Balance: The Actors Ensemble of Berkeley's production of Edward Albee's most suspenseful play. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 20, $10. Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck (at Berryman), Berkeley, (510) 704-8210.
BATS Improv's Summer Improv Festival: More than 100 performers put on 22 improv shows at the annual monthlong festival. Through Aug. 31, call 474-6776 for a schedule of events and pricing. Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason, Bldg. B, Marina & Buchanan, 474-8935.
Improvised Bawdy Shakespeare: The Un-Scripted Theater Company takes on Shakespeare in a fancy-dress two-hour all-improvised show. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 21, $7-10, for more information call 869-5384. Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy (between Taylor & Mason), 673-3847.
Love & Taxes:Josh Kornbluth's one-man show chronicles his odyssey with the IRS. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 22, $20-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton (at Madrona), Mill Valley.
Megan's Skin: Jose Luis Leiva directs Rey Carolino's comic drama about the travails of an Irish family. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 21, $10-20. Jon Sims Center for the Arts, 1519 Mission (at 11th St.), 554-0402.
Snakebit: Theatre Q takes on the story of Michael, a social worker who loses his home and finds himself after a breakup. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Aug. 22, $15-20. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro (at Mercy), Mountain View, 650-903-6000.