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

Are We Almost There?: Morris Bobrow's rollicking, long-running musical comedy about the trials and tribulations of travel. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m., $20-22. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.

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.

Awe About Eve: The gay-themed satire of the popular Bette Davis movie All About Evereturns for another run (after a sold-out summer stint) with the same cast. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Continues through Nov. 14, $15-35. Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (at South Van Ness), 861-5079, www.therhino.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.

Cicada: Sarah McKereghan penned Ripe Theatre's dark comedy about environmental activism and personal growth. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 20, $15-20. Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy (between Taylor & Mason), 673-3847.

Dead Man Walking: The U.S. stage premiere of Tim Robbins' play about a man on death row and the nun who befriends him features a turn by actor Mike Farrell (M.A.S.H.) and an appearance by author of the book Dead Man Walking, Sister Helen Prejean. Sun., Nov. 7, 2 p.m., free-$15. Notre Dame de Namur University Theatre, 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, 650-508-3508, www.ndnu.edu/artsandhumanities.

"Directors Cut: A Feast of 1-Page Plays": A whirlwind the press materials describe as "20 plays done 30 ways" by four directors. Styles range from avant-garde to street theater. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 6, $20-25. Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason (at Geary), Suite 601, 989-0023.

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.

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

Fist of Roses: Philip Kan Gotanda's new play, Fist of Roses, investigates what motivates lovers to hate, and what pushes ordinary people to abuse those they care about with a mix of theatrical dialogue, live beat boxing and dance. Thur.-Sun., 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 22, $9-15, 626-3311, www.theintersection.org. Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia (at 15th St.), 626-2787.

Golden State: An adaptation of Moliere's The Miser centering around a California widow who keeps her fortune stuffed in her bra. Nov. 5-7, 8 p.m., $13. Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St. (at York), 647-2822.

High School: Antenna Theater takes audiences to kids' turf with a 45-minute audio tour of a San Francisco school via students expounding on life on the inside. Fri., Sat., 6 p.m.; Sundays, 1:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 7, $7.50-15, 332-9454, www.antenna-theater.org. Galileo Academy, 1150 Francisco (at Van Ness).

Le Grande Macabre: San Francisco Opera's production of Ligeti's atmospheric urban opera; see www.sfopera.com for a schedule of performances. Through Nov. 21, $40-215. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-3330.

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.

Oleanna: Expression Theatre Ensemble mounts a production of David Mamet's play about a smug college professor and the struggling student he tutors, and possibly sexually harasses. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 20, $10-15. San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum, 401 Van Ness (at McAllister), 255-4800, www.sfpalm.org.

Pipe Dreams and Paper Trails: When three friends start a band and contemplate their pathetic lives, standup comedy helps them keep their sanity in this topical comedy. Through Nov. 6, 8 p.m., $7-12. Bindlestiff Studio, 185 Sixth St. (at Howard), 974-1167.

Present Laughter: Noel Coward's comedy concerns an actor who's the object of way too much attention from admirers. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 20, $10. Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck (at Berryman), Berkeley, (510) 704-8210.

The 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. Through Nov. 21, $11-68. Geary Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228.

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