Dead Mother, or Shirley Not All in Vain: A play about identity by David Greenspan. Through Feb. 17. Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida (at Mariposa), 285-8282.
Elagabalus, Emperor of Rome: This (mostly) true story of the youth who became a Roman emperor is told with Grand Guignol horror and comedy. Through Feb. 2. Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia (at 15th St.), 626-3311, www.theintersection.org.
In Gabriel's Kitchen: A drama about an Italian-Canadian family by Salvatore Antonio. Through Feb. 17. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972, www.nctcsf.org.
King Lear: Pangs Theater Ensemble presents Shakespeare's enduring tragedy. Through Jan. 26. Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason (at Geary), Suite 601, 989-0023.
Rapunzel: A story about a couple and their desire to have a child, and the harsh bargain they make with a witch. Through Feb. 10. Young Performers Theater, Fort Mason, Bldg. C (Marina & Buchanan), 346-5550.
Savage Arts: A solo performance piece based on the true story of an Indian witchcraft trial in New York State in 1930. Through Feb. 16. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750, www.themarsh.org.
Shark Bites: Through Feb. 9, 8 p.m., $16. Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (at South Van Ness), 861-5079, www.therhino.org.
Slavs! Or Thinking about the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness: ony Kushner's follow-up to Angels in America. Jan. 23-Feb. 23. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 896-6477, www.offmarkettheater.com.