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411: An average woman gets a new lease on life when she calls information and reaches an oracle instead. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31, $15-20. The Next Stage, 1620 Gough (at Bush), Trinity Episcopal Church, 333-6389.

69Stories: One Pervert's Tale & No Good Deed: Two stories of sex -- the first is an erotic solo show about S.F.'s S/M community, the second is a tale of turning a nice girl into a naughty one. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 13, $15-20. Exit Theatre on Taylor, 277 Taylor (at Ellis), 673-3847.

Addicted: Mark Lundholm discusses his bad habits, from drugs to alcohol to the Internet, not to mention shopping, chocolate, and golf. Visit www.marinesmemorialtheatre.com for a schedule of performances. Through Nov. 14, $20-40, 771-6900. Marines Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter (at Mason), 877-771-6900.

And Then They Came for Me--Remembering the World of Anne Frank: The children's play mixes taped interviews with Holocaust survivors with child actors acting out the scenes on the tape. Each show includes a Q&A period with Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss. Mon.-Fri., 10:15 a.m.; Through Oct. 24, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 24, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 24, $5-10. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972, www.nctcsf.org.

Avant GardARAMA!: Cutting Ball Theater presents an evening of short experimental plays from Richard Foreman, Heiner Muller, Suzan-Lori Parks, Mac Wellman, and Rob Melrose. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 20, $15-25. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847, www.sffringe.org.

Beach Blanket Babylon: This North Beach perennial features crazy hats, media personality caricatures, a splash of romance, and little substance. Wed., Thur., 8 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 7 p.m. & 10 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m., $25-65. Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.

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

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.

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. 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.

Eurydice: Berkeley Repertory Theatre's modern version of the classic tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice. Tue., Thur., Fri., 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Wednesdays, 7 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.

Festival of American Playwrights of Color 6: A diverse collection of comedies, dramas, and solo shows by multicultural writers from many lands. Starting Oct. 22, Sundays, 2 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31, $5-10. City College of San Francisco's Venue 222, 50 Phelan at Cloud Cir., 239-3100, www.ccsf.edu.

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

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. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Nov. 7, $25-32. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter (at Mason), 474-8800.

Once in a Lifetime: American Conservatory Theater's comedy follows a trio who open up a speech school for Hollywood hopefuls. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31, $7.50-15. Zeum Theater, 221 Fourth St. (at Howard), 777-2800.

Quartet No. 1 for Three Characters and Cello: Dan Harder's experimental play uses text and music to tell the story of an interracial couple's mysterious vanishing. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 23, $17-20. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 296-9179.

Real Thing: American Conservatory Theater's new drama follows two playwright couples' search for true love; see www.act-sfbay.org for a schedule of performances. Oct. 21-Nov. 21, $11-68. Geary Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228.

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