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Our critics weigh in on local theater

Monday Night Improv Jam: Mondays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31, $5, jam@cafearts.com. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 896-6477, www.offmarkettheater.com.

Monday Night Marsh: Each week a different lineup of musicians, actors, performance artists, and others takes the stage. Mondays, $7. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750, www.themarsh.org.

Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge: A classic take on Dickens, directed by Joy Carlin. Through Jan. 12, 2008. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596, www.sfplayhouse.org.

Murder Mystery Dinner: A dinner that begins with detectives gathering to split $5 million in royalties from their latest book. Includes fruit and cheese reception and three-course dinner. Saturdays, 6:30 p.m., $85, www.incentivestointrigue.com. The Archbishop's Mansion, 1000 Fulton (at Steiner), 563-7872.

Oh, Lady! Lady!!: A young man's wedding plans are derailed by a vampy former flame, a jewel thief out for one last spree, and an imperious future mother-in-law who has a shocking secret. Through Dec. 16. Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469, www.eurekatheatre.org.

The Rake's Progress: A morality tale that cautions of the outcome of a dissolute life, while portraying such a life in imaginatively graphic terms. Through Dec. 9. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-3330, www.sfwmpac.org.

Risk Is This: Staged readings by Cutting Ball Theater. Through Dec. 15. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847, www.sffringe.org.

Shopping! The Musical: Songs and sketches. Daily, $23-$29. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-1226, www.sheltontheater.com.

Staircase: One of the first gay plays to tackle Broadway and the big screen. Through Dec. 16, $15-$35. Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (at South Van Ness), 861-5079, www.therhino.org.

Talk Show Live SF: Second Monday of every month, 8 p.m., $15, www.talkshowsf.com. The Purple Onion, 140 Columbus (at Pacific), 217-8400.

Teatro ZinZanni: A bewitching evening of European cabaret, cirque arts, theatrical spectacle, and original live music, all blended with a five-course gourmet dinner. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m., $116-$140, 438-2668, www.zinzanni.org. Pier 29, Embarcadero (at Battery), 273-1620.

This Wonderful Life: Stage adaptation of the perennially popular holiday film It's a Wonderful Life. Through Dec. 23. San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio (at South Third St.), San Jose, 408-367-7255, www.sanjoserep.com.

Twelfth Night: Shakespeare's play gets a song-filled reimagining set in the City by the Bay circa 1969. Through Dec. 23. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield (at Embarcadero), Palo Alto, 650-903-6000.

The Velveteen Rabbit: Featuring ODC/Dance's energetic and imaginative dancing and recorded narration by Geoff Hoyle. Through Dec. 9. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard (at Third St.), 978-2787.

Very Special Money & Run Winter Season Holiday Special: An Impact Theatre production directed by Jeremy Forbing. Through Dec. 22. La Val's Subterranean Theater, 1834 Euclid (at Hearst), Berkeley, 510-234-6046.

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