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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.
A Behanding in Spokane: A black comedy involving a man searching for his lost hand after 30 years. Starting May 15. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through June 30. $20-$50. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596.
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.
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.
Crackpot Crones Present: MOMS! Sketch Comedy & Improv for Anyone Who's Ever Been or Had a Mother: Sketch comedy and improv from theater duo Terry Baum and Carolyn Meyers. May 12-13. $20. www.crackpotcrones.com. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.
DIVAfest: Theater celebrating female power and creativity. May 12-27. 673-3847. www.divafest.info. Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.
Down to This: A game of chance decides who lives and dies in a small mountain town. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through May 26. $12-$20. Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.
Will Durst's Elect to Laugh: A comedy show chasing down the presidential election from a San Francisco comedian who once ran for mayor. Tuesdays. Through Nov. 6. $15-$35. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.
FWD: Life Gone Viral: A performance by Charlie Varon and Jeri Lynn Cohen. Previews run through May 10; the show opens May 12 and continues through June 10. $20-$50. 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 19. $30-$69. The Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (at Bryant), (800) 838-3006.
Improvised Murder Mystery: BATS Improv creates a story based on audience suggestions. Saturdays. Through May 26. $17-$20. Bayfront Theater, 16 Marina (at Laguna), 474-6776.
It's All the Rage: Marilyn Pittman's solo performance about her parents' murder-suicide and its effect on her life. Through May 27. $18-$53. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.
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.
The Odyssey on Angel Island: Theatrical performance of Homer's Odyssey. Times and pricing does not include travel to the island. Fridays-Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Through July 1. $10-$40. Angel Island State Park, Tiburon, 435-1915.
A Raisin in the Sun: Classic play about three generations of an African-American family in Chicago determined to live their dreams. Through May 27. $10-$35. Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton (at Webster), 762-2071.
The San Francisco International Arts Festival: Festival bringing artists together from all over the world. Through May 20. Admission varies. Multiple Bay Area locations.
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.
Short Plays by Short People: Rotten Lunches & Bubblegum Punches: Professional adult actors perform works written by school-age children. Fri., May 11, 7 p.m. $10. Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St. (at York), 641-7657.
Some Thing: Art drag night with craft table. Fridays. $5. The Stud, 399 Ninth St. (at Harrison), 863-6623.
Tenderloin: A piece about the people and places in Cutting Ball Theater's neighborhood. Thursdays-Sundays. Through May 27. $10-$50. Exit Theatre on Taylor, 277 Taylor (at Ellis), 673-3847.
To Be Young, Gifted, and Black: The story of Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun. Scenes from her plays, letters, diaries, poems and personal reminiscences. Thursdays-Sundays. Through May 27. $10-$28. Gough Street Playhouse, 1620 Gough (at Bush).
Vote for Chicken: Sketches and improv based on audience suggestions from Chicken Scratch troupe. Fridays, Saturdays. Through May 12. $10-$15. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.
Waiting Period: Solo performance about depression by actor, playwright, author and talk show host Brian Copeland. Fridays, Saturdays. Through July 7. $20-$50. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.
The Wrong Dick: A fish salesman is wrongly accused of killing a pile of prostitutes he finds. Private eye Dick MacGuffin helps out. Thursdays-Saturdays. Through May 26. $20. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.
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