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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. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 882-9100.

The Business: A Comedy Show: With Chris Garcia, Sean Keane, Alex Koll, and Bucky Sinister. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. $5. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.

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Candid: Holiday circus stage show. Through Jan. 9. $15-$60. Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St. (at Mission), 273-4633.

A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens' holiday classic. Through Dec. 24. $15-$103. American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228.

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.

Dirty Little Showtunes: Bawdy parody of songs from Broadway productions. Continues through Jan. 16. $29-$36. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.

Forever Tango: Created and directed by Luis Bravo; a cast of dancers and musicians traces the tango's history, from its beginnings in turn-of-the-20th-century Buenos Aires bordellos to its acceptance into high society. Continues through Jan. 9. $55-$100. Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter (at Mason), 771-6900.

Forking II: A Merry Forking! Christmas: PianoFight's fully scripted choose-your-own-adventure play. Through Dec. 30. $20. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 336-0513.

"The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes": With Heklina, Cookie Dough, Matthew Martin, Pollo Del Mar, Mike Finn, Laurie Bushman, and Jane Wiedlin. Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 & 9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23. $25. CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission (at Ninth St.), 626-2060.

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: Jewish comedy and Chinese food: the anti-Christmas. With Wendy Liebman, Joe Nguyen, Nathan Habib, and Lisa Geduldig. Dec. 23-26. $42-$62. 925-275-9005. New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific (at Grant), 925-275-9005.

The Man of Rock: Musical set in the 1980s. Through Dec. 23, 8 p.m. $15-$35. The Jewish Theater, 470 Florida (at Mariposa), 292-1233.

Mittens and Mistletoe: Clowning by Coventry & Kaluza anchors this holiday variety show. Dec. 24-25, 2 & 4 p.m. $15-$25. Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St. (at Mission), 273-4633.

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 for a lineup of future shows. Mondays. $7. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

Mr. YooWho's Holiday: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 2. $15-$18. Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa (at Florida), 621-7978.

Party of 2: A show of songs about two people who meet and move in together, exploring issues of love and proximity. Tuesdays. Continues through Jan. 4. $14.50-$29. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 882-9100.

Rock 'n' Roll Cinderella: Set in the 1950s. Cinderella loves to dance, but must fight her evil stepmother and stepsisters to have any fun. Through Dec. 31. $10-$15. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.

Santaland Diaries: David Sedaris' story becomes a play, performed by David Sinaiko. Through Dec. 30. $20-$30. Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469.

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, 8 p.m. $23-$29. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 882-9100.

Siddhartha, The Bright Path 2010: Through Jan. 9. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

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

Upper Cut Improv Showcase: Improv and sketch comedy. Fridays, 7 p.m. $5. San Francisco Comedy College, 414 Mason (at Geary), 921-2051.

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