Our critics weigh in on local theatre

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. Thursday, May 6, through Saturday, May 8, 1 p.m. Sunday, 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. Friday, May 7, and Saturday, 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.

A Transylvanian in Silicon Valley: Romanian expatriate Silvian Centiu tells the comic story of how he transformed himself into a Silicon Valley programmer, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through May 20; $20, 820-3929 (information). Actors' Theatre Second Stage, 533 Sutter (at Powell).

"Women in Jewish Theater: Staged Readings of New Plays": Plays by Jewish women are given the spotlight in this three-week series of staged readings, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through May 19, $10-$12, 292-1233 (information). Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200.

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