Our critics weigh in on local theatre

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. Thursday, May 20, through Saturday, May 22; $5-$20. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 296-9179.

Apocrypha: Ignacio Zuleta's new play looks at the connection between legendary ladies Clytemnestra and Helen of Troy, 8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, through May 29, $15. Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason (at Geary), Suite 601, 989-0023.

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.

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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.

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. Thursday, May 20, through Saturday, May 22, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 23; $18-$30. Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida (at Mariposa), 285-8282.

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 Hot House": The world premieres of three new plays: The 13 Hallucinations of Julio Riveraby Stephen R. Culp, Drifting Elegant by Stephen Belber, and Relativity by Cassandra Medley, through June 20, $24-$38, see www.magictheatre.org for showtimes. Magic Theatre, Fort Mason, Bldg. D, Marina & Buchanan, 441-8822.

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, 510-547-4880 (information). 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 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, 3 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.

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.

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 remarkable comic story of how he transformed himself into a Silicon Valley programmer, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through June 19; $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. Wednesday, May 19, $10-$12, 292-1233 (information). Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200.

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