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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. 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.

Bell, Book, and Candle: A romantic Christmas Eve comedy from the '50s involving witches. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Jan. 19. $30-$70. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596.

Big City Improv: Actors take audience suggestions and create comedy from nothing. Fridays, 10 p.m. $15-$20. bigcityimprov.com. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.

Billy Connolly: The Man Live: The UK comedian performs stand-up. Through Dec. 1, 8 p.m. $60. Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter (at Mason), 673-6672.

The Book of Mormon: The first Broadway Musical by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of South Park. Tuesdays-Sundays. Through Dec. 30. varies. Curran Theatre, 445 Geary (at Taylor), 551-2000.

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.

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.

East 14th: Comedic theatrical performance by Don Reed. Proceeds benefit the 51Oakland charitable organization. Sun., Dec. 2, 7 p.m. $25. Yoshi's Jazz Club & Japanese Restaurant, 1330 Fillmore (at Eddy), 655-5600.

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play: Adapted from Frank Capra's 1940s cinematic classic, live and in color with five actors performing the voices of dozens of characters. Tuesdays-Sundays. Through Dec. 16. $36. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller (at Evergreen), Mill Valley, 388-5200.

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, Sundays. Through Dec. 8. $15-$35 (sliding scale), $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 of the same name with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. 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.) St., 826-5750.

"The New California": Apocalyptic sketch comedy by the female-driven group Foreplays. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Through Dec. 19. $15-$30. The Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida (at Mariposa), 292-1233.

Nick Swardson: The comedic film and TV actor performs stand-up. Dec. 3-5, 8 p.m. $30. Punch Line, 444 Battery (at Clay), 397-7573.

Pal Joey: Joey Evans, "Pal" Joey, the charming heel with big plans, is back to take Chicago for wild ride as he schemes to get to the top of the nightclub business. Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Dec. 16. $21-$75. Eureka Theatre Company, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469.

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.

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. shoppingthemusical.com. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.

Slugs and Kicks: A comedy about actors, college, love, and other primeval phenomena. Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Dec. 9. $10-$15. The Thick House, 1695 18th St. (at Arkansas), 401-8081.

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-Saturdays. Through Dec. 1. $15-$50. The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 704-8291.

The Submission: An alcoholic black mother and her son try to get out of the projects. Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Dec. 16. $25. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.

Superior Donuts: Comedy about an aging baby boomer who owns a donut shop and his young, dreamer employee. Thursdays-Sundays. Through Dec. 2. $15-$30. Gough Street Playhouse, 1620 Gough (at Bush).

Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding: Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m. $88.50-$115.50. tonyandtinasanfrancisco.com. Imperial Palace, 818 Washington (at Grant), 956-9888.

The Velveteen Rabbit: ODC's long-running presentation of the classic. Narrated by Geoff Hoyle. Thursdays-Sundays. Through Dec. 9. $15-$47. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787.

The White Snake: A classic romance from Chinese legend, from Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman. Tuesdays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, Sundays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. 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. Through Dec. 4. $35-$39. Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-4822.

Woyzeck: Based on true events. A soldier, suffering from the ravages of war, hopes to rekindle love with his sweetheart, but reality begins to unravel that hope upon his return. Created by Robert Wilson and Tom Waits. Starting Nov. 29. Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Jan. 13. $23-$35. Shotgun Players, 1901 Ashby (at Martin Luther King), Berkeley, (510) 841-6500.

 
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