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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.

Boleros for the Disenchanted: Jose Rivera's drama about love and scoundrels. Starting May 7, Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 31. American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228, www.act-sfbay.org.

Bright Young People: The Words and Music of Noël Coward: ACT's Young Conservatory takes the stage for songs and scenes by Coward. Starting May 8, Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 23. Zeum Theater, 221 Fourth St. (at Howard), 820-3320, www.zeum.org/visitor/zeumTheater.html.

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Candide, or Optimism: Produced by Theatre of Yugen, adapted from Voltaire. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 23. Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa (at Florida), 621-7978, www.theatreofyugen.org.

Ciribiribin: Marsh Youth Theater's musical about an Italian family in the 1940s. May 9-16. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750, www.themarsh.org.

Dead Man's Cell Phone: Sarah Ruhl's comedy about technology. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 13. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596, www.sfplayhouse.org.

East 14th Street: Don Reed's solo show about growing up in Oakland. Starting May 8, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 14. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750, www.themarsh.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.

The Floating Light Bulb: 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.

For All the Babies' Fathers: Molly Rhodes' drama about fathers and exes. Through May 16. Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St. (at York), 641-7657, www.brava.org.

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune: A romance by Terrence McNally. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 24. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 931-3847, www.theexit.org.

The In Betweens: A comedy by Margery Fairchild, presented by Dark Porch Theatre. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 30. Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847, www.sffringe.org.

Ion: Outdoor performances of Euripides' comedy by Boxcar Theatre. Starting May 9, Saturdays. Continues through May 23, Free. Multiple San Francisco locations, multiple addresses within San Francisco.

Kamikaze Heart: Tim Barsky's circus/hip-hop extravaganza. Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through May 31, $14-$25, www.citycircus.org. Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St. (at York), 641-7657, www.brava.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.

Point Break Live!: Bank-robbing surfers make audiences happy. Fridays, 9 p.m. Continues through May 30, $25, www.myspace.com/pointbreaklive. CELLspace, 2050 Bryant (at 18th St.), 648-7562, www.cellspace.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.

Sultry Summer Magic: Teatro ZinZanni's new show features a rotating crew of headliners during the run, including Melanie Stace, Edna Wright and Honey Cone, Melba Moore, Sally Kellerman, and Darlene Love. Wednesdays-Sundays, $117-$200, 438-2668. Teatro ZinZanni, Piers 27 and 29 (Embarcadero & Battery), www.zinzanni.org.

Super Awesome Rap Team: Starting May 8, Fridays, Saturdays, 10:30 p.m. Continues through May 16, $10-$20. Stage Werx, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 730-3433, www.stagewerx.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.

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

Wildcat: A musical about an oil prospector in 1912. Starting May 7, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 24. Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469, www.eurekatheatre.org.

Wreckage: Caridad Svich's drama about two boys in love. Starting May 9, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 6. Boxcar Theatre, 505 Natoma (at Sixth St.), 776-1747, www.boxcartheatre.org.

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