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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.

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.

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The Dybbuk: By Israel's national theater, Habima. Wed., July 8; Thu., July 9; Sun., July 12. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission (at Third St.), 655-7800, www.thecjm.org.

Fayette-Nam: Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through July 11, $15-$25, www.asianamericantheater.org. The Thick House, 1695 18th St. (at Arkansas), 401-8081, www.thickhouse.org.

Fukú Americanus: Based on the book by Junot Diaz. Through July 12. Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia (at 15th St.), 626-3311, www.theintersection.org.

Carmen: Pocket Opera presents the classic. Sun., July 12; Sat., July 18; Sun., July 19. Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave. (at Clement), 863-3330, www.thinker.org.

Maidrid's Bow: An Amazon Tale: Morgan Ludlow's comedy inspired by Proposition 8. Starting July 9, Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 8. Stage Werx, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 730-3433, www.stagewerx.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's long-running drama about San Leandro. Through July 12. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 820-1656, www.cafearts.com.

Only the Truth Is Funny: Rick Reynolds'one-man show. Starting July 11, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Aug. 30. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750, www.themarsh.org.

Pearls Over Shanghai: Thrillpeddlers brings back the Cockettes. Through Aug. 16, $30. The Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (at Bryant), 377-4202, www.thrillpeddlers.com.

Putting It Together: A revue of Stephen Sondheim's musical. Starting July 10, Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 8. The Custom Stage, 965 Mission (at Sixth St.), www.custommade.org.

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

Some Men: Playwright Terrence McNally marches through queer history. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 12. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972, www.nctcsf.org.

Songs to Make You Gay: Connie Champagne onstage. Go ahead, give it a shot. Starting July 9, Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 1. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972, www.nctcsf.org.

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.

Surya ki antim kiran se surya ki pehli kiran tak: Surendra Verma's drama about King Okkaak, in Hindi with English subtitles. Sat., July 11; Sun., July 12, www.naatak.com. Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa (at Florida), 621-7978, www.theatreofyugen.org.

Unexpected Man: Yasmina Reza's drama about a novelist on a train. Starting July 9, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 25, www.sparestage.com. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 931-3847, www.theexit.org.

View from the Bridge: Arthur Miller's drama, directed by Peter Tripp. Starting July 9, Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 22, www.offbroadwaywest.org. The Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason (at Post), 989-0023‚ www.phoenixtheatresf.org.

 
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