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All Hallow's Eve: Bowie-channeling theatrical glam madness with The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual and DJ Diamant. Wed., Oct. 31, 9 p.m. $7. Boxcar Theatre Studios, 125A Hyde (at Golden Gate).

"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.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: A musical about former president Andrew Jackson. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Nov. 24. $20-$30. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596.

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.

Carmelina (1979): West Coast Premiere, with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Burton Lane, and book by Lerner and Joseph Stein. Carmelina is the musical version of the film Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell, which is also the source of the hit Broadway musical, Mamma Mia!. Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Nov. 18. $21-$30. 42nd Street Moon, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 978-2787.

Circadelix: "Twisted Beats & Circus Feats," blending traditional circus disciplines such as clowning, juggling and aerial hoop with puppetry and hip-hop rhyming. Tue., Nov. 6, 8 p.m. $15. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.).

Clown Cabaret: Pi: the Physical Comedy Troupe and the Clown Conservatory perform circus arts. First Monday of every month. Climate Theater, 285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), 673-1374.

The Collection: A show with a secret plot, by magician Christian Cagigal. Through Oct. 31, 8 p.m. $20-$25. Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.

Democrazy Now!: Comedians Aundre the WonderWoman, Dan St. Paul, Karinda Dobbins, and Dhaya Lakshminarayanan (plus surprise guests) come together for a pre-election comedy show. Sun., Nov. 4, 7 p.m. $15. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.).

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.

Fabuloso: A domestic farce about marriage by John Kolvenbach, directed by Loretta M. Janca. Through Nov. 11. $25. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.).

The Grimaldis Are Dead: Theater, improv, and circus in a musical variety show. Through Nov. 3, 7:45 p.m. $75. Firehouse 8, 1648 Pacific (at Polk).

Halloween! The Ballad of Michele Myers: Live theater celebrating Halloween, slasher flicks, and musicals, with drag performer Raya Light. Wed., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. $20-$25. CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission (at Ninth St.), 626-2060.

The Hundred Flowers Project: A play-within-a-play by Christopher Chen, based on Mao Tse Tung's effect on the political and social world. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Nov. 17. $10-$35. The Thick House, 1695 18th St. (at Arkansas), 401-8081.

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.

The Kipling Hotel: Written and performed by Don Reed. After a failed stint as a stripper and gigolo, Reed ends up as a live-in waiter at a retirement hotel. Saturdays and Sundays. Through Dec. 8. $15-$35, $50 reserved seating. The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 704-8291.

The Lion King: A musical based on the Disney animated film, with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. Starting Nov. 1. Tuesdays-Sundays. Through Jan. 13. $32.50-$150. Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market (at Eighth St.), 551-2000.

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.

The Rainmaker: N. Richard Nash's classic play about faith, love, and magic in a time of crippling drought. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Dec. 22. $26-$38. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.

The Raven: A musical prequel to Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Through Nov. 4. $20-$40. Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St. (at Capp), 863-7576.

ReOrient 2012 Series A: Series of short plays by playwrights from Iraq, Iran, Egypt, England, and the U.S about the Middle East. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Through Nov. 18. $15-$20. Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa (at Florida), 621-7978.

Road Trip to Pluto: Sci-fi sketch comedy about kidnapped radio show host and the Public Radio Space Program's quest to bring him back. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Nov. 10. $15-$20. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.

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. 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.

Sophocles' Elektra: New interpretation of the Greek tragedy, featuring Olympia Dukakis as the Chorus Leader and original music by composer David Lang. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m. Through Nov. 18. $25-$110. American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228.

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