By Joseph Geha
By Jonathan Kiefer
By Katie Tandy
By Mollie McWilliams
By Jennifer Baires
By Jonathan Curiel
By Sherilyn Connelly
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.
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.
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: Slugs and Kicks is a comedy about actors, college, love, and other primeval phenomena. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; 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 Submission: By Jeff Talbott. An alcoholic black mother and her son try to get out of the projects. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Dec. 16. $25. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.
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. Free. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.).
The Velveteen Rabbit: ODC's long-running presentation of the classic. Narrated by Geoff Hoyle. Thu., Dec. 6, 2 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 7, 2 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 8, 1 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 9, 2 p.m. $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. Through Dec. 8. $35-$39. Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-4822.
Woyzeck: Based on true events. Woyzeck is a soldier suffering from the ravages of war. The hope of rekindled love with his sweetheart Marie, which sustained him in the trenches, begins to unravel as reality sets in upon his return. Created by Robert Wilson and Tom Waits. Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Jan. 13. $23-$35. Shotgun Players, 1901 Ashby (at Martin Luther King), Berkeley, (510) 841-6500.
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