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Burn the Floor. It's been said that true moments of joy come mostly through two acts: sex and dancing. Burn the Floor combines both, as 16 hard-bodied, high-energy performers spin, thrust, and grind their way through one show-stopping number after another. This is not your grandma's ballroom dance, and choreographer and artistic director Jason Gilkison puts together routines that are always entertaining to watch. The weakest numbers come whenever things slow down and the dance relies on a true connection between two or more people, something that never materializes onstage. But Gilkison knows enough about his two-hour event to keep these moments sparse, and instead builds the evening around explosive group numbers, like a swing-club–inspired sequence or a tribute to Tina Turner. These pieces are the heart of the show, and you can't help but get caught up in the energy, talent, and sheer love of dancing radiating from the stage. Through March 19 at Post Street Theatre, 450 Post (at Powell), S.F. $49-$100; 771-6900 or www.burnthefloor.com. (Molly Rhodes) Reviewed Feb. 11.

Angry Black White Boy: Dan Wolf's adaptation of the Adam Mansbach novel returns for a limited engagement. Through March 8. Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia (at 15th St.), 626-3311, www.theintersection.org.

Bay One-Acts Festival: Presented by Three Wise Monkeys Theatre Company. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 8. Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469, www.eurekatheatre.org.

Beach Blanket Babylon: A North Beach perennial featuring crazy hats, media personality caricatures, a splash of romance, and little substance. Now with Rod Blagojevich! Wednesdays, Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 6:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 5 p.m., $25-$80, www.beachblanketbabylon.com. Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.

Beautiful View: Mitch and Liz fall in love, directed by Cristina Alicea. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 15. Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (at South Van Ness), 861-5079, www.therhino.org.

Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore!: Through March 7, $20-$50. Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St. (at York), 641-7657, www.brava.org.

A Delicate Balance: Edward Albee's play about family life. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 7. The Custom Stage, 965 Mission (at Sixth St.), 800-838-3006, www.custommade.org.

E.O. 9066: Lunatique Fantastique's puppetry. Starting March 7, Saturdays. Continues through April 25. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750, www.themarsh.org.

Gilbert & Sullivan, Straight Up, with a Twist: Presented by Lamplighters Music Theatre and the Santa Rosa Concert Association. Sun., March 8, 3:30 p.m., $25-$65, all ages. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs (off Route 101), Santa Rosa, 707-546-3600, www.wellsfargocenterarts.org.

A Girl's War: An Armenian-Azeri love story by Joyce Van Dyke. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 8. The Thick House, 1695 18th St. (at Arkansas), 401-8081, www.thickhouse.org.

Giving Tree: Adaptation of Shel Silverstein's book, for kids. Starting March 7, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through March 15. Boxcar Playhouse, 505 Natoma (at Sixth St.), 776-1747, www.boxcartheatre.org.

Landscape of the Body: John Guare's musical set in New York and the stars. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 7. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596, www.sfplayhouse.org.

La Belle Helene: Pocket Opera's production of Jacques Offenbach's opera. Sundays. Continues through March 8. Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave. (at Clement), 863-3330, www.thinker.org.

Marriage of Figaro: Goat Hall Productions takes on Mozart. March 6-8. Community Music Center, 544 Capp (at 20th St.), 647-6015, www.sfcmc.org.

The Model Apartment: Donald Margulies' play about a couple's life in Florida after surviving the Holocaust. Through April 5. Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida (at Mariposa), 522-0786, www.atjt.com.

No Exit: Jean-Paul Sartre's drama, directed by Andrey Esterlis. Through March 21, www.expressionproductions.com. Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa (at Florida), 621-7978, www.theatreofyugen.org.

Not a Genuine Black Man: Brian Copeland returns for another go-around. Through March 25. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750, www.themarsh.org.

Pure Shock Value: Killing My Lobster riffs on the film industry. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22, $10-$25, www.killingmylobster.com. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 931-1094, www.sffringe.org.

Rabbi Sam: Charlie Varon's drama about a rabbi who reinvents Judaism. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through April 5. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750, www.themarsh.org.

SF Follies: Name that reference in John Bisceglie's tale of the city. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through April 5, $35-$40, www.sffollies.com. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 855 Bush (at Taylor), 345-1287, www.actorstheatresf.org.

Shopping! The Musical: Songs and sketches about shopping. Daily, $23-$29, www.shoppingthemusical.com. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 882-9100, www.sheltontheater.com.

Skin: Steve Yockey's play about passion and infidelity. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 21. Climate Theater, 285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), 263-0830, www.climatetheater.com/.

Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins: Stephen Temperley's musical about a tone-deaf diva. Through March 15. American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228, www.act-sfbay.org.

Teatro ZinZanni's License to Kiss: Sabine Hettlich stars in the espionage thriller, with a side of dinner. Wednesdays-Sundays, $116-$190, 438-2668, www.zinzanni.org. Pier 29, Embarcadero (at Battery).

Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding: Be a part of the wedding reception. Thursdays-Saturdays, www.pier39shows.com. Theatre 39 at Pier 39, 2 Beach (at Embarcadero), 433-3939, www.theatre39-sf.com.

Un-Scripted: unscripted: Theater that's made on the fly. Starting March 5, Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 28. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596, www.sfplayhouse.org.

Where the Sidewalk Ends: Shel Silverstein adaptation. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 21, $5-$32. Boxcar Playhouse, 505 Natoma (at Sixth St.), 776-1747, www.boxcartheatre.org.

Wicked: The Tony Award–winning musical. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 27. Orpheum Theater, 1192 Market (at Eighth St.), 551-2000.

 
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