Other Stage Standouts This Fall

Beach Blanket Babylon
The venerable musical revue just keeps going and going and going. Ongoing at Club Fugazi at 678 Green (at Powell), S.F. $25-$80; 421-4222 or www.beachblanketbabylon.com.

Romeo & Julien
Boxcar gives Shakespeare's Juliet a transgendered makeover. Sept. 10-Oct. 3 at Boxcar Playhouse, 505 Natoma (at Sixth St.), S.F. $20-$30; 776-1747 or www.boxcartheatre.org.

The Second Attack of the Killer B-Movies
Stage Werx serves up another series of B-movie homages, this time with Blue Velvet (Sept. 10-26), The Bride of Frankenstein (Oct. 1-17), and Barbarella (Oct. 22-Nov. 7). Stage Werx, 533 Sutter (at Powell), S.F. $20-$25; www.foulplaysf.com.

This World in a Woman's Hands
Shotgun Players unveil a musical about the women who worked at the Richmond Shipyards in World War II — who became known collectively as Rosie the Riveter. Sept. 10-Oct. 11 at Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby (at Martin Luther King), Berkeley. $5-$19; 510-841-6500 or www.shotgunplayers.org.

Tings Dey Happen
Dan Hoyle returns to the Marsh for a brief run of his hit one-man show about Nigerian oil politics, just before embarking on a tour of Nigeria sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Sept. 10-26 at the Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), S.F.. $15-$50; 826-5750 or www.themarsh.org.

South Pacific
Bartlett Sher's universally adored Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's otherwise mediocre musical finally makesits way to San Francisco. Sept. 18-Oct. 25 at Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor (at Market), S.F. $30-$99; 551-2000 or www.shnsf.com.

Sex and the City Improvised
If you can't make it for Jane Austen Unscripted at BATS Improv this weekend, drop by in a few weeks for an off-the-cuff send-up of Carrie Bradshaw and friends. Sat., Sept. 19. Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason Center (Marina and Buchanan), S.F. $15-$18; 474-6776 or www.improv.org.

Ann Randolph follows up last season's Squeeze Box with another solo show at the Marsh, this time concerning a woman whose life is falling apart on a flight from L.A. to Ohio. Oct. 1-Nov. 14 at the Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), S.F. $20-$50; 826-5750 or www.themarsh.org.

The hit musical returns to S.F. with original Broadway cast members Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal. Oct. 6-18 at the Curran Theatre, 445 Geary (at Taylor), S.F. $30-$99; 551-2000 or www.shnsf.com.

Mrs. Whitney
In this new sequel to his play Goldfish (also playing at the Magic Oct. 7-Nov. 8), John Kolvenbach considers true love from the perspective of a woman who would seem too cynical for all that. Oct. 21-Nov. 22 at the Magic Theatre, Fort Mason Center (Marina and Buchanan), S.F. $15-$45; 441-8822 or www.magictheatre.org.

Central Works debuts a new comedy about Pop Rocks (along with other explosive subjects) co-written by Aaron Loeb, the man behind Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party. Oct. 24-Nov. 22 at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant (at Ellsworth), Berkeley. $14-$25; 510-558-1381 or www.centralworks.org.

Crowded Fire premieres Christina Anderson's study of a dying woman making amends with her grandson. Nov. 1-22 at Boxcar Playhouse, 505 Natoma (at Sixth St.), S.F. $TBA; 255-7846 or www.crowdedfire.org.

Large Animal Games
Following the success of 2006's Cartoon, Atlanta-based absurdist Steve Yockey returns to Impact Theatre with the premiere of another enjoyably inscrutable concoction. Nov. 6-Dec. 12 at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid (at Hearst), Berkeley. $12-$17; 510-464-4468 or www.impacttheatre.com.

Cirque du Soleil Presents Ovo
The world's most elaborately outfitted contortionists show you what it's like to be a bug. Nov. 2-Jan. 3 at AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (at King), S.F. $42-$250; 800-450-1480 or www.cirquedusoleil.com.

The Threepenny Opera
Shotgun finds the right way to cap off an economically challenged year — with Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's adaptation of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera. Dec. 2-Jan. 17 at Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby (at Martin Luther King), Berkeley. $5-$19; 510-841-6500 or www.shotgunplayers.org.

The 39 Steps
Alfred Hitchcock gets a farcical makeover in a touring version of 2008's ecstatically reviewed Broadway production. Dec. 9-Jan. 3 at Curran Theatre, 445 Geary (at Mason), S.F. $TBA; 551-2000 or www.shnsf.com.

Fall Arts Guide

Nicola Luisotti by Chloe Veltman
Five Classical Music and Opera Events to See This Fall by Chloe Veltman

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company by Bonner Odell
Fall Dance Picks by Bonner Odell

Other Fall Stage Events by Chris Jensen

Visual Art
Harpoons and Harbingers:This fall, visual artists bite, reflect, and cannibalize by Traci Vogel
Art listings compiled by John Graham

HUM525: Hitting the Books: Your required reading for the fall semester by Jonathan Kiefer

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