The Taming of the Shrew:Marin Shakespeare Company mounts a Wild West-themed production of Shakespeare's comic romance. Fri.-Sun., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m. Continues through Sept. 25, free-$26. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, Dominican University, 50 Acacia (at Grand), San Rafael, 499-1108.
Victim of a Mind Trap:Eric Barry's new play delves into the lives of three San Francisco teenagers who use a dangerous and compelling "dream machine" to play out their fantasies. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 25, $13-15. Xenodrome, 1320 Potrero (at 25th St.), 285-9366, www.xenodrome.com.
The Violet Hour: A Jazz-Age comedy about a publisher whose future depends on his next book who receives mysterious messages from the future. Starting Sept. 17, Saturdays, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 23, $30-50. SF Playhouse, 536 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596, www.sfplayhouse.org.
The White House Murder Case:Jules Feiffer's political satire concerns a President who finds himself embroiled in a futuristic war in Brazil on the eve of the elections. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 26, $18-29. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield (at Embarcadero), Palo Alto, 650-903-6000.