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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. 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 S.F.-based company The Overcast Theatre, featuring image and video projections, audience interaction, experiments in movement and composition, and mask work. Through Dec. 22, 8 p.m. $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. 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. 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. 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. Through Dec. 30. $15-$20. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.)

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-Sundays. 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. 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. Through Dec. 23. $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. Friday-Saturdays. Through Dec. 29. $15-$50. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.

Leslie Jordan: Fruit Fly: Comedic gay monologues. Through Dec. 22. $40-$45. The Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason (at O'Farrell), 394-1189.

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.

The Marvelous Wondrettes: 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-Sundays. Through Jan. 13. $34-$46. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.

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). 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. Through Dec. 19. $15-$30. The Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida (at Mariposa), 292-1233.

Night Wakes Dawn/La Noche Despierta El Amanecer: Mission District youth and musical organization Loco Bloco draws inspiration from the Mayan prophecy of 2012, in a play written by Alma and Martin Herrera-Pazmiño. Sat., Dec. 22, 7 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 23, 2 p.m. $10-$20. Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St. (at York), 641-7657.

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.

Really Rosie: Rosie, a kid in Brooklyn, entertains herself and her friends by acting out showbiz fantasies. Saturdays-Sundays. Through Jan. 13. $10-$15. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.

The Santaland Diaries: Actor David Sinaiko brings David Sedaris' story of life as a Macy's elf to the stage. Through Dec. 29. $20-$35. Eureka Theatre Company, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469.

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