On stage

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Dance to the ‘Max’

Batsheva, the critically acclaimed Israeli modern dance company known for its explosive, dense movement, will appear on stage in San Francisco Feb. 23-25 performing “Max,” artistic director Ohad Naharin’s invention for 10 dancers. Original music by Maxim Waratt.
8 p.m. Feb. 23-25 at Novellus Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. $35-$60. http://tickets.ybca.org


“Up from the Stacks.” Multimedia pop opera set in the 1970s blending animation and projection with live vocalists and musicians. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $35-$48. www.jccsf.org. (See story, 28)


“Esther Stories.” Word for Word presents stylized staged reading of Peter Orner’s story collection. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$15 suggested. www.jccsf.org. (See story, 28)


“The Whole Megillah.” Purim sketch comedy with Killing My Lobster, directed by Dan Wolf. Through March 10. At the Jewish Theatre, San Francisco, 470 Florida St., S.F. Times vary. $10-$20. www.jccsf.org.


“Crossing Delancey.” Tabard Theatre Company presents romantic comedy about a Jewish woman looking for love in New York. Through Feb. 19. At Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St., San Jose. $10-$35. www.tabardtheatre.org.

“Higher.” World premiere of American Conservatory Theater play about American architects competing to design a memorial in Israel. Through Feb. 25. At Children’s Creativity Museum theater, 221 Fourth St., S.F. 8 p.m. $45-$65. www.act-sf.org.

“Ragtime.” Youth Musical Theater Company presents Tony Award–winning musical set in 1904 about tension among American Jewish immigrants, African-Americans from Harlem and upper-class whites. Through Feb. 18. At Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $12-$24. www.ymtcberkeley.org.