and big laughs in the world premiere of Marga Gomez’s new solo show. Thursday through March 15, $15-$50. Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F., (415) 282-3055,

Ubu Roi: The Cutting Ball Theater presents Alfred Jarry’s 1896 parody of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, in a new translation by Rob Melrose. Friday-Feb. 23, $10-$50, Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor St., S.F. (415) 525-1205,

Man in a Case: The great dance artist Mikhail Baryshnikov returns to Berkeley Repertory Theatre in this production based on two Chekhov stories. Saturday-Feb. 16, $45-$125, Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 647-2949,

Jerusalem: Jez Butterworth’s play, which starred Mark Rylance in Tony Award-winning performance on Broadway, explores the conflict between economic development and sacred land. Saturday-March 8, $20-$100, San Francisco Playhouse, 450 Post St., S.F., $20-$100, (415) 677-9596,

Hir: Taylor Mac’s play follows a mother trying to forge a brave new world for her two wayward children. Jan. 29-Feb. 23, $30-$60. Magic Theatre, Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F., (415) 441-8822,

The House that Will Not Stand: Playwright Marcus Gardley explores the lives of women of color in 1836 New Orleans. Jan. 31-March 16, $29-$59. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 647-2949,

Gidion’s Knot: Jon Tracy directs the Bay Area premiere of Johnna Adams’ drama about school bullying and protective parents. Jan. 31-March 2, $32-$60. Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 843-4822,

Indian Summer: In this new work by San Francisco playwright Charles Johnson, an Alabama ex-con tries to resume his music career. Feb. 6-March 1, $15-$50 Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.,

Napoli!: American Conservatory Theater travels to 1940s Italy for Eduardo de Filippo’s comedy. Feb. 12-March 9, $20-$120. 415 Geary St., S.F., (415) 749-2228,

Twelfth Night: California Shakespeare Theater launches its 40th season with an all-female cast for Shakespeare’s most glorious comedy. Feb. 20-March 2, $20, Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission St., S.F., (510) 548-9666,

Lasso of Truth: Get the inside scoop on Wonder Woman and her quirky creator, cartoonist William Moulton Marston, in Carson Kreitzer’s bio-play. Feb. 20-March 16, $37-$58, Marin Theatre Co, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley, (415) 388-5208,

Venus in Fur: American Conservatory Theater mounts the Bay Area premiere of David Ives’ sizzling Broadway hit about a young actress and the director she auditions for. March 19-April 13. $20-$120. 415 Geary St., S.F., (415) 749-2228,

She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange: Crowded Fire Theater takes a ride through downsized America in Amelia Roper’s play. March 20-April 12, $10-$35. Thick House, 1695 18th St., S.F., (415) 746-9238,

Standing on Ceremony-The Gay Marriage Plays: The collection of witty, warm and occasionally wacky short works boasts contributing writers including Mo Gaffney, Neil LaBute and Paul Rudnick. March 21-April 27, $15-$25. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 861-8972,

Mamma Mia!: Get your Abba on in the hit show, which has logged some 4,000 performances on Broadway and 5,000 on London’s West End, returns to the Bay Area. March 28-April 6, prices TBA, Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., S.F., (888) 746-1799,

Fences: August Wilson’s searing drama gets an all-star cast featuring Carl Lumbly, Steven Anthony Jones and Margo Hall. April 10-May 11, $37-$53. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, (415) 388-5208,

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