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Wednesday, May 25 2011
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Vice Palace. Combine Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death" with Fellini's La Dolce Vita, persuade most of your actors to show off their peens, then stage the whole thing as a '30s musical revue. You might end up with something like Vice Palace, but you'll be lucky if your version is anywhere near as much fun to watch. Thrillpeddlers' latest revival of a musical by the Cockettes — the ragtag band of gender-fucking misfits who enjoyed a brief heyday in San Francisco from 1969 to 1972 — isn't quite as solid as Pearls Over Shanghai, the company's long-running foray into psychedelic burlesque. But it's still a good-natured evening of minimally polished, unapologetically trashy entertainment. (If you're uncomfortable with the prospect of seeing a naked dude pull decorative ribbon out of his ass, then you might want to choose another show.) Vice Palace was the last musical performed by the Cockettes before the troupe disbanded, and some of the numbers demonstrate a cleverness, even a compositional maturity, that wouldn't have been out of place when Cole Porter and Jerome Kern ruled Broadway. Of course, Cole Porter never wrote a song called "A Crab on Uranus." Oh, well — his loss, I guess. Through July 31 at the Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (at Bryant), S.F. $30-$35; www.thrillpeddlers.com. (Chris Jensen) Reviewed May 11.

Absolutely San Francisco: Musical comedy about lost love and the San Francisco experience. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through May 29. $32-$50. Alcove Theater, 414 Mason (at Derby).

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.

The Business: A Comedy Show: Wednesdays, 8 p.m. $5. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.

Eleanor: A play by Margery Fairchild about the exploits of the French queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 28. $15-$25. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.

Free Fridays! Improv Show: Fridays, 10:30 p.m. Continues through June 24. free. Alcove Theater, 414 Mason (at Derby).

Geezer: Geoff Hoyle's solo performance about what it's like to grow old. Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through July 10. $20-$50. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

Loveland: Solo show by Ann Randolph. Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through June 4. $20-$100. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

Lucky Girl: Story of a woman's attempt to recover her life after being raped. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 28. $15-$25. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.

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.

A Most Notorious Woman: Maggie Cronin's play about Irish pirate queen Grace "Grania" O'Malley. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 28. $15-$25. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.

Nobody Move: Based on Denis Johnson's latest book. Thursdays are pay-what-you-can. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through June 12. $20-$35. Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission (at Fifth St.), 626-2787.

Queer: Chamber opera by Erling Wold. Fridays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through May 29. $12-$25. www.sfiaf.org. Fort Mason Center, Marina (at Laguna), 345-7500.

The Real Americans: Dan Hoyle's solo performance. Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through July 23. $25-$50. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

Reborning: Dark comedy on custom-made dolls created for people coping with the loss of a child. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 11. $30-$70. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596.

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

Teatr ZAR: Gospels of Childhood, Part 1: Overture: Polish musical theater group performs the Gospels of Childhood triptych based on the Bible and the Apocrypha. Wed., May 25, 7 p.m. $20-$25. Gospels of Childhood, Part 2: Caesarean Section: Wed., May 25, 8:15 p.m. $20-$25. Gospels of Childhood, Part 3: Anhelli — The Calling: Wed., May 25, 9:30 p.m. $20-$25. www.sfiaf.org/2011Festival/artists/teatrzar.html. St. Gregory's Church, 500 De Haro (at Mariposa), 255-8100.

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.

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

Your F!#&ed Up Relationship: Improv based on real-life relationship problems supplied by audience members. Fridays. free. Alcove Theater, 414 Mason (at Derby).

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