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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 until the winner stands alone on the stage. Sundays, 7 p.m., $5-$8, www.improv.org. Bayfront Theater, 16 Marina (at Laguna), 474-6776, www.improv.org/shows/bayfront.htm.

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.

Big City Improv: Actors take audience suggestions and create comedy from nothing. Fridays, 10 p.m., $15-$20, www.bigcityimprov.com. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 882-9100, www.sheltontheater.com.

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

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

Lead: Lesbians rule the world in this Crazed Ape production. Starting March 12, Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 28. Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847, www.sffringe.org.

Machinal: Sophie Treadwell's play about murderess Ruth Snyder. March 12-22. Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St. (at York), 641-7657, www.brava.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.

Sheherezade: Ten-minute-play festival. March 12-21. Stage Werx, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 730-3433, www.stagewerx.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).

Thom Pain: Cutting Ball Theater produces Will Eno's one-man show. March 13-April 5, www.cuttingball.com. Exit Theatre on Taylor, 277 Taylor (at Ellis), 931-1094, www.sffringe.org.

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.

Twelve Angry Jurors: Calvary Theater Group produces the classic drama about justice. March 13-29. Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore (at Jackson), 346-3832, www.calvarypresbyterian.org.

Twilight Zone Live: Through March 29, 8 p.m., $20. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

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

Volleygirls: Rob Ackerman's look at a high-school volleyball team, presented by the American Conservatory Theater. March 12-28. Zeum Theater, 221 Fourth St. (at Howard), 820-3320, www.zeum.org/visitor/zeumTheater.html.

Where the Sidewalk Ends: Shel Silverstein adaptation. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 27, $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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