By Joseph Geha
By Jonathan Kiefer
By Katie Tandy
By Mollie McWilliams
By Jennifer Baires
By Jonathan Curiel
By Sherilyn Connelly
4000 Miles: Conflict of the young and old when 21-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. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Feb. 10. $25-$70. American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), 415 Geary, San Francisco, 749-2228.
"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, San Francisco, 771-1616.
Beach Blanket Babylon: Steve Silver's musical revue spoofs pop culture with extravagant costumes. Wednesdays-Sundays. $25-$130. beachblanketbabylon.com. Club Fugazi, 678 Green, San Francisco, 421-4222.
The Business: A Comedy Show: Sketch and stand-up comedy. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. $5. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: A new interpretation of Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Feb. 17. $10-$35. Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton, San Francisco, 762-2071.
Cheesecake and Demerol: Follow Gene Gore along her journey as a dutiful wife and mother in a comfortable southern setting to nurse on the leading edge of the fight against AIDS to solo performer. Written and performed by Gene Gore. Wed., Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia St., San Francisco, 826-5750.
Dear Harvey: Marking the 35th anniversary of his assassination and as told by the people who knew him best, this is the recounting of the life and the lasting impact of groundbreaking queer activist and politician Harvey Milk. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Feb. 24. $25. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness, San Francisco, 861-8972.
A Doll's House: Feminism meets marriage in this controversial 19th-century drama. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Feb. 15. $20. https://tickets.act-sf.org. Hastings Studio, 77 Geary, San Francisco, 749-2228.
An Evening with Sam Shepard: A one-night-only benefit and performance, where Shepard will share excerpts from his plays and prose. Mon., Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m. $1,000. magictheatre.org/an-evening-with-sam-shepard. Magic Theatre, Fort Mason, Bldg. D, Marina & Buchanan, San Francisco, 441-8822.
Hot Mess: Sketch comedy. Starting Feb. 7. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 16. $15. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness, San Francisco, 861-8972.
I Maltagliati: An old woman stands in her kitchen cooking a pasta dish, I Maltagliati. During a morning she relives her life through songs. Feb. 7-9, 8 p.m. $20. Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St., San Francisco, 641-7657.
Jurassic Ark: A dark comedy about faith, pet dinosaurs, The Great Flood, and Hollywood. Starting Feb. 7. Thu., Feb. 7, 8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through March 16. $10-$25. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/308991. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy, San Francisco, 673-3847.
The Little Foxes: Story of an old southern family and their ambitious plan to bring their business into the international market. New play by Lillian Hellman, directed by Jennifer Welch. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 23. $20-$40. Tides Theatre, 533 Sutter St., San Francisco, 399-1322.
Made in China: An original musical by Nicholas Weinbach about a postman who must deliver a mysterious music box to an address that doesn't exist. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 23. $20. madeinchinamusical.wordpress.com. Bindlestiff Studio, 185 6th St., San Francisco, 255-0440.
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 St., San Francisco, 826-5750.
The Motherf**ker with the Hat: Jackie and Veronica have been in love since the eighth grade. Nothing can come between them. Except a hat. Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Directed by Bill English. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 17, 2 p.m. Continues through March 16. $25-$60. Post Street Theatre, 450 Post St, San Francisco, 321-2910.
Our Practical Heaven: Addresses the changing tides of communication, gender roles, and society against the notions of home and family. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through March 3. $32-$60. www.auroratheatre.org/our-practical-heaven. Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison, Berkeley, 510-843-4822.
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 apek, 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, San Francisco, 525-1205.
Se Llama Cristina: A young man and woman wake up in a strange room, and must piece together their past identities and relationship while constructing a new future and grappling with the possibility of being parents. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 7 p.m.; Wed., Feb. 13, 2:30 p.m. Continues through Feb. 12. $20-$80. Magic Theatre, Fort Mason, Bldg. D, Marina & Buchanan, San Francisco, 441-8822.
Secret Improv Society: Underground improvisational theater. Saturdays, 10 p.m. $15. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter, San Francisco, 433-3040.
SF Sketchfest at Stagewerx: Rooftop Comedy and SF Sketchfest Stand-Up Showcase. Saturdays, 8 & 10 p.m. Continues through Feb. 9. $15. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia St, San Francisco.
SF Sketchfest at the Darkroom: SF Sketchfest at the Darkroom! Fridays, 8 & 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 3, 8, 10 p.m. & midnight; Wed., Feb. 6, 8 p.m.; Thu., Feb. 7, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 9. $10-15. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987.
SF Sketchfest: Naked Human Giant Babies: An evening of all-star improv with a mashup of comedy out of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Sat., Feb. 9, 10:30 p.m. $30. www.sfsketchfest.com. Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter, San Francisco, 673-6672.
Shopping! The Musical: Songs and sketches about shopping. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. $23-$29. www.shoppingthemusical.com. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter, San Francisco, 433-3040.
Some Thing: Art drag night with craft table. Fridays. $5. The Stud, 399 Ninth St., San Francisco, 863-6623.
Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding: Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Fridays, 7 p.m. $88.50-$115.50. www.tonyandtinasanfrancisco.com. Imperial Palace, 818 Washington, San Francisco, 956-9888.
Waiting for Godot: An Absurdist play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters wait at the side of the road for the imminent arrival of Godot. Tuesdays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m.; Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Feb. 7, 1 p.m. Continues through Feb. 13. $36-$57. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller, Mill Valley, 388-5200.
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 St., San Francisco, 798-2682.
Wicked: Long before Dorothy arrived from Kansas, Wicked tells the story of how the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good came to be. Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 17. $45-$275. Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market, San Francisco, 551-2000.
The Wild Bride: What happens when your father accidentally sells you to the devil? Adapted and directed by Emma Rice. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through Feb. 17. $55-$89. Berkeley Repertory's Roda Stage, 2025 Addison, Berkeley, 510-647-2949.
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