By Joseph Geha
By Jonathan Kiefer
By Katie Tandy
By Mollie McWilliams
By Jennifer Baires
By Jonathan Curiel
By Sherilyn Connelly
"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.
Beyond Therapy: This comedy focuses on two Manhattanites who are seeking stable romantic relationships with the help of their psychiatrists. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Sept. 9. $15-$30. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.
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.
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.
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.
Harold Improv Theater: A "Harold" is long-form improv that starts with a one word suggestion. Sat., Sept. 8, 8 p.m. $8. Alcove Theater, 414 Mason (at Geary).
Invasion!: A play on Middle Eastern identity. Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Sept. 29. $15-$30. Boxcar Playhouse, 505 Natoma (at Sixth St.), 776-1747.
Kiss of the Spider Woman: Based on the banned novel by Manuel Puig. An intricate game of cat and mouse between two men forced to share a jail cell in a Latin America. Thursdays-Saturdays. Through Sept. 29. $20-$35. The Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason (at Post), 989-0023.
Kurt Weitzmann: Kurt Weitzmann performs stand-up comedy about historical San Francisco. Sundays, 7 p.m. Through Oct. 28. $20. Our Little Comedy Club Theater, 287 Ellis (at Taylor), 928-4060.
Lypsinka: "The Passion of the Crawford": John Epperson's drag performance about Joan Crawford and the perils of fame. Through Sept. 16. $35. The Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason (at O'Farrell), 394-1189.
Miss Julie: Craig Lucas' adaptation of August Strindberg's play on the relationship between an aristocrat and the valet. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through Sept. 8. $26-$38. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 855 Bush (at Taylor), 345-1287.
Monday Night Marsh: Musicians, actors, performance artists, and others take the stage at this regular staging of works in progress. Mondays. $7. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.
My Fair Lady: The famous Broadway musical is reinvented into a new production designed to fit the SF Playhouse Stage. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Sept. 15. $30-$70. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596.
The Play About the Baby: By Edward Albee: A young couple have a child — the perfect family — that is, until an older couple steal the baby. Thursdays-Sundays. Through Oct. 7. $15-$30. The Custom Made Theatre Co., 1620 Gough (at Austin), 798-2682.
Precious Little: A play about language and motherhood. Wednesdays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Through Sept. 9. $18-$25. The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby (at MLK Jr.), Berkeley, (510) 841-6500.
Rights of Passage: This world premiere play follows a gay Balinese Hindu — but its scope is LGBTs throughout the world. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Sept. 16. $25-$45. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.
S.F. Opera's Rigoletto: The 90th season opener of the San Francisco Opera. Starting Sept. 7. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays. Through Sept. 30. $22-$340. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-3330.
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.
Stalking Christopher Walken: A comic jaunt into the mind of renowned actor and cultural phenomenon. Part of Fringe Fest 2012. Through Sept. 15. $10. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.
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.).
To Be Merry: One woman comedy show. Sept. 6-Oct. 14. $10. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.
Tripping on the Tipping Point: A musical comedy about climate change. Starting Sept. 6. Thursdays-Saturdays. Through Sept. 28. $10-$20. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.).