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Tings Dey Happen. Based on his experiences as a Fulbright Scholar studying oil politics in Nigeria (American's fifth-biggest oil supplier), solo performer Dan Hoyle drills deep beneath the surface of media hype and NGO cant to help us understand the forces at work behind the oil-rich country's escalating cycle of corruption and violence. On his journey backward and forward between Nigeria's oil capital, Port Harcourt, and the lawless hinterlands of the Niger Delta, Hoyle — with acute attention to physical detail (and an ear for pidgin) — embodies a soft-spoken, 23-year-old rebel sniper whose chief desire is to obtain a university degree; a warlord armed with four cellphones and a family photo album, like Marlon Brando in The Godfather; and a nerdy Japanese member of the Young Diplomats Club in Lagos working on a thesis about the Tanzanian cashew nut, among many others. Like Anna Deavere Smith, one of the most famous practitioners of this style of show, Hoyle takes a journalistic approach. But unlike Smith, whose slavish impersonation of the speech nuances of her interviewees seems more stenography than artistry, Hoyle filters his Nigerian experience through his vivid imagination, creating full-blooded characters that are as theatrical as they are real. Extended run through May 6 at the Marsh, 1062 Valencia (between 21st and 22nd sts.), S.F. Tickets are $15-22; call 826-5750 or visit www.themarsh.org. (C.V.) Reviewed Jan. 10.

42nd Street
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden (at Park), San Jose, 408-277-5277.
After the War
American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228.
BATS: Sunday Players
Fort Mason, Bldg. B, Marina & Buchanan, 474-6776.
Beach Blanket Babylon
Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.
Beyond Therapy
Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-1226.
Big City Improv Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-1226.
Bingo! Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic (at Locust), Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469.
Blue Door
Berkeley Repertory's Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, 510-647-2949.
Bricktop
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter (at Mason), 474-8800.
Brown Bag Theatre
SFSU Campus, 1600 Holloway (at 19th Ave).
Clown Bible
Willard Middle School, 2425 Stuart St. (at Regent), Berkeley.
Corpus Christi
Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, 1519 Mission (at Van Ness), 690-9410.
Dead Certain
Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 896-6477.
Death of a Salesman
Project Artaud Theater, 450 Florida (at 17th St.), 626-4370.
Eat Cake Smorgasbord
CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission (at Ninth St.), 626-2060.
FURY Factory
Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida (at Mariposa), 285-8282.
Galap
Cadillac Building, 1000 Van Ness Ave. (at O'Farrell), 776-1747.
Gay Divorce
Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469.
GayProv
Off-Market Studio, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 896-6477.
The Global Age Project
Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, 510-843-4822.
How We First Met
Theatre 39 at Pier 39, 2 Beach (Beach & Embarcadero).
Jesus Hopped the A Train
SF Playhouse, 536 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596.
Love, Chaos & Dinner
Pier 29, Embarcadero (at Battery), 273-1620.
Low Hanging Fruit
CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission (at Ninth St.), 626-2060.
Lysistrata
Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck (at Berryman), Berkeley, 510-704-8210.
Menopause the Musical
Theatre 39 at Pier 39, 2 Beach (Beach & Embarcadero), 433-3939.
Merrily We Roll Along
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro (at Mercy), Mountain View, 650-903-6000.
Midsummer Night's Dream
Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason (at Geary), Suite 601, 989-0023.
Monday Night Make Em Ups
San Francisco Comedy College, 414 Mason, #705 (at Geary), 921-2051.
Monday Night Marsh
The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.
Moscow Cats Theatre
Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642.
Murder Mystery Dinner
The Archbishop's Mansion, 1000 Fulton (at Steiner), 563-7872.
Nixon's Nixon
San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio (at South Third St.), San Jose, 408-367-7255.
One Night Only: Jersey Boys
Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.
The Passion of the Crawford
Empire Plush Room, York Hotel, 940 Sutter (at Hyde), 885-2800.
Private Jokes, Public Places
Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, 510-843-4822.
Purgatorio
The Next Stage, 1620 Gough (at Bush), Trinity Episcopal Church, 650-326-0656.
The Rose Tattoo
Actors Theatre San Francisco, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 296-9179.
Shopping! The Musical
Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-1226.
Smokey Joe's Café
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
, 255 Almaden (at Park), San Jose, 408-277-5277.
Terre Haute
New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.
Yugen Presents
Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa (at Florida), 621-7978.
Z/Magic Mondays
Magic Theatre, Fort Mason, Bldg. D, Marina & Buchanan, 441-8822.

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