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BATS: Sunday Players: Each week Bay Area Theatresports players pit their improv work against all comers as the audience votes them off one by one. Sundays, 8 p.m., $8, www.improv.org. Fort Mason, Bldg. B (Marina & Buchanan), 474-6776.

Beach Blanket Babylon: A North Beach perennial featuring crazy hats, media personality caricatures, a splash of romance, and little substance. $25-$65, www.beachblanketbabylon.com. Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.

Big City Improv: Actors take audience suggestions and create comedy from nothing. Fridays, 10 p.m., $15, www.bigcityimprov.com. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-1226, www.sheltontheater.com.

Blade to the Heat: Through March 16, 8 p.m., $15-$30. The Thick House, 1695 18th St. (at Arkansas), 401-8081.

Blood Knot: A drama by Athol Fugard, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. Through March 9. American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228, www.act-sfbay.org.

Boston Marriage: David Mamet's same-sex romp, directed by John Fisher. Through March 2. Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (at South Van Ness), 861-5079, www.therhino.org.

Come Home: Jovelyn Richards' solo play about 26 black soldiers in WWII. Through March 8. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750, www.themarsh.org.

Coronado: A drama by Dennis Lehane. Through March 8. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596, www.sfplayhouse.org.

Curvy Widow: Cybill Shepherd's solo show. Through March 9. Post Street Theatre, 450 Post (at Mason), 321-2900, www.poststreettheatre.com.

Endgame: Absurdist masterpiece by Samuel Beckett, directed by Rob Melrose and produced by Cutting Ball Theater. Feb. 22-March 16, $15-$30. Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida (at Mariposa), 285-8282.

I Am My Own Wife: Andrew Nance shoulders the job of portraying Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a gay transvestite furniture collector who lived through the Nazi and Communist regimes in Berlin. Through March 2, 8 p.m., $22-$34. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972, www.nctcsf.org.

Insignificant Others: L. Jay Kuo's musical, directed by George Quick, about five friends who move to San Francisco from the Midwest. Previews begin Feb. 1 and opening night is Feb. 16. Daily. Theatre 39 at Pier 39, 2 Beach (Beach & Embarcadero), www.isomusical.com.

Love, Chaos & Dinner: A blend of European cabaret, circus arts, and original music with a five-course gourmet dinner. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m., $99-$125. Pier 29, Embarcadero (at Battery), 273-1620.

Luv: A comedy that takes place on a suspension bridge, where three friends battle existential woes. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through April 5. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 855 Bush (at Taylor), 345-1287.

Man of La Mancha: Musical based on Miguel de Cervantes' classic. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 16. Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic (at Locust), Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469, www.dlrca.org.

Monday Night Marsh: Each week a different lineup of musicians, actors, performance artists, and others takes the stage at this regular event. Mondays, $7. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750, www.themarsh.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. One Saturday a month. Call for specific date. Saturdays, 6 p.m., $95, www.incentivestointrigue.com. Queen Anne Hotel, 1590 Sutter (at Octavia), 441-2828.

Nixon's Nixon: A play about the late-night meeting between Nixon and Kissinger the night before the president's resignation. Through March 1. Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic (at Locust), Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469, www.dlrca.org.

Satellites: Playwright Diana Son raises challenging issues about parenting, racial identity, and community. Through March 2. Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, 510-843-4822, www.auroratheatre.org.

The Scene: Award-winning playwright Theresa Rebeck tackles New York's entertainment scene. Through March 8. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596, www.sfplayhouse.org.

A Secret for Next Sunday: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 9. The Next Stage, 1620 Gough (at Bush).

Shawl: A drama by David Mamet, directed Libby O'Connell. Feb. 21-March 1, $10-$12. Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (at South Van Ness), 861-5079, www.therhino.org.

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

Tir Na Nog: A dynamically theatrical adaptation of Edna O'Brien's acclaimed novel The Country Girls. Feb. 23-March 23. Magic Theatre, Fort Mason, Bldg. D (Marina & Buchanan), 441-8822, www.magictheatre.org.

Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding: Be a part of the wedding reception at the interactive Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding. Thursdays-Saturdays, www.pier39shows.com. Theatre 39 at Pier 39, 2 Beach (Beach and Embarcadero).

Tranced: International politics, intrigue, and a riveting examination of truth are at the heart of this contemporary thriller by Robert Clyman. Through Feb. 24. San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio (at South Third St.), San Jose, 408-367-7255, www.sanjoserep.com.

Walkin' Talkin' Bill Hawkins ... In Search of My Father: Through March 2, $15-$20. African American Art and Cultural Complex Center, 762 Fulton (at Webster), 394-5854.

Wishful Drinking: Carrie Fisher's acclaimed solo show. Through March 30. Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, 2071 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, 510-647-2972, www.berkeleyrep.org.

Zoo Logic: Staged reading of a play about a Valentine's Day sex tour, directed by Kent Nicholson. Mon., Feb. 25, 7 p.m., free-$10. Magic Theatre, Fort Mason, Bldg. D, Marina & Buchanan, 441-8822, www.magictheatre.org.

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