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Crass Act: Tom Orr's scandalous cabaret, for adults only. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 12. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972, www.nctcsf.org.

East 14th: True Tales of a Reluctant Player: Don Reed's solo show about growing up in Oakland. Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 10. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750, www.themarsh.org.

Good Boys and True: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's drama about a prep-school scandal. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 20. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972, www.nctcsf.org.

The Grapes of Wrath: Frank Galati adapts John Steinbeck. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 26. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 855 Bush (at Taylor), 345-1287, www.actorstheatresf.org.

Helen Keller: Theatre of Yugen presents the drama, directed by Gogh Nakajima. Sept. 4-6. Theatre of Yugen, 2840 Mariposa (at Alabama), 621-7978, www.theatreofyugen.org.

Jane Austen Unscripted: BATS Improv presents Austen's oeuvre. Sept. 5-6. Bayfront Theater, 16 Marina (at Laguna), 474-6776, www.improv.org/shows/bayfront.htm.

KML Patronizes the Arts: Killing My Lobster takes on the art scene. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 13, $5-$20, www.killingmylobster.com. Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida (at Mariposa), 292-1233, www.atjt.com.

The Mary Van Note Show: With Mary Van Note, Caitlin Gill, Emily Heller, and Ray Molina. Sat., Sept. 5, 10 p.m., $8-$10. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

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.

Out at the Beach: Beach Blanket Babylon hosts a special night for LGBT theater lovers. Fri., Sept. 4, 9:30 p.m. Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.

Pearls Over Shanghai: Thrillpeddlers brings back the Cockettes. Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 20, $30. The Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (at Bryant), 377-4202, www.thrillpeddlers.com.

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.

The Strange Case of Citizen Dela Cruz: Staged reading cosponsored by Bindlestiff Studio. Sat., Sept. 5, 1:30 p.m., free. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4595, www.sfpl.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.

Theater You Can Eat: Four dramas about food, by John Robinson. Through Sept. 6, 6 p.m., $19.95-$39.95, www.thepeoplestheatre.com. Peña Pachamama, 1630 Powell (at Union), 646-0018, www.penapachamama.com.

Wicked: Meet the witches of Oz. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 27. Orpheum Theater, 1192 Market (at Eighth St.), 551-2000.

Zombie: A New Musical: Anthony R. Miller and Brendan West pen a zombie play, set in Colma. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 5. Stage Werx, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 730-3433, www.stagewerx.org.

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