Our critics weigh in on local theatre

Ben Franklin: Unplugged: Josh Kornbluth uses the life of Ben Franklin to make points about fathers and sons in this solo show. Starting Oct. 17, Sundays, 3 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 28, $20-30. Magic Theatre, Fort Mason, Bldg. D, Marina & Buchanan, 441-8822.

Bone Man of Benares: The world premiere of the one-man autobiographical play presents a travelogue of the globe-trotting travels of Terry Tarnoff. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30, $15-20. The Thick House, 1695 18th St. (at Arkansas), 587-4465.

Boy Gets Girl: Actor's Collective's thriller concerns a confident woman whose life takes a turn for the worse in a big city. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 23, $15-25. Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason (at Geary), Suite 601, 989-0023.

Bye-Bye, bin Laden: The world premiere of Custom Made Theatre Company's musical tells tales of Osama bin Laden and George W. Bush in song. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Nov. 2, $20-30. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 896-6477, www.offmarkettheater.com.

Can-Can: Porter & Burrows' classic musical is set in the Parisian era when the sexy dance caused a scandal; see www.42ndstmoon.org for a schedule of performances. Through Oct. 31, $17-30. Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Actors Theatre of San Francisco's production of the Tennessee Williams classic. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 23, $10-40. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 296-9179.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea: When Danny meets a fascinating woman in a New York City watering hole, he's in for some surprises. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 24, $8-10, 338-2467. SFSU Campus/Little Theater, 1600 Holloway (at 19th Ave.), Creative Arts Bldg., 338-2467.

The Dharma of Dollars: Mark Kenward's comic drama concers a yoga studio manager preoccupied with his oddball clients and the ethics of making money. Thur.-Sat., 8:30 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18, $15-22. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750, www.themarsh.org.

Don't Make Me Look Too Psychotic: The one-man comedy stars a playwright whose girlfriend wants him to create a show about her exemplary breakup. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 27, $20, 820-3945. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.

Eurydice: Berkeley Repertory Theatre's modern version of the classic tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice. Starting Oct. 15, Sundays, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, 7 p.m.; Tue., Thur., Fri., 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 14, $10-55. Berkeley Repertory's Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, 510-647-2949.

Extremities: A woman who manages to turn the tables on her would-be rapist is suspected of committing a crime herself by her roommates. Starting Oct. 21, Sundays, 3 p.m.; Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 19, $25-35. Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa (at Florida), 621-7978.

Fear: The Un-Scripted Theater Company's full-length improvised horror story. Starting Oct. 15, Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30, $7-12. La Val's Subterranean Theater, 1834 Euclid (at Hearst), Berkeley, 510-234-6046.

Fever: Wallace Shawn's drama follows one man through a crisis of conscience. Starting Oct. 15, Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30, $15-20. Pacific Playback Theatre, 4104 24th Street #777, 282-8558, www.pacificplayback.com.

Gruesome Tales of Death and Destruction: Kinetic Theory Experimental Theatre's mime-with-live-music performance concerns a street musician who happens upon a twisted graphic novel whose stories of perversion and violence suddenly begin to come to life in front of him. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31, $10, 289-6808. Odeon, 3223 Mission (at Valencia), 550-6994.

Improv at The Dark Room: Each week the best improv ensembles do their stuff. Sundays, 8 p.m., $5-10. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.

Killing My Lobster Goes to the Polls: The improv cutups skewer pols both local and national in this sketch comedy show. Starting Oct. 14, Sundays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m.; Thur., Fri., 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30, $12-17. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St. (at Shotwell), 863-9834, www.odctheater.org.

Tony Kushner: The award-winning playwright discusses his life and career. Mon., Oct. 18, 8 p.m., $18.50. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), 392-4400.

La Traviata: SF Opera's production of Verdi's classic is directed by John Copley. See www.sfopera.com for a schedule of performances. Through Oct. 14, $25-215. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-3330.

Laura's Bush: Jane Martin's comedy pokes fun at the Bush administration and the state of the nation. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31, $14-18. Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St. (at York), 647-2822.

Looking Over the President's Shoulder: Broadway and film actor Larry Marshall is the star of this one-man show centering around a freed slave who served as a butler under four Presidents. Starting Oct. 14, Sundays, 2 p.m.; Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 7, $25-32. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter (at Mason), 474-8800.

Lord of the Flies: The all-female Woman's Will company performs William Golding's all-male play. As a special attraction, director Erin Merritt has organized political speakers almost every night after the show. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Oct. 24, 510-420-0813, www.womanswill.org. Eighth Street Studio, 2525 Eighth St. (at Dwight), Berkeley, 510-464-4468.

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