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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.

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.

Confessions of a Refrigerator Mother: Carolyn Doyle's play about a day in the life of her autistic son. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through April 25. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750, www.themarsh.org.

Divafest: Very large women-centered theater festival. Through April 25, $10-$20. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 931-1094, www.theexit.org.

Eccentrics of San Francisco's Barbary Coast ... A Magical Escapade: Historical magic show with Walt Anthony, David Miller, Brian Scott, and Ruth Fraser. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through June 27, $30, www.sanfranciscomagicparlor.com. Chancellor Hotel, 433 Powell (at Post), 362-2004, www.chancellorhotel.com.

E.O. 9066: Lunatique Fantastique's puppetry. Saturdays, 1 p.m. Continues through April 25, $15-$50. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750, www.themarsh.org.

Evil Hamlet: Written by William Shakespeare, edited by Jim Strope. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through April 25. Stage Werx, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 730-3433, www.stagewerx.org.

The Floating Lightbulb: Woody Allen's story about a Jewish family in Brooklyn. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 24. Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida (at Mariposa), 292-1233, www.atjt.com.

Fresh Voices IX Festival of New and Used Operas: Goat Hall Productions' operas about the Roman emperor Diocletian. Fridays-Sundays. Continues through April 26. Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa (at Florida), 621-7978, www.theatreofyugen.org.

Haunted Manor: Pocket Opera's production of Stanislaw Moniuszko's opera. Sundays. Continues through April 26. Florence Gould Theater at the Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave. (at El Camino del Mar), 863-3330, www.famsf.org/legion/index.asp.

An Inspector Calls: A police inspector pays a visit to a party in 1912 in J.B. Priestley's drama, produced by San Francisco StageWorks. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through April 25. Boxcar Theatre, 505 Natoma (at Sixth St.), 776-1747, www.boxcartheatre.org.

License to Kiss: Sabine Hettlich stars in the espionage thriller, with a side of dinner. Wednesdays-Sundays, $116-$190, 438-2668. Teatro ZinZanni, Piers 27 and 29 (Embarcadero & Battery), www.zinzanni.org.

Monday Night Marsh: On select Mondays 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, www.themarsh.org.

Not a Genuine Black Man: Brian Copeland returns for another go-around. Through May 2. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750, www.themarsh.org.

Over the Mountain: Brian Thorstenson's drama about an artist and her propaganda. Through April 25. Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St. (at York), 641-7657, www.brava.org.

Point Break Live!: Bank-robbing surfers make audiences happy. Fridays, 9 p.m., $25, www.myspace.com/pointbreaklive. CELLspace, 2050 Bryant (at 18th St.), 648-7562, www.cellspace.org.

Road to Playland and Back: A musical and art exhibit about S.F.'s Playland at the Beach. Through May 2, www.wehavemet.org. Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa (at Harrison), 558-1749, www.roycegallery.com.

Samsara: Staged reading of Lauren Yee's play about an American woman's surrogate pregnancy. Sat., April 25, 2 p.m., free. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 931-1094, www.theexit.org.

S.F. Lyric Opera: Performing Verdi's Rigoletto. Fri., April 24, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 26, 2 p.m., $22.50-$36.50 (kids under 12 free), all ages, www.sflyricopera.org. Fort Mason, Cowell Theater, in Herbst Pavilion, Marina & Buchanan, 345-7553, www.fortmason.org/venuerental/cowell_theater.shtml.

Shadows of Pompeii: 42nd Street Moon's musical about a woman expressing herself in AD 79. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 26. Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469, www.eurekatheatre.org.

The Shape of Things: Playwright Neil LaBute retells the story of Adam and Eve. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through April 24. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596, www.sfplayhouse.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.

ShortLived 2.0: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through June 27, $15-$20, www.pianofight.com. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 820-1656, www.cafearts.com.

Single Shots: New performances by Samantha Chanse, Nicole Maxali, Sarita Ocón, and Dennis Rodis. Starting April 23, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 26, 3 p.m. Continues through May 2, $10-$20, www.bindlestiffstudio.org. The Thick House, 1695 18th St. (at Arkansas), 401-8081, www.thickhouse.org.

The Story: A reporter fabricates a story, by Tracey Scott Wilson. Through April 25. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596, www.sfplayhouse.org.

Thom Pain (based on nothing): Cutting Ball Theater produces Will Eno's one-man show. Through May 9, $15-$30, 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 at Tony 'n Tina's Wedding. Thursdays-Saturdays, www.pier39shows.com. Theatre 39 at Pier 39, 2 Beach (at Embarcadero), 433-3939, www.theatre39-sf.com.

War Music: A drama by Lillian Groag about Agamemnon and Achilles. Through April 26. American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228, www.act-sfbay.org.

What Just Happened?: Wed., April 22, 7:30 p.m., $10-$15. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750, www.themarsh.org.

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