MALA World premiere of a sometimes somber, sometimes funny solo show, written and performed by the gifted playwright-actress Melinda Lopez (“Sonia Flew,’’ “Becoming Cuba’’), about coping with the hectic demands of her own life while moving her beloved Cuban-American mother into hospice care and facing the inevitability of losing her. Directed by David Dower. Oct. 27-Nov. 20. ArtsEmerson. At Jackie Liebergott Black Box, Paramount Center, Boston. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org
WARRIOR CLASS Michael Tow portrays a New York legislator — the son of Chinese immigrants and a decorated war veteran — who is seen as “the Republican Obama.’’ But the lawmaker’s image and his future are imperiled when a figure from his past threatens to disclose a damaging episode from his college years. Kenneth Lin’s play is directed by Dawn M. Simmons, with a cast that includes Jessica Webb and the ubiquitous Steven Barkhimer. Through Nov. 13. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com
MAN IN SNOW Will Lyman, compelling as ever, stars in the world premiere of Israel Horovitz’s piercing, elegiac drama about a man newly retired from a career in finance and wrestling with questions of life and death as he guides Japanese honeymooners up a mountain. Directed by Horovitz, the play features the tautness of construction and vividness of expression that have long been among his trademarks. Through Oct. 23. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com
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