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3Girls Squared: 3Girls Theatre Company presents an evening of nine original 10-minute holiday-themed plays. Continues through Dec. 15. $25-$30. The Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason (at Post), 989-0023.
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. Through Dec. 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.
The Bald Soprano: The first production by new SF-based company The Overcast Theatre, featuring image and video projections, audience interaction, experiments in movement and composition, and mask work. Through Dec. 22. $5-$12. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.
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. Continues through Jan. 19. $30-$70. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596.
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. Continues 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. Continues through Dec. 20. $35-$170. American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228.
Cinderella: The season opener for the African-American Shakespeare Company. Continues through Dec. 23. $10-$35. Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton (at Webster), 762-2071.
Crones for the Holidays: A sketch comedy and improv show about Christmas, with Terry Baum and Carolyn Myers. Saturdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30. $15-$20. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.)
Franc D'Ambrosio and Jeri Sager: Together Again ... for the First Time: Phantom of the Opera performer Franc D'Ambrosio performs with Jeri Sager. Through Dec. 15. $30-$40. The Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason (at O'Farrell), 394-1189.
Dylan Moran Yeah Yeah: Sarcastic and unique comedy from Dylan Moran, considered one of the foremost comics of his generation. Dec. 14-15, 8 p.m. $35. Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter (at Mason), 673-6672.
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. Continues 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-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30. $30. Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St. (at Capp), 863-7576.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch: From East Berlin to Junction City, Hedwig follows her ex-lover's touring rock show. With new songs added ("In Your Arms Tonight") and a new take on the new take, this remount production makes an even edgier interactive experience for the audience. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 26. $25-$35. Boxcar Playhouse, 505 Natoma (at Sixth St.), 776-1747.
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. Continues through Dec. 16. $36. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller (at Evergreen), Mill Valley, 388-5200.
The Jewelry Box: A Genuine Christmas Story: Young Brian heads to the streets of Oakland to buy his mom a Christmas present. A heartwarming and family-friendly holiday story, written and performed by Brian Copeland. Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 29. $15-$50. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.
Leslie Jordan: Fruit Fly: Comedic, gay monologues. Dec. 18-21, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 22, 7 & 9:30 p.m. $40-$45. The Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason (at O'Farrell), 394-1189.
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. Continues through Dec. 16. $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. Continues through Jan. 13. $32.50-$150. Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market (at Eighth St.), 551-2000.
Marsh Holiday Performance Bash: The Marsh holiday party featuring holiday tales and carols by Marsh all-star performers, also seasonally themed cocktails and cookies. Sat., Dec. 15, 7 p.m. $20-50. The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 704-8291.
The Marvelous Wondrettes: The hit off-Broadway musical comedy 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-Sundays. Continues 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. Continues through Dec. 15. $15. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.
Miracle at the Gas 'n' Gulp: A holiday-themed evening of comedic storytelling from truck stop diner hostess Cora Values (the drag alter-ego of playwright/performer Sean Owens). Tue., Dec. 18, 8 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 19, 8 p.m. $15-$20. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.)
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. Continues through Dec. 19. $15-$30. The Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida (at Mariposa), 292-1233.
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. Continues through Dec. 16. $21-$75. Eureka Theatre Company, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469.
Previously Secret Information: In the words of the organizers: "Great stories, told well, with just the right amount of lies." We'll add: "Told by comedians, a lot of the time." Third Sunday of every month, 7 p.m. $10. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.)
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.
Scrooge: The Haunting of Ebenezer: Boxcar Theatre's re-imagining of Dickens' classic holiday tale, performed solo by Jeff Garrett. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30. $16. Boxcar Theatre Studios, 125A Hyde (at Golden Gate).
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.
Some Thing: Art drag night with craft table. Fridays. $5. The Stud, 399 Ninth St. (at Harrison), 863-6623.
The Submission: Jeff Talbott's play about an alcoholic black mother and her son trying to get out of the projects. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 16. $25. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.
Wavy Gravy and His Guided Mistletoes: Wavy Gravy recounts his life and times, with at least some reference to the holidays. All performances will benefit Seva Foundation and Camp Winnarainbow. Dec. 13-22. $15-$50. The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 704-8291.
The White Snake: A classic romance based on Chinese legend, from Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 23. $31-$75. Berkeley Repertory's Roda Stage, 2025 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 647-2949.
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. Continues through Jan. 13. $23-$35. Shotgun Players, 1901 Ashby (at Martin Luther King), Berkeley, (510) 841-6500.
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