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Another Way Home: While visiting their son at summer sleepaway camp, middle-aged Jewish parents are compelled to question everything they thought they understood about their children, their marriage, and their true desires. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 2. $20-$30. 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.
Bitchslap!: Female comedy at the EXIT Cafe. Every other Friday, 8:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21. $10. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: A musical about the president. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues 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. Continues through Nov. 18. $21-$30. 42nd Street Moon, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 978-2787.
Closer: Four lives intertwine in this densely plotted look at modern love and betrayal. Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 17, 2 p.m. Continues through Nov. 17. $20. Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.
Cordelia: An abstraction of Shakespeare's King Lear from the point of view of Lear's exiled youngest daughter. Nov. 11-15, 7 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 16, 2 p.m.; Nov. 17-18, 10 a.m. $18-$27. Theatre of Yugen, 2840 Mariposa (at Alabama), 621-7978.
Dr. Zebrovski's Hour of Power: Kevin Seaman entertains as Dr. Zebrovski, a dance psychic. Fri., Nov. 9, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 10, 8 p.m. $9.99-$19.99. The Garage, 715 Bryant (at Fifth St.), 885-4006.
Fabuloso: A domestic farce about marriage by John Kolvenbach, directed by Loretta M. Janca. Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m. Continues through Nov. 11. $25. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.)
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. Continues 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-production with La Jolla Playhouse. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 18. $17-$57. berkeleyrep.org. 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. Sundays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 8. $15-$35 (sliding scale), $50 reserved seating. The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 704-8291.
Le Pere Noel est une Ordure: A cult classic performed in French with no subtitles. Starting Nov. 9. Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 11, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 17. $18. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.
The Lion King: A musical based on the Disney animated film of the same name with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues 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. Continues through Dec. 22. $26-$38. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.
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. Continues 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. Continues 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. Continues 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. 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.
The Songbird of Paris, Edith Piaf: A one-act play written by Martha Furey and performed a capella by Joni Takanikos. Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 1. $15-$50. The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 704-8291.
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. Continues through Nov. 18. $25-$110. American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228.
Speed the Plow: ATSF completes the Business Trilogy. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 10. $26-$38. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 855 Bush (at Taylor), 345-1287.
Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep: Celebrating the centennial of August Strindberg's death, includes: The Ghost Sonata, The Pelican, The Black Glove, Storm, and Burned House.. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 18. $10-$75. The Cutting Ball Theater, 277 Taylor (at Ellis), 525-1205.
The Submission: By Jeff Talbott: about an alcoholic black mother and her son trying to get out of the projects. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 16. $25. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.
Sunset Baby: A former Black Revolutionary and political prisoner reaches out to his daughter shortly after her mother’s passing with hopes of reuniting and burying the wounds of the past. Part of the Rough Readings series. Tue., Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Free. playwrightsfoundation.org. The Costume Shop, 1117 Market (at Seventh St.).
Superior Donuts: Comedy about an aging baby boomer who owns a donut shop and his young, dreamer employee. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 2. $15-$30. Gough Street Playhouse, 1620 Gough (at Bush).
The Election: Part of Hand to Mouth: a monthly, topic-based comedy show where each edition explores a specific social or political issue. Fri., Nov. 9, 10 p.m. $5-$10. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.
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. Continues through Dec. 5. free. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.)
[untitled] Reality Project: A group of teens audition for a new reality television show, offering a behind-the-scenes look at media sensationalism. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 10. $15. Hastings Studio, 77 Geary (at Grant), 749-2228.
The White Snake: A classic romance based on Chinese legend, from Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman. Starting Nov. 9. Tuesdays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, Sundays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23. $31-$75. Berkeley Repertory's Roda Stage, 2025 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, 510-647-2949.
Wilder Times: A collection of one-act plays by Thornton Wilder, including: Infancy, Childhood, The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden, and The Long Christmas Dinner, Wilder's most famous short work. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays; Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 4. $35-$39. Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-4822.
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