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'Tis Pity She's a Whore. John Ford's 17th-century tragedy takes an exuberant interest in taboo and revenge. It isn't a prim play. The plot concerns a coquettish maiden who gets knocked up by her amorous brother; at show's end, the dead pretty much outnumber the living, and somebody's heart has been skewered on a dagger. It would be a mistake, however, to invest any of this with high seriousness — the play is always aware that its lavish bloodletting borders on slapstick. What a relief, then, to find that Impact Theatre's production is just as cheerfully sleazy as its source material. Under the freewheeling direction of Melissa Hillman, this is not a particularly polished show. Still, the fights are scrappy, the deaths are messy, and the cast members are young, attractive, and eager to rip off each other's clothes. The first act is stronger than the second, in part because Jai Sahai, as Bergetto, dies extravagantly just before intermission. This guy is such a font of rapid-fire comic invention that the world will be a slightly darker place if he doesn't achieve some form of major stardom. Through June 7 at Impact Theatre, 1834 Euclid (at Hearst), Berkeley. Tickets are $10-$15; call 510-464-4468 or visit www.impacttheatre.com. (Christopher Jensen) Reviewed May 21.

Attack of the Killer B-Movies: Live!: Through June 7, 8 p.m. $15-$20. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.

The BrEaST of Sherry Glaser: The founder of Breasts Not Bombs sets out to save the world. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 14. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

Buried Child: Sam Shepard's drama. Through June 12. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 855 Bush (at Taylor), 345-1287.

Darren Romeo, the Voice of Magic: Romeo combines magic with music, from Andrew Lloyd Webber to Billy Joel. June 10-July 13. Post Street Theatre, 450 Post (at Mason), 321-2900.

Exit Sign: A Rock Opera: W/ Carrie Baum's Supersonic Theater. June 5-7, 8 p.m. $10-$15. Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, 1519 Mission (at Van Ness), 690-9410.

The Group: Don headphones for this "enacted self-empowerment workshop." Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 & 10:30 p.m. Continues through June 14. $15. www.dodeska.com. Climate Theater, 285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), 263-0830.

Heist a Crow: Sean Kelly's romp about death, directed by Stuart Bousel. Starting June 6. Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through June 26. Stage Werx, 533 Sutter (at Powell).

I'm Yours (or Deranged by Love): Precarious Theatre's comedy about an episode from Don Quixote. June 6-7, 8 p.m. www.precarioustheatre.com. Exit Theatre on Taylor, 277 Taylor (at Ellis), 673-3847.

It's Murder Mary: Murder mystery set in a Russian River resort. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 28. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.

Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes: Yussef El Guindi's comedy about Hollywood, directed by Mark Routhier. Starting June 6. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 29. The Thick House, 1695 18th St. (at Arkansas), 401-8081.

Men in Uniform: Examines the men under the attire. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 6. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.

The Odd Couple: Oscar and Felix, together again. Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through June 7. The Custom Stage, 965 Mission St. (at Sixth St.), 838-3006.

Outer Orbit: An Intergalactic Journey to Middle School: Musical benefiting Children's After School Arts, starring 85 elementary school students. Sun., June 8, 6 p.m. $15-$50. School of the Arts, 555 Portola Drive (at O'Shaughnessy), 695-5700.

Point Break LIVE!: Stage adaptation of the 1991 Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze blockbuster. Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 & 10 p.m. Continues through June 21. $25. www.pointbreaklive.com. Xenodrome, 1320 Potrero (at 25th St.), 285-9366.

Trap Door: Video opera by Lisa Scola Prosek. Starting June 5. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through June 14. $20. The Lab, 2948 16th St. (at Capp), 864-8855.

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