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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. 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. 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.

The Santaland Diaries: David Sinaiko performs in David Sedaris' classic Christmas tale of working as a holiday elf at Macy's. Adapted to the stage by Joe Mantello. Dec. 19-23, 8 p.m.; Mon., Dec. 24, 3 p.m.; Dec. 26-29, 8 p.m. $20-$35. Eureka Theatre Company, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469.

Scrooge: The Haunting of Ebenezer: Boxcar Theatre's re-imagining of Dickens' classic holiday tale, performed solo by Jeff Garrett. Wednesdays-Sundays. 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.

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

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. Thursdays-Sundays. Through Dec. 22. $15-$50. The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 704-8291.

The White Snake: A classic romance of Chinese legend, from Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman. Tuesdays-Sundays. Through Dec. 30. $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 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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