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Beach Blanket Babylon: Steve Silver's musical revue spoofs pop culture with extravagant costumes. Wednesdays-Sundays. $25-$130. 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.

Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Horse and Man: A multimedia production featuring more than 100 performers and 50 horses. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 12. $64.50-$139.50. White Big Top, Fourth St. (at Channel), 866-999-8111.

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Circus Finelli: San Francisco's all-women clown troupe, specializing in ridiculous circus comedy with a vaudeville aesthetic. Every other Wednesday, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 22. $10-$20. Stage Werx, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 730-3433.

Coraline: A cautionary tale about attaining a perfect life that turns out to be not so perfect. Play and music by David Greenspan and Stephin Merritt. Continues through Jan. 15. $30-$50. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596.

Maya Rudolph: City Arts & Lectures. Tue., Nov. 30, 8 p.m. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), 392-4400.

It's All the Rage: One-woman show starring Marilyn Pittman. Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 5. $20-$35. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

The Kinsey Sicks: "Oy Vey in a Manger": The self-proclaimed "America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet" present a holiday musical comedy. Fri., Nov. 26, 8 p.m. $25-$35. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), 392-4400.

The Lion in Winter: A play by James Goldman. Starting Nov. 26. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 11. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 855 Bush (at Taylor), 345-1287.

Match: Expression Productions; new play by Stephen Belber. Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 19. $12-$28. Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa (at Harrison), 558-1749.

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.

"The One Year AnnivHERsary Show": Sketch comedy written, directed, produced, and performed by women. Mondays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 13. $20. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 336-0513.

Or,: A work by Liz Duffy Adams that peers into the life and times of Aphra Behn. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 5. $20-$30. Magic Theatre, Fort Mason, Bldg. D, Marina & Buchanan, 441-8822.

Palomino: The new solo play by writer and actor David Cale. Through Dec. 5. $10-$55. Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, 510-843-4822.

Pearls over Shanghai: Thrillpeddlers brings back the Cockettes. Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 19. $30. The Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (at Bryant), 377-4202.

A Perfect Ganesh: Terrence McNally's play about two women traveling from the U.S. to India. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 19. $24. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.

The Real Americans: Dan Hoyle's solo show. Continues through Feb. 12. $20-$50. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

Secret Improv Society: Underground improvisational theater. Saturdays, 10 p.m. $15. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 882-9100.

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

A Tale of Two Genres: Un-Scripted Theater Company improvises in the style of Charles Dickens. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 22. $10-$20. www.un-scripted.com. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596.

The Tempest: A three-person chamber version of the Shakespeare play. Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 28. $15-$50. The Cutting Ball Theater, 277 Taylor (at Ellis), 419-3584.

The Tender King: New play by Ian Walker. Starting Nov. 26. Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 11. $12-$25. www.secondwindtheatre.com. The Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason (at Post), 989-0023.

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.

 
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