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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.
Big City Improv: Actors take audience suggestions and create comedy from nothing. Fridays, 10 p.m. $15-$20. 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.
The Fifth Element: Live on Stage: A stage adaptation of the film. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Oct. 27. $20. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.
Fortunate Daughter: A one-dyke show by Thao Nguyen about the difference between coming out and coming home. Saturdays. Through Oct. 27. $20. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.).
The Ghost Sonata: The best known of August Strindberg's chamber plays. Through Oct. 21. $18-$50. The Cutting Ball Theater, 277 Taylor (at Ellis), 492-4700.
Honeycomb Zone: An interactive performance involving martial arts, acrobatics, modern jazz, flamenco, and theater. Tuesdays. Through Oct. 16. free. United Nations Plaza, Market (at Seventh St.), 674-9701.
An Iliad: A contemporary adaptation of Homer's classic, co-produced with La Jolla Playhouse. Tuesdays-Sundays. Through Nov. 18. $17-$57. Berkeley Repertory's Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley.
Jeff Greenwald's Strange Travel Suggestions: Improvised monologues, inspired by the vagaries of wanderlust, told by a world-traveling writer, performer, and photographer. Saturday, Oct. 13, 5 p.m. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.
Kurt Weitzmann: 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.
Love in the Time of Zombies: A rom-zom-com with brains. Through Oct. 30. Free-$5. Cafe Royale, 800 Post (at Leavenworth), 441-4099.
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 Other Place: Scientist Juliana Smithton unravels a personal, 15-year-old mystery. Tuesdays-Sundays. Through Oct. 14. $20-$30. Magic Theatre, Fort Mason, Bldg. D, Marina & Buchanan, 441-8822.
The Scotland Company: "The truth reveled of what Britain hid beneath the Scottish kilt." Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Through Oct. 27. $20-$30. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.
Secret Improv Society: Underground improvisational theater. Saturdays, 10 p.m. $15. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.
Shocktoberfest 13: The Bride of Death: An evening of horror and comedy from Thrillpeddlers. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Nov. 17. $25-$35. The Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (at Bryant), 377-4202.
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.
Speed the Plow: ATSF completes the Business Trilogy. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Nov. 10. $26-$38. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 855 Bush (at Taylor), 345-1287.
Stew and the Negro Problem: Rock concert with elements of theater. Sat., Oct. 13, 8 p.m. $30-$40. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California (at Presidio), 515-1233.
The Strange Case of Citizen de la Cruz: A political thriller by Luis Francia. Thursdays-Sundays. Through Oct. 13. $10-$20. Bindlestiff Studio, 185 Sixth St. (at Howard), 255-0440.
To Be Merry: One woman comedy show. Through Oct. 14. $10. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.
Topdog/Underdog: Lincoln and Booth are brothers ensnared in a dangerous sparring match fueled by their poverty, race, family history, and given names. Thursdays-Sundays. Through Oct. 21. $36-$57. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller (at Evergreen), Mill Valley, 388-5200.
Zombie Vixens From Hell: The Musical: A zombie-themed musical with a live band and state-of-the-art digital visual imagery. Thursdays-Saturdays. Through Nov. 3. $10-$25. The Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason (at Post), 989-0023.
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