Barred From Life: Based on interviews with exonerated ex-cons, the work combines dance, video, excerpts from interviewees, and music to explore the horror of wrongful conviction. Thu., Sept. 23, 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 26, 7 p.m., $7-30. USF Presentation Theater, 2350 Turk (at Masonic), 422-2434.
Bone Man of Benares: The world premiere of the one-man autobiographical play presents a travelogue of the globe-trotting travels of Terry Tarnoff. Starting Sept. 23, Sundays, 5 p.m.; Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30, $15-20. The Thick House, 1695 18th St. (at Arkansas), 587-4465.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Actors Theatre of San Francisco's production of the Tennessee Williams classic. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 23, $10-40. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 296-9179.
Couch: Celik Kayalar wrote and directs this comedy about the strange problems faced by patients and long-suffering mental health professionals. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 25, $10-20. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.
A Couple of Blaguards: Based on Frank and Malachy McCourt's book of the same name, the play is a comedy about an Irish family. Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 17, $30-50. Post Street Theatre, 450 Post (at Mason), 321-2900.
Joe Egg: A comedy about a couple coping with a severely disabled child. Starting Sept. 23, Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Oct. 17, $40-55. Mills College Theater, Lisser Hall, 5000 MacArthur (between Seminary and High exits), Oakland.
The Persians: A revamp of Greek playwright Aeschylus' tales of the ancient Persian Wars. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 10, $28-45. Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, 510-843-4822, www.auroratheatre.org.
Sex & Mayhem:Donald Currie's whirlwind, autobiographical ride through 50 years of queer culture in San Francisco. Sundays, 2 p.m.; Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 10, $15-25. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972, www.nctcsf.org.
Single Spies: The purportedly true story of the Cambridge Spy Ring, the first modern scandal to rock the British royal family. Starting Sept. 23, Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 17, $23-35. Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (at South Van Ness), 861-5079, www.therhino.org.
This House:Pathlight Productions presents the second installment of a trilogy based on the life of J.C. Daniels, a black man who transformed himself from a hoodlum to a pastor. Sept. 24-25, 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 26, 3 p.m., $10-18. Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St. (at Newcome), 864-3547.