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Hot Greeks. To complement their wildly successful (and deservedly so) run of Pearls over Shanghai (running through August), Russell Blackwood and his merrily debaucherous Thrillpeddlers are simultaneously putting on the only other scripted Cockettes musical, Hot Greeks. It's a loose interpretation of Aristophanes' Lysistrata (the women of Greece try to end the Peloponnesian War by withholding sex from their men), in which the soldiers are college footballers and the women are cheerleaders. Most of the actors are in drag (if in clothes at all), plenty of double entendres are involved ("Everybody's got a buddy on the front"), and exposed cocks are — often literally — flying everywhere. The plot is paper-thin, but the company's enthusiasm, the lush costuming, and some of the songs ("The Hot Twat of Tangier") are quite entertaining. The second act, hosted by original Cockette composer and actor Scrumbly Koldewyn, plays as a depraved history and cabaret performance of random songs from other 1970s Cockettes productions, including the hilarious "Journey to the Center of Uranus!" Greeks feels more like a B-side to the truly thrilling Pearls, but together they revive a sexy history and tradition that feels truly San Francisco. It's freakishly fun. Through June 27 at the Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (at Bryant), S.F. $30-$69; 800-838-3006 or www.thrillpeddlers.com. (Nathaniel Eaton) Reviewed May 5.

All My Sons: Arthur Miller's play presented by the Actors Theatre, directed by Joyce Henderson. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 12. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 855 Bush (at Taylor), 345-1287, www.actorstheatresf.org.

Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?: Josh Kornbluth's comedy. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 20. The Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida (at Mariposa), 292-1233, www.tjt-sf.com.

Apotheosis of Pig Husbandry: A comedy by William Bivins. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 12. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596, www.sfplayhouse.org.

Beautiful Child: The Music of Rufus Wainwright: Through May 29, 7:30 p.m., $15-$20, www.act-sf.org. Zeum Theater, 221 Fourth St. (at Howard), 820-3320, www.zeum.org.

Best of PlayGround 14: A Festival of New Writers & New Plays: Short plays. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 30. The Thick House, 1695 18th St. (at Arkansas), 401-8081, www.thickhouse.org.

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.

Boys Will Be Boys: Presented by New Conservatory Theatre Center. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 26. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972, www.nctcsf.org.

The Breath of Life: Presented by Spare Stage. Through June 6. Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa (at Florida), 621-7978, www.theatreofyugen.org.

Eat, Pray, Laugh!: Alicia Dattner's solo show. Wednesdays. Continues through May 26. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 336-0513, www.cafearts.com/offmarket.

Echo's Reach: By Tim Barsky and circus performers from City Circus/Acrosports. Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 30. Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St. (at York), 641-7657, www.brava.org.

Fishing: Presented by Open Tab Production. Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through May 29. Shotwell Studios, 3252A 19th St. (at Folsom), 920-2223, www.ftloose.org/shotwell.html.

The Good-for-Nothing Lover: Shadow theater, poetry reading, movement theater, and more. Fri., May 28; Sat., May 29. Fort Mason, Cowell Theater, in Herbst Pavilion (Marina & Buchanan), 345-7553, www.fortmason.org.

Home Theater Festival: Two nights with performances in the Folsom Street apartments of Keith Hennessy and Ian Waisler, Carin McKay, and Kirk Read and Ed Wolf. Wed., May 26; Thu., May 27, philiphuangpresents.blogspot.com/. Magnet, 4122 18th St. (at Castro), 581-1600, www.magnetsf.org.

Marga Gomez Is Proud and Bothered: Comedy by Marga Gomez. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 26. 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.

The New Century: Starting May 28, Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through July 11. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972, www.nctcsf.org.

Pearls over Shanghai: Thrillpeddlers brings back the Cockettes. Through Aug. 1, $30. The Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (at Bryant), 377-4202, www.thrillpeddlers.com.

Rhino: Adapted from Eugène Ionesco's Rhinoceros. Through May 29. Boxcar Theatre, 505 Natoma (at Sixth St.), 776-1747, www.boxcartheatre.org.

S.F. Stories: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 29, $24. Stage Werx, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 730-3433, www.stagewerx.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.

ShortLived: Audience-judged playwriting competition. Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through June 26. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 336-0513, www.cafearts.com/offmarket.

Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding: Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Fridays, 7 p.m., $88.50-$115.50, www.tonyandtinasanfrancisco.com. Swiss Louis Restaurant at Pier 39, 2 Beach (at Embarcadero), 421-2913, www.swisslouis.com.

Twilight Zone Live: Season VII: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through June 12, $20. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

What Mama Said About Down There: Sia Amma's comedy. Thursdays, Sundays. Continues through June 3. Our Little Theater, 287 Ellis (at Taylor), 928-4060.

 
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