Our critics weigh in on local theatre

Leftovers, the Ups and Downs of a Compulsive Eater: A new version of the original off-Broadway production about women, weight, and self-esteem. Starting Aug. 6, Sundays, 3 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 28, $10-15. The Next Stage, 1620 Gough (at Bush), Trinity Episcopal Church, 333-6389.

Megan's Skin: Jose Luis Leiva directs Rey Carolino's comic drama about the travails of an Irish family. Starting Aug. 6, Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 21, $10-20. Jon Sims Center for the Arts, 1519 Mission (at 11th St.), 554-0402.

The Mysterious Mr. Looney: The Central Works company takes on this comic exploration of the life of the purported true author of Shakespeare's works. Sundays, 5 p.m.; Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 29, $8-20. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant (at Ellsworth), Berkeley, 510-843-4822.

Snakebit: Theatre Q takes on the story of Michael, a social worker who loses his home and finds himself after a breakup. Sundays, 2 p.m.; Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 22, $15-20. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro (at Mercy), Mountain View, 650-903-6000.

Speed the Plow: David Mamet's darkly comic examination of sexual politics, deal-making and manipulation in Hollywood. Starting Aug. 6, Fri.-Sun., 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 15, $15-17. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 896-6477, www.offmarkettheater.com.

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