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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.

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. 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.

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: On-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.

ForePlays' This American Lie: Sketch comedy written, performed, and produced by the women of PianoFight as well as music and stand-up comedy. Starting April 13. Fridays. Through May 4. $15-$25. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.).

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. (800) 838-3006. 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. 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.

Marilyn Madness: Performances celebrating Marilyn Monroe. Wed., April 11, 7 p.m. $25-$60. Eureka Theatre Company, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469.

Mission CTRL Goes Public: The $7 Billion IPO: Sketch comedy from comedy troupe that's part of the PianoFight theater company. Thursdays. Through May 3. $15-$25. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.).

Monday Night Marsh: Musicians, actors, performance artists, and others stage 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. Through April 28. $20-$25. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.).

Okeanos: Dance inspired by science. April 12-15. $25-$35. Herbst Pavilion, Marina (at Buchanan, in Fort Mason), 345-7500.

Previously Secret Information: In the words of the organizers: "Great stories, told well, with just the right amount of lies." We'll add: "Told by comedians, a lot of the time." Third Sunday of every month, 7 p.m. $10. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.).

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.

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.

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.

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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