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Our critics weigh in on local theater

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

Act a Lady: Gender bending in a small, Prohibition-era town. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 26. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972, www.nctcsf.org.

All the World's a Stage: Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare: Soprano Susan Gundunas combines music and spoken word in a tribute to the Bard. Sat., April 25, 7:30 p.m., www.sevenperforms.org. Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Ave. (at Judah), 664-2543, www.seventhavenuechurch.org.

American Hwangap: Lloyd Suh's drama about a Korean immigrant reuniting with his family. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 3. Magic Theatre, Fort Mason, Bldg. D (Marina & Buchanan(, 441-8822, www.magictheatre.org.

Audacious Artefacts: Parisian Grand Guignol: Through May 16, $15-$30. The Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (at Bryant), 377-4202, www.thrillpeddlers.com.

Baptized to the Bone: A comedy by Dave Johnson about a theater producer scrambling for money. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 3. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972, www.nctcsf.org.

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.

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.

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