Our critics weigh in on local theatre

Meanwhile, Back at the Super Lair: The plot of Greg Kalleres' play revolves around a crew of down-on-their-luck superheroes who must battle not only a petty bureaucrat but also a brand-new supervillain. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 11, $10-15 (Thursdays are pay-what-you-can). La Val's Subterranean Theater, 1834 Euclid (at Hearst), Berkeley, 510-234-6046.

Murder at the Howard Johnson's: When Arlene's husband Paul refuses her a divorce so she can marry their family dentist, she and her lover plot to murder him at a cheap hotel in this goofy comedy. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 27, $15-20, Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.

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. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 20, $10-15. San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum, 401 Van Ness (at McAllister), 255-4800,

Oui Be Negroes: Improvadelic: The troupe presents an evening of African-Americanfriendly improv comedy. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 27, $7-10, 863-1076, Climate Theater, 285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), 364-1411.

Rental Car: The world premiere of the Asian American Theater Company's David Mamet-like mystery/drama about the lives of Asian-Americans behind the counter of a rental car company. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 21, $12.50-25. The Thick House, 1695 18th St. (at Arkansas), 587-4465.

She Must Marry a Doctor: A modern adaptation of the popular Yiddish farce about a set of parents concerned with their daughter's future husband; call 338-1331 for a schedule of performances. Tuesdays, Thursdays, 3 p.m. Continues through Nov. 11, free.

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder: A revival of Mark Medoff's Obie Award-winning drama about a hostage crisis at a southwestern diner. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 4, 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 11, $10-20, The Next Stage, 1620 Gough (at Bush), Trinity Episcopal Church, 333-6389.

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