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The Aliens: Two young men in a New England town meditating on music, philosophy, drugs, and Bukowski find a disciple behind a coffeehouse. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through May 5. $20-$70. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596.

The Angry Geek Show: Stand-up comedy about geeks. Tue., April 10, 8 p.m. $15. Punch Line, 444 Battery (at Clay), 397-7573.

Any Given Day: A play set in Scotland exploring the fleeting nature of love and happiness against a backdrop of violence and disappointment. Tuesdays-Sundays. Through April 29. $20-$60. Magic Theatre, Fort Mason, Bldg. D, Marina & Buchanan, 441-8822.

Audium 9: Spatial electronic orchestrations and sound sculptures. Early arrival is advised. Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. $20. Audium-Theatre of Sound-Sculptured Space, 1616 Bush (at Franklin), 771-1616.

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), 433-3040.

Blues for an Alabama Sky: A love story set during the Harlem Renaissance in which religion, lies, and sexual orientations collide. Previews are April 4-6; opening night is April 7. Wednesdays-Sundays. Through May 12. $10-$53. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 450 Post (at Powell), 474-8800.

A Bright Room Called Day: A play by Tony Kushner about a woman who protects her circle of creative and activist friends from the Nazis' rise to power in 1930s Berlin. Fridays-Sundays. Through April 22. $20-$32. Gough Street Playhouse, 1620 Gough (at Bush).

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

ClownSnotbombs Presents: The Mystery of the Jeweled Egg: Kids' theatrical circus show. April 6-7, 8 p.m. $10-$15. Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.

The Collection: Christian Cagigal's illusion show that involves audience participation. Through April 13. $20-$25. 673-3847. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.

Goodfellas: Live: Stage parody of the film. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through April 28. $20. 401-7987. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.

Will Durst's Elect to Laugh: A comedy sketch chasing down the presidential election cycle. Tuesdays. $15-$35. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

Hot Greeks: An ancient Greek tragedy meets a modern-day football comedy meets theater of the absurd in this remake of a play by San Francisco's Cockettes. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through May 5. $30-$69. The Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (at Bryant), (800) 838-3006.

It's All the Rage: Solo performance by Marilyn Pittman about a murder-suicide in her family. Thursdays, Saturdays; Sun., April 15. Through April 14. $15-$50. The Marsh Cafe And Gallery, 1070 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

Kipling Hotel: Don Reed's solo show. Saturdays, Sundays. Through May 6. $20-$50. The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 704-8291.

The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later: Members of the Tectonic Theatre Project return to Laramie a decade after the killing of gay college student Matthew Shepard to gauge the tragedy's effect on the town and its people. Wednesdays-Sundays. Through April 29. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.

A Lie of the Mind: A family drama by Sam Shepard. Through April 14. $15-$35. Boxcar Playhouse, 505 Natoma (at Sixth St.), 776-1747.

Maple and Vine: A couple flees the modern world to live in a society of 1950s re-enactors. Tuesdays-Sundays. Through April 22. $9.50-$85. American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228.

Maurice: An aristocratic Englishman declares his love for a male friend during a time when homsexuality is outlawed in Britain. Wednesdays-Sundays. Through April 7. $25-$45. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.

Monday Night Marsh: Musicians, actors, performance artists, and others stage of works in progress. Mondays. $7. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

Octopus's Garden: Play about ethical quandaries involving a same-sex couple, a kid, and the biological father. Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through April 7. $20-$25. Alcove Theater, 414 Mason (at Geary).

The Real Americans: Dan Hoyle's one-man show. Fridays, Saturdays. Through April 14. $25-$50. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

The Rita Hayworth of This Generation: Story of Carmelita Cristina Rivera, a queer Latina performer whose passion, power and heartache drive her to gamble everything and move to Las Vegas. Saturdays, Sundays, 8 p.m. Through April 7. $12-$20. Shotwell Studios, 3252A 19th St. (at Folsom), 920-2223.

Secret Improv Society: Underground improvisational theater. Saturdays, 10 p.m. $15. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.

Shopping! The Musical: Songs and sketches about shopping. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. $23-$29. www.shoppingthemusical.com. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.

Some Thing: Art drag night with craft table. Fridays. $5. The Stud, 399 Ninth St. (at Harrison), 863-6623.

Thunderdome: The Monthly Improv Cage-Match: Monthly show contains three improv troupes; the first two compete to see which will be the headliner the following month. First Wednesday of every month. Through Dec. 5. free. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.).

Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding: Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m. $88.50-$115.50. www.tonyandtinasanfrancisco.com. Imperial Palace, 818 Washington (at Grant), 956-9888.

True West: First in a series of repertory plays by Sam Shepard. Through April 7. $15-$35. Boxcar Theatre Studios, 125A Hyde (at Golden Gate).

Waiting for Godot: Beckett's minimalist play. Thursdays-Saturdays. Through April 14. $20-$32. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596.

Waiting Period: Solo performance about depression by actor, playwright, author, and talk show host Brian Copeland. Fridays, Saturdays. Through April 27. $20-$50. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

 
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