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4,000 Miles: Twenty-one-year-old Leo arrives on his 91-year-old grandmother's doorstep after a cross-country bicycle trip. Discounted admission and free bike valet by SFBC on select dates. Jan. 17.-Feb. 10. $25-$70. American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), 415 Geary, 749-2228.

Anything Goes: When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 3. $60. anythinggoesthemusical.com. Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor, 551-2000.

"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, 771-1616.

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Beach Blanket Babylon: Steve Silver's musical revue spoofs pop culture with extravagant costumes. Wednesdays-Sundays. $25-$130. beachblanketbabylon.com. Club Fugazi, 678 Green, 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, 450 Post, 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, 433-3040.

The Business: A Comedy Show: Sketch and stand-up comedy. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. $5. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission, 401-7987.

Dear Harvey: A recounting of the life and the lasting impact of groundbreaking queer activist and politician Harvey Milk on the 35th anniversary of his assassination, as told by the people who knew him best. Jan. 18-Feb. 24. $25. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness, 861-8972.

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical: A musical on '60s counter-culture, directed by Christopher Chase. Through Jan. 20, 8 p.m. $15-$40. Bindlestiff Studio, 185 Sixth St., 255-0440.

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, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 26. $25-$35. Boxcar Playhouse, 505 Natoma, 776-1747.

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

The Listener: A cycle of five comic stories presented in two parts. Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 27. $15-$35. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia, 826-5750.

The Little Foxes: A ew play by Lillian Hellman, directed by Jennifer Welch, tells the story of an old Southern family and their ambitious plan to bring their business into the international market. . Starting Jan. 18. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 23. $20-$40. Tides Theatre, 533 Sutter, 399-1322.

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, 826-5750.

Poets Theater: Two nights of experimental theater, featuring 18 new works by avant-garde writers. Fri., Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. $20. CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission, 626-2060.

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.

Risk Is This: The Cutting Ball New Experimental Plays Festival: This year's festival features three new works and two new "Risk Translations" in staged readings. Superheroes, written and directed by Sean San José; Ubu Roi, by Alfred Jarry and directed by Yuri Urnov; Insect Play, by Josef and Karl Capek, directed by Rob Melrose; Passing, by Dipika Guha; and Sidewinders, by Basil Kreimendahl. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 9. $20-$50. The Cutting Ball Theater, 277 Taylor, 525-1205.

Secret Improv Society: Underground improvisational theater. Saturdays, 10 p.m. $15. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter, 433-3040.

Shopping! The Musical: Songs and sketches about shopping. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. $23-$29. shoppingthemusical.com. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter, 433-3040.

Some Thing: Art drag night with craft table. Fridays. $5. The Stud, 399 Ninth St., 863-6623.

The 13th Annual Edwardian Ball and World Faire: A tribute to the 1900s and Edward Gorey, with theatrical entertainment, nightlife, oddities, music, and more. Fri., Jan. 18; Sat., Jan. 19. $30-$85. edwardianball.com. The Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter, 673-5716.

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

Troublemaker, or The Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright: A new comedy by playwright Dan LeFranc, set in working class Rhode Island, follows the exploits of Bradley Boatright and his best friend mixing it up with their rich-kid middle-school nemeses. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 1. $14.50-$48. Berkeley Repertory's Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison, Berkeley.

The Waiting Period: New solo show by Brian Copeland, about the mandatory 10-day waiting period before he could acquire the purchased gun with which he planned to take his own life. Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 26. $25-$50. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia, 826-5750.

Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them: A comedy about a woman in crisis with her absurd family. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Feb. 10. $15-$30. The Custom Made Theatre Co., 1620 Gough, 798-2682.

 
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