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Elixir of Love: Gaetano Donizetti's opera about love and innocence, set in Napa Valley circa 1915. Through Nov. 26. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-3330.

Evie's Waltz: When a boy is expelled for bringing a gun to high school, his parents find themselves confronting a nightmare in this drama by Carter W. Lewis. Through Dec. 7. Magic Theatre, Fort Mason, Bldg. D Marina and Buchanan), 441-8822.

Forever Tango: Fourteen tango dancers perform to a live 11-piece orchestra accompanied by a vocalist. Through Nov. 16. Post Street Theatre, 450 Post (at Mason), 321-2900.

Friends: When a young man who lives alone suddenly finds himself hosting a family of eight, he has to keep his wits about him in this drama by Kobo Abe. Through Nov. 21. $10-$35. Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St. (at York), 647-2822.

Ghost Train Coming: A struggling sex worker is visited by the reincarnation of Elvis, in this gritty, surreal, and campy comedy by Charles Pike. Through Nov. 22. The Garage, 975 Howard (at Sixth St.), 289-2000.

Girl Crazy: George and Ira Gershwin's musical comedy, in which a New York sophisticate moves to a dude ranch. A 42nd Street Moon production. Through Nov. 16. Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469.

Joe Turner's Come and Gone: Tony Award–nominated actor Delroy Lindo directs August Wilson's African-American epic about a man traumatized by seven years on a chain gang. Through Dec. 14. Berkeley Repertory's Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, 510-647-2949.

Last Yiddish Poet: Two irreverent comedians meet up with the mythical "last" Yiddish poet, in this drama by Corey Fischer, Albert Greenberg, and Naomi Newman. Through Dec. 14. Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida (at Mariposa), 522-0786.

Long Day's Journey into Night: Eugene O'Neill's play, directed by Susan Jackson. Nov. 13-22. Diego Rivera Theater/CCSF, 50 Phelan (at Judson), 239-3100.

The Monk: Based on a 1795 novel by Matthew Lewis, this is a gothic tale of a 17th-century Spanish friar led into dissolution by an impoverished nun and a dissolute aristocrat. Staged by No Nude Men Productions. Through Nov. 22. Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.

Rita Moreno: Actress Moreno performs songs and stage shorts. Through Nov. 23. The Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason (at Ellis), 866-468-3399.

No Parole: An autobiographical comedy by Carlo D'Amore. Starting Nov. 13. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 13. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

Of Mice and Men: John Steinbeck's drama about California migrant field workers during the Great Depression, directed by Keith Phillips and Phaedra Starr. Through Nov. 29. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 855 Bush (at Taylor), 345-1287.

On the Rocks: A comedy by Dina Laura and Mina Radhakrishnan, directed by Craig Ricks. Nov. 13-16. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 896-6477.

Katie Rubin & Alicia Dattner: Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 26. $10-$20. www.975howard.com. The Garage, 975 Howard (at Sixth St.), 289-2000.

Russian on the Side: In this one-man comedy cabaret, Mark Nadler performs musical classics from Stravinsky to Sondheim, dishing gossip on the composers. Through Nov. 16. Marines Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter (at Mason), 771-6900.

Shocktoberfest!! 2008: Elemental Horror: A collection of one-act plays in the style of Grand Guignol terror theater, pitting the players against ice, fire, electro-magnetism, and each other. Through Nov. 22. The Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (at Bryant), 248-1900.

Tenaya Rocks! A Sexy Geological Cabaret: Tenaya Hurst is a geo-anthropactress — a comedic intersection of geologist, anthropologist, and actress. Through Nov. 15. $20. www.tenayahurst.com. Stage Werx, 533 Sutter (at Powell).

That Horrible In-Between Place: Two women caught at one of life's intersections discuss love, anger, loss, jealousy, and need, in this drama by Gabrielle Gomez. Through Nov. 22. El Teatro de la Esperanza, 2940 16th St. (at South Van Ness), 338-1341.

Towle's Hill: A drama by Mark Kenward that tells the story of Gundlach Bundschu, California's oldest family-owned-and-operated winery. Through Nov. 21. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

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