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A Minor Cycle: Five Little Plays in One Starry Night.: A collaboration between playwright Greg Giovanni and Theater of Yugen presenting five short plays influenced by classical Japanese dramatic forms. Dec. 11-30. $10-$30. NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa (at Florida).

"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.

Bitchslap!: Female comedy. Every other Friday, 8:30 p.m. Through Dec. 21. $10. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.

The Book of Mormon: The story of two young Mormons who go on a mission to Uganda, written by the creators of South Park. Tuesdays-Sundays. Through Dec. 30. $29-$300. 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.

A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens' holiday classic, adapted by Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh. Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Dec. 20. $35-$170. American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228.

Cinderella: The season opener for the African-American Shakespeare Company. Dec. 8-23. $10-$35. Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton (at Webster), 762-2071.

Die, oh! Nice, us!: A staged reading of new work by Lily Janiak. Part of the San Francisco Olympians Festival. Wed., Dec. 5, 8 p.m. $10. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.

FORKING II: A Merry FORKING! Christmas: A Christmas play where the audience has nine chances to vote on how the play will proceed. Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Through Dec. 30. The Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida (at Mariposa), 292-1233.

The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes: Full episodes of The Golden Girls TV show performed live by drag queens. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St. (at Capp), 863-7576.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch: A trans punk rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the ex-boyfriend/bandmate who stole her songs. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through Jan. 26. $20-$35. Boxcar Playhouse, 505 Natoma (at Sixth St.), 776-1747.

HellaFunny: A stand-up comedy showcase featuring local up and coming talent in the Bay Area, produced by Stroy Moyd. Sat., Dec. 8; Wednesdays; Wednesdays. Through Feb. 23. $20. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia St.

Help is on the Way for the Holidays XI: The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation (REAF) Arts/AIDS organization hosts the Bay Area's largest annual AIDS benefit concert, this year featuring the casts of Book of Mormon and Disney's The Lion King. Mon., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. $40-60. Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter (at Mason), 673-6672.

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. Sundays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. 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, with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. Tuesdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Through Jan. 13. $32.50-$150. Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market (at Eighth St.), 551-2000.

The Marvelous Wonderettes: The hit off-Broadway comedy/musical takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the Wonderettes, four girls with big hopes and dreams, featuring classic '50s and '60s songs. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Jan. 13. $34-$46. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!: Adapted from the seminal Christmas special by Charles M. Schultz. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Dec. 15. $15. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.

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 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. Through Dec. 5, 8 p.m. $30. Punch Line, 444 Battery (at Clay), 397-7573.

Pal Joey: Joey Evans, 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.

Selected Shorts: The public radio series and podcast is back at Berkeley Rep with a program of holiday tales. Sat., Dec. 8, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 9, 2 & 7 p.m. $35. Berkeley Repertory's Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley.

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