An unusual confederacy
An injured Jewish Confederate slave owner returns to his home in 1865 following the Civil War to be healed by two of his former slaves, who also are Jewish — three characters who improbably speak to the turmoil and change of their time. “The Whipping Man,” written by Matthew Lopez, has been extended through April 28 at the Marin Theater Co.
Through April 28 at Marin Theater Co., 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. $36-$52. www.marintheater.org
“Acid Test.” Play about Richard Alpert, the Jewish Harvard professor who dropped acid in the 1960s, found his guru and became known as Ram Dass. At the Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F. Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 5 p.m. through May 18. $15-$50. www.themarsh.org.
Firebird Dance Theater. Russian Bay Area dance school performs. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 5 p.m. $15-$25. www.paloaltojcc.org.
Playback Theater. Improvisational theater with audience participation aimed at addressing Israeli-American cultural differences and communication. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $15. www.jcceastbay.org.
“An Evening on Jews and Taxes.” Monologist Josh Kornbluth performs “Love and Taxes” and Rabbi Menachem Creditor discusses taxation through a Jewish lens. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave, Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Stand Up for Peace.” Jewish comedian Scott Blakeman and Palestinian American comedian Dean Obeidallah perform. At Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F. 7:30 p.m. $22. www.bij.org.
Benji Lovitt. American comic living in Israel performs. At Berkeley Hillel, 2736 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free. www.benjilovitt.com.