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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.

I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I'm Afraid to Tell You: Tragicomic solo show by Jennifer Jajeh, about the Middle East. Starting Sept. 17, Thursdays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 24. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 820-1656, www.cafearts.com.

Insides OUT!: Katie Rubin's solo show about abuse and growing up. Sun., Sept. 20, 6 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 27, 6 p.m. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 820-1656, www.cafearts.com.

Into the Clear Blue Sky: A reading of J.C. Lee's play, as part of the Matchbox Reading Series. Mon., Sept. 21, 7 p.m., free. Boxcar Theatre, 505 Natoma (at Sixth St.), 776-1747, www.boxcartheatre.org.

Little Dog Laughed: Douglas Carter Beane comedy, directed by Ed Decker. Starting Sept. 18, Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 8. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972, www.nctcsf.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 solo show opens once again. Fridays, Saturdays. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 820-1656, www.cafearts.com.

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.

Romeo & Julien: William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet adapted by Nick A. Olivero. Through Oct. 3. Boxcar Theatre, 505 Natoma (at Sixth St.), 776-1747, www.boxcartheatre.org.

San Francisco Fringe Festival: The annual festival returns with more than 40 offbeat shows. Through Sept. 20, www.theexit.org. Multiple San Francisco locations.

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.

South Pacific: Bartlett Sher directs the famed musical. Sept. 18-Oct. 25. Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor (at Market), 551-2000.

Tings Dey Happen: Dan Hoyle's award-winning solo show returns. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 26. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750, www.themarsh.org.

Under the Gypsy Moon: Teatro ZinZanni's new show features Duffy Bishop, Geoff Hoyle, and a traveling troupe of Gypsies. Thursdays-Sundays, $117-$195, 438-2668. Teatro ZinZanni, Piers 27 and 29 (Embarcadero & Battery), www.zinzanni.org.

Walking on the Moon: Kosho's solo show about the economy and shopping. Starting Sept. 20, Sundays. Continues through Oct. 11. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 820-1656, www.cafearts.com.

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

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