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After the Fall: Actors Theatre's revamp of Arthur Miller's autobiographical play about a lawyer who analyzes his life's successes and failures, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, through May 22; $5-$20. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 296-9179.

Are We Almost There?: Morris Bobrow's rollicking, long-running musical comedy about the trials and tribulations of travel, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, $20-$22. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.

Assassins: This black comedy musical takes a look at the lives of 13 notorious killers from John Wilkes Booth to John Hinckley, Jr., 3 p.m. Thursday, May 6, through Saturday, May 8, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 9; $8-$10. SFSU Campus/McKenna Theater, 1600 Holloway (at 19th Ave.), Creative Arts Bldg., 338-2467.

BATS: Sunday Players: Each week Bay Area Theatresports players pit their improv work against all comers as the audience votes them off one by one until the winner stands alone on the stage, 8 p.m. Sundays, $8, 474-6776 (information). Fort Mason, Bldg. B, Marina & Buchanan.

Beach Blanket Babylon: This North Beach perennial features crazy hats, media personality caricatures, a splash of romance, and little substance, 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, $25-$65. Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.

"Bourgeois": A rather schizophrenic evening of experimental music, dance, and theater featuring choreographer Joe Landini's 4 Stories, a dance piece reflecting on technology's takeover of modern culture, along with Femmisphere: Songs in the Key of Angst, a "drag cabaret" performance by the inimitable Trauma Flintstone, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, through May 26, $10, 885-4006 (information). Venue 9, 252 Ninth St. (at Folsom), 289-2000.

Cabaret Girl: 42nd Street Moon takes on this 20s-era musical about a cabaret troupe that impersonates a noble family, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 6 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through May 16; $17-$30. Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469.

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. Friday, May 7, 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, and Sunday, May 9, $5-$10. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.

Casino!: The new musical comedy debates whether a casino in Oakland's Fox Theater would be a good or lousy idea, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through May 16; $20, 510-531-0511 (information). Glenview Performing Arts Center, 1318 Glenfield (at Park), Oakland, 510-531-0511.

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.

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.

Jitney: Omega Theatre Works presentation of August Wilson's classic 70s work about urban renewal's effects on neighborhood cab drivers, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, through May 29; $20. Egypt Theater, 5306 Foothill, Oakland, 510-777-1707.

Money & Run: A sendup of action/adventure shows with a protagonist who attempts to take down Big Momma Bob's evil empire while battling ninjas, nuns, and narcs, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through June 5, $10-$15. La Val"s Subterranean Theater, 1834 Euclid (at Hearst), Berkeley, 510-234-6046.

The 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.

"Pocket Chekhov": Expression Theater Ensemble presents two Anton Chekhov farces in one evening -- The Brute and A Marriage Proposal; Opening night, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 6; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, beginning Friday, May 7, through May 29; free-$15. San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum, 401 Van Ness (at McAllister), 255-4800.

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.

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