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Ballad of Odd & In the Boudoir: Solo workshop performances by John Gilkey and Summer Shapiro. Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through July 26. $15-$20. Climate Theater, 285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), 263-0830.

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 until the winner stands alone on the stage. Sundays, 8 p.m. $8. www.improv.org. Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason, Bldg. B, Marina & Buchanan, 474-8935.

Bay Area Playwrights Festival: A new crop of artists presents work in this long-running series championing bold new voices. July 25-Aug. 3. www.playwrightsfoundation.org. Magic Theatre, Fort Mason, Bldg. D, Marina & Buchanan, 441-8822.

Beach Blanket Babylon: A North Beach perennial featuring crazy hats, media personality caricatures, a splash of romance, and little substance. Fridays, Saturdays, 7 & 10 p.m.; Wednesdays, Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1 & 4 p.m. $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.

Brand New Me!: Connie Champagne interprets Dusty Springfield. Through Aug. 10, 2 p.m. $18-$28. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.

Broadway With A Twist II: The Concert: Your favorite Broadway show tunes. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 24. Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason (at Geary), Suite 601, 989-0023.

A Chorus Line: The famous musical returns for one month. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 27. Curran Theatre, 445 Geary (at Taylor), 551-2000.

Drowsy Chaperone: A musical about a pampered Broadway starlet. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 17. Orpheum Theater, 1192 Market (at Eighth St.), 512-7770.

Fool for Love: Jean Shelton directs Sam Shepard's play about the love tragedy of Eddie and May. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 6. $10-$30. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 855 Bush (at Taylor), 345-1287.

Getting in on the Ground Floor and Staying There: Beth Lisick and Tara Jepsen take the stage. July 24-Aug. 2, 8 p.m. $12-$15. Center for Sex & Culture, 1519 Mission (at 11th St.), 255-1155.

Insignificant Others: An open run of L. Jay Kuo's musical, directed by George Quick, about five friends who move to San Francisco from the Midwest. Daily. www.isomusical.com. Theatre 39 at Pier 39, 2 Beach (at Embarcadero).

Kiss My Booth: One woman's experience exhibiting at fancy food shows in S.F. and N.Y.C. July 26-29, 8 p.m. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

KML Springs Forward, Falls Back: A collection of period pieces by comedy troupe Killing My Lobster. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 27. Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St. (at Mission), 273-4633.

La Bohème: Pocket Opera's production of Puccini's opera. Sun., July 27. $20-$37. Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave. (near Clement), 863-3330.

La Bohème: Sun., July 27, 2 p.m. $20-$37. www.pocketopera.org. Florence Gould Theater, 34th Ave. & Clement (at Palace of the Legion of Honor), 863-3330.

Listener: Liz Duffy Adams' tale about the dystopia Junk City, Planet Earth. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 3. Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida (at Mariposa), 285-8282.

Lorca Summer Festival: Pangs Theater Ensemble presents Federico Garcia Lorca's "rural trilogy." Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 2. Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia (at 15th St.), 626-3311.

Misery: Simon Moore's adaption of the Stephen King book. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 16. Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469.

Monday Night Marsh: Each week a different lineup of musicians, actors, performance artists, and others takes the stage at this regular event that's hosted local celebs like Josh Kornbluth and Marga Gomez in the past; see www.themarsh.org for a lineup of future shows. Mondays. $7. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

Murder Mystery Dinner: A murder mystery 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. Beverages available for purchase. 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.

Not a Genuine Black Man: A special two-week engagement of Brian Copeland's solo show. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through July 26. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

Oh My Godmother!: A fairytale about a young gay San Franciscan written by Ron Lytle. Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through July 26. $20-$35. www.ohmygodmother.com. Zeum Theater, 221 Fourth St. (at Howard), 820-3320.

The Pandora Experiment: Award-winning magician and illusionist Christian Cagigal returns with his popular show. Starting July 25. Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 16. $20. Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy (between Taylor & Mason), 673-3847.

Point Break LIVE!: The long-running show heads to a new venue. Sundays. Fat City, 314 11th St. (at Folsom), 861-0524.

Private Eyes: Spare Stage presents Steven Dietz' story of passion and deception, directed by Stephen Drewes and featuring the jazz duo of Alex Mack and Mark Baker. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through July 26. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.

San Francisco Theater Festival: One day, 77 shows, 10 stages. Sun., July 27, 11 a.m. free. www.sftheaterfestival.org. Yerba Buena Gardens, Fourth St. & Mission, 247-6500.

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

Skittish: Six one-acts by Bruce Moody. Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 31. www.skittishcompany.com. Stage Werx, 533 Sutter (at Powell).

Tartuffe: Molière's comedy presented by the African-American Shakespeare Company. Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 3. www.african-americanshakes.org. African American Art and Cultural Complex Center, 762 Fulton (at Webster), 394-5854.

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