Our critics weigh in on local theatre

The Canterville Ghost: Based on an Oscar Wilde novella, this comic tale follows an American family who moves into a haunted house, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through May 9, $5-$10. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.

Die Fledermaus: Strauss' classic comic opera is dusted off by Opera San Jose, 8 p.m. Thursday, April 29, through Sunday, May 2, $43-$63. Montgomery Theater, Market & San Carlos, San Jose, 408-277-3900.

Dirty Blonde: Claudia Shear's comedy follows the exploits of Mae West and two of her many lovers, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through June 26; $10-$25. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.

Dybbuk: The Traveling Jewish Theatre company's adaptation of the Yiddish theater classic story of a love affair so powerful not even death can destroy it, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through May 23; $18-$30. Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida (at Mariposa), 285-8282.

EUBIE! The Music of Eubie Blake: Relive the Roaring Twenties and the legendary artistry of Eubie Blake as San Francisco performers take on classics like "Charleston Rag" and "I'm Just Wild About Harry," 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through May 16, $20-$35. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter (at Mason), 474-8800.

Fringe of Marin Festival: A quirky slate of one-acts and solo performance pieces dominates this multiweek annual event, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2; $3-$10. Meadowlands Assembly Hall, Dominican College, 50 Acacia, San Rafael, 457-4440.

Hairspray: A zaftig girl finds love, acceptance, and her dancing chops in this musical comedy, through July 3, $36.50-$81, see bestofbroadway-sf.com for a schedule of performances. Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor (at Market), 512-7770.

The Importance of Being Earnest: The Asian American Theater Company's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic adapts its language to that of modern San Francisco, 8 p.m. Fridays, 8 and 10 p.m. Saturdays, through May 29; $15-$35. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 896-6477.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's religion-themed musical is dusted off by the City College of San Francisco Music and Theatre Arts Departments, 8 p.m. Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2. Diego Rivera Theater/CCSF, 50 Phelan (at Judson), 239-3100.

"Mission Movie Magic": Help support the locally produced independent Mission Movie with this fund-raiser featuring a candlelit four-course meal, a silent art auction, and dinner-theater performances from artists such as tongue-in-cheek international folk vocal group JouJou, idiosyncratic instrumentalists Go Van Gogh, and throat-singing beatboxer extraordinaire Kid Beyond, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 29, $35-$50, 364-3082 (information). Cell Space, 2050 Bryant (at 18th St.), 648-7562.

Mooi Street Moves: Paul Slabolepszy's tense drama follows a range of characters struggling to survive in South Africa, 8 p.m. Thursday, April 29, through Saturday, May 1, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2; $9-$22. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant (at Ellsworth), Berkeley, 510-843-4822.

Mystery of Irma Vep: Charles Ludlam's cult play spoofs Victorian penny dreadfuls and classic horror films, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through May 23; $39-$55. Berkeley Repertory's Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, 510-647-2949.

Not a Genuine Black Man: KGO talk show star and comic Brian Copeland's solo show talks about growing up black in one of the most racist suburbs of America -- San Leandro, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through May 15; $15-$22, 641-0235 (information and reservations). The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

San Francisco Improv Festival: Twelve weeks, hundreds of performances in this all-impromptu-theater extravaganza, through June 26, see www.sfimprovcooperative.com for a schedule of events. Multiple locations.

The Sisters Rosenweig: Actors Ensemble of Berkeley takes on Wendy Wasserstein's droll comedy about a tumultuous family reunion, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through May 16, $10, 510-649-5999 (information). Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck (at Berryman), Berkeley, (510) 704-8210.

Slaughter City: Naomi Wallace's riveting drama explores the trials and tribulations of assembly-line workers at a meat processing plant, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through May 8, $15-$20, 675-5995 (information). Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.

Smell of the Kill: A darkly comic look of three miserable wives who argue over whether they should free their husbands from the meat locker they're trapped in, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, through May 15, $30-$50. The Playhouse, 536 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596.

Strange Travel Suggestions: Inveterate traveler Jeff Greenwald spins tales of his worldwide journeys, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, through May 26, $15-$22. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

Stretchmarks: Growing Into Motherhood: Four mothers share tales of pregnancy, childbirth, and rearing in this original comic show, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 1 p.m. Sundays, through May 9; $20-$22, 289-2289 (reservations). Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason (at Geary), Suite 601, 989-0023.

The Sweet New: Raymond Rea's play takes a look at social, political, and emotional changes in three generations of an Italian-American family, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through May 8, $15-$20. Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy (between Taylor & Mason), 673-3847.

Teatro ZinZanni: A blend of European cabaret, circus arts, and original music with a five-course gourmet dinner, in an open-ended run, 6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays; $99-$125, 438-2668 (tickets), www.zinzanni.org. Pier 29, Embarcadero (at Battery), 273-1620.

Thoroughly Modern Millie: The Tony Award-winning musical about a flapper who takes Jazz Age New York by storm, 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, through Friday, April 30, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2; $45-$72. San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden (at Park), San Jose, 408-277-5277.

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