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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.
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.
Cabaret Girl: 42nd Street Moon takes on this '20s-era musical about a cabaret troupe that impersonates a noble family, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 13, and Friday, May 14, 6 p.m. Saturday, May 15, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 16; $17-$30. Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469.
Casino!: The new musical comedy debates whether a casino in Oakland's Fox Theater would be a good or lousy idea, 8 p.m. Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 16; $20, 510-531-0511 (information). Glenview Performing Arts Center, 1318 Glenfield (at Park), Oakland, 510-531-0511.
Dido and Aeneas/The Coffee Cantata: Donald Pippin's POCKET OPERA presents a double bill of Henry Purcell's tragedy and Bach's light-hearted The Coffee Cantata, 2 p.m., through Saturday, May 15, $27-$32. Florence Gould Theater, 34th Ave. & Clement, Palace of the Legion of Honor, 863-3330.
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. Thursday, May 13, through Saturday, May 15, $20-$35. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter (at Mason), 474-8800.
Flash Family: The Director's Cut: San Francisco's longest-running improvisational theater company showcases its most skilled performers in this show, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16, $7-$14, 863-9500 (reservations). Blue Bear Performance Hall, Marina & Buchanan, Fort Mason, Bldg. D, 885-5678.
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.
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change: Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts' original comic musical examines our embarrassing inner notions on relationships, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 5 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 30; $35-$55. Marines Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter (at Mason), 877-771-6900.
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.
June Bride: Sara Felder draws her comedy from her own experiences planning a lesbian wedding, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 13, $20-$24. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200.
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.
"Nexthetics": Three evenings of hip hop theater, featuring nationally acclaimed poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph, NY-based Cristal Chanelle Truscott, and Bay Area native Robert Karimi, Thursday, May 13, through Saturday, May 15, $7-$20, see www.YerbaBuenaArts.org for a schedule of performances, 978-2787 (information). Multiple locations.
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. Thursday, May 13, through Saturday, May 15; $15-$22, 641-0235 (information and reservations). The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.
"A Pinter/Albee Duet": This double bill of two one-acts by famous playwrights includes Pinter's The Collection and Albee's The Zoo Story, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 30; $15-$30. Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (at South Van Ness), 861-5079.
"Pocket Chekhov": Expression Theater Ensemble presents two Anton Chekhov farces in one evening -- The Brute and A Marriage Proposal, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 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.
Second Skin: Joan Schirle's solo performance uses movement and masks to explore 15 different characters related to a young woman who believes she possesses Marilyn Monroe's soul, 8 p.m. Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15, $18-$22. Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St. (at York), 647-2822.
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