Stage listings are compiled by Molly Freedenberg. Performance times may change; call venues to confirm. Reviewers are Robert Avila, Rita Felciano, and Nicole Gluckstern. Submit items for the listings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bald Soprano Cutting Ball Theater, Exit, 27 Taylor; (800) 838-3006, cuttingball.com. $15-$30. Previews Fri/23-Sat/24, 8pm; Sun/25, 5pm. Opens Oct 29. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 5pm. Through Nov 22.Cutting Ball Theater opens its 10th season with Eugene Ionesco's comic masterpiece.
Barbarella Stage Werx, 533 Sutter; stagewerx.org. $20-$25. Opens Thurs/22, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through Nov 7. From the producers of this year's smash hit "Stale Magnolias" comes another trio of deadly B-movies brought to life by an intrepid acting ensemble.
The Creature Thick House, 1695 18th St; 401-8081, thickhouse.org. Previews Fri/23-Sat/24, 8pm. Opens Sun/25, 7pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. Black Box Theatre presents a one-of-a-kind Halloween experience with the world premiere of Trevor Allen's story based on Mary Shelley's classic novel.
New Works at The Marines Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter; marinesmemorialtheatre.com. $20-$35. Previews Mon/19 through Nov 3. Runs Mon-Tues. Check website for times. Roxanne Goodfellow kicks off this new series with Rick Reynolds' Love, God, Sex (and other stuff I don't have).
November American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary; 749-2228, www.act-sf.org. 749-2228, www.act-sf.org. $10-$82. Previews Fri/23, 8pm; Sat/24, 2 and 8pm; Sun/25, 7pm; and Tues/27, 8pm. Runs Tues-Sat, 8pm; Sat-Sun, 2pm. Through Nov 15. American Conservatory Theater presents the West Coast premiere of David Mamet's fiendishly funny, over-the-top new comedy.
Theatre of the Battle Off-Market Theaters, 965 Mission. $15. Opens Sun/25, 4:30pm. Runs Sun, 4:30pm. Through Nov 16. Zoe Sheli Sameth premieres her solo show about being caught in the beginnings of the 26-year Sri Lankan civil war.
The Woman in Black Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason; www.phoenixtheatresf.org. $15-$25. Opens Fri/23, 8pm. Runs Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through Nov 8. This winter thriller by Stephen Mallatrat is the bone-chilling, insidiously eerie story of a solicitor sent to a remote home on England's bleak East Coast.
Tilted Frame Off-Market Theaters, 965 Mission; www.tiltedframe.com. $10. Previews Thurs/22, 8pm. Runs Thurs, 8pm. Through Nov 19. Tilted Frame brings together its two companies to perform a show for two cities at the same time.
As It Is In Heaven Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 649-5999, www.aeofberkeley.org. $12-$15. Opens Fri/23, 8pm. Runs Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through Nov 21. Jeremy Cole directs this show featuring a capella singing from its cast of nine women portraying an 1838 Shaker village.
Blastosphere! The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant, Berk; (510) 558-1381, centralworks.org. $14-$25. Previews Fri/23, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 5pm. Through Nov 22. Central Works presents a new comedy about the biological imperative.
Tiny Kushner Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison, Berk; (510) 647-2949, berkeleyrep.org. $27-$71. Opens Wed/21. Runs Tues and Fri, 8pm; Wed, 7pm; Thurs and Sat, 2 and 8pm; Sun, 2 and 7pm. Through Nov 29. Berkeley Rep presents the West Coast premiere of Tony Kushner's series of short scripts.
The Abduction from the Seraglio War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness; 864-3330, sfopera.com. $15-$310. Fri/23, 8pm. The SF Opera presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's sparkling comedy.
Burning Opera: How to Survive the Apocalypse Teatro Zinzanni, Pier 29; www.burningopera.com. Mon/19-Wed/21, 6:30pm. $35-$45/individual, $250-$300/table. It's hard enough to describe an event as personal, massive, contradictory, multi-faceted, and ever-changing as Burning Man, much less distill it down into a musical, but the geniuses behind this aspiring roadshow have done the damn near impossible.
The Clean House Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton; (510) 420-0813, www.womanswill.org. $15-$25. Fri/23-Sat/24, 8pm. Woman's Will performs Sarah Ruhl's touching and absurd play.
*East 14th Marsh, 1062 Valencia; 1-800-838-3006, www.themarsh.org. $20-35. Fri, 9pm; Sat, 8:30pm. Through Nov 14. Don Reed's solo play, making its local premiere at the Marsh after an acclaimed New York run, is truly a welcome homecoming twice over. It returns the Bay Area native to the place of his vibrant, physically dynamic, consistently hilarious coming-of-age story, set in 1970s Oakland between two poles of East 14th Street's African American neighborhood: one defined by his mother's strict ass-whooping home, dominated by his uptight Jehovah's Witness stepfather; the other by his biological father's madcap but utterly non-judgmental party house. The lattershared by two stepbrothers, one a player and the other flamboyantly gay, under a pimped-out, bighearted patriarch whose only rule is "be yourself"becomes the teenage Reed's refuge from a boyhood bereft of Christmas and filled with weekend door-to-door proselytizing. Still, much about the facts of life in the ghetto initially eludes the hormonal and naïve young Reed, including his own flamboyant, ever-flush father's occupation: "I just thought he was really into hats." But dadalong with each of the characters Reed deftly incarnates in this very engaging, loving but never hokey tributehas something to teach the talented kid whose excellence in speech and writing at school marked him out, correctly, as a future "somebody." (Avila)
Eccentrics of San Francisco's Barbary Coast: A Magical Escapade San Francisco Magic Parlor, Chancellor Hotel Union Square, 433 Powell; 1-800-838-3006. $30. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Ongoing. This show celebrates real-life characters from San Francisco's colorful and notorious past.
*First Day of School SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter; sfplayhouse.org. Check Website for dates and prices. Through November. Good sex comedy should surprise you with how long it can keep its premise up and satisfying. By that measure, Billy Aronson's new farce, First Day of School, is a humdinger. But it gets A's in other departments too, like playing well with others, and having something interesting to say when the panting stops. SF Playhouse's world premiere packs a very solid, comically lithesome bunch of actors on its intimate middle-class, middle age, middle school sofa, where unexpectedly open-minded married couple Susan (Zehra Berkman) and David (Bill English) have forthrightly invited some fellow parents home for some "other people" action on the first day of schoolthe only calendar day not completely scheduled, managed, harried and over-determined in anyone's modern suburban calendar. Susan has asked Peter (Jackson Davis), instantly reducing him to a quivering bowl of horny and guilt-laden jello, while good-natured hubby David has coaxed an equally neurotic lawyer-mom, Alice (Stacy Ross), over to his son's room down the hall. David is temporarily flummoxed, however, by the social challenge of having his first choice, the vivaciously self-righteous Kim (Marcia Pizzo), change her mind and show up after all. Parents today&ldots; It's all winningly helmed by Chris Smith, whose last effort with SF Playhouse, Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party, was another world premiere with inspiration extending well beyond the title. (Avila)
Goldfish Magic Theatre, Bldg D, Fort Mason Ctr; 441-8822, www.magictheatre.org. $25-$45. Oct 29 and Nov 5, 8pm; Oct 23-24, 30-31, and Nov 6, 6:30pm; Oct 25, Nov 1 and 3, 7pm; Nov 1 and 8, 2:30pm. Through Nov 8. Magic Theater's 43rd season opens with the sporadically effective comedy-drama Goldfish, first of two back-to-back plays from John Kolvenbach, whose companion-piece, Mrs. Whitney, runs with Goldfish in repertory beginning October 21. Under direction of Magic's Loretta Greco, Goldfish's first hour zips through the story of a smart but awkward young man (Andrew Pastides) with working-class roots who makes it into an ivy league university only by assuming a precociously parental role vis-à-vis his relatively young but troubled single father (Rod Gnapp), hobbled by a serious gambling addiction. In school, his hermetic study habits attract the attention of an attractive but equally oddball peer (Anna Bullard), whose mother, Mrs. Whitney (Patricia Hodges)emphasis on witis herself a single parent, embittered in love, and ever ready with a scathing mid-morning cigarette-and-cocktail remark. The young couple seeks success where their parents so clearly failed, but their parental relationships get in the way. The majority of this plot unfolds pretty tediously, with the artificial tonalities, breezy pacing and rimshot blackouts of a sitcom. But then something interesting starts to happen: The son and father grow deeper and more intriguingaided in no small way by two very fine performances from Gnapp and Pastides. It's not even too little too late, since one leaves moved rather than exhausted, and genuinely curious to see what will happen with Mrs. Whitney. (Avila)
The Heidi Chronicles Next Stage, 1620 Gough; (800) 838-3006, custommade.org. $10-$28. Thurs/22-Sat/24, 8pm. Custom Made presents this Pulitzer Prize winning comedy.
Her Naked Skin Zeum Theater, Yerba Buena Gardens; 749-2228, www.act-sf.org. $15-$20. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through Oct 31. The American Conservatory Theater Master of Fine Arts Program presents Rebecca Lenkiewicz's new play.
Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dionysus Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, 1519 Mission; www.trixxiecarr.com. $15. Thurs/22-Sat/24, 8pm. Mama Calizo's presents Ben Randle's original play starring Trixxie Carr.
Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical Southside Theatre, Fort Mason Center; www.jericaproductions.com. $25-$35. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through Oct 25. The Royal Underground Theatre Company and jerica Productions present the smash-hit Broadway musical.
Not a Genuine Black Man Off Market Theaters, Studio250 stage, 965 Mission; (800) 838-3006, www.briancopeland.com. $25. Fri, 8pm; Sat, 5pm. Through Nov 21. Off Market Theaters presents Brian Copeland's solo show about a little-known chapter of Bay Area history.
I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I'm Afraid to Tell You Off Market Theaters, 965 Mission; www.ihearthamas.com. $20. Thurs and Sat, 8pm. Through Nov 21. The critically acclaimed one-woman show on life as a Palestinian-American premieres at Off Market.
Meet the Samsas Boxcar Theatre, 505 Natoma; (800) 838-3006. $20-$30. Wed/21-Sat/24, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. The monstrous desire for fame at all costs has carved out a comfortable niche in the reality television genre, where has-beens and never-will-bes compete for ratings, cash prizes, and the ultimate last word in a world as far removed from actual reality as any other television series. In Meet the Samsas, monstrosity takes the unexpected form of a gigantic bug, formerly eldest son and sad-sack Gordon, and expresses itself through the unsympathetic reactions of his erstwhile family, who can only come to terms with his transformation by discussing it in terms of the potential ratings his presence will command on their struggling reality show, in danger of being cut by the network for not competing strongly enough with The Joneses. It's a familiar premise, based on Franz Kafka's The Metamorphasis, but the performance is surprisingly nuanced, especially considering the performers are marionettes with ungainly papier-mache heads and an unseen director (Brian Hansen), who barks ever more ludicrous demands at his hapless cast and crew, all in the name of "good television." As a beleaguered Mrs. Samsa undergoes a parallel transformation, balking against the encroaching dehumanization her captive family is undergoing beneath the pitiless lens of the cameras, the equally captive audience can't help but to root for her to emerge victorious. (Nicole Gluckstern)
Through October 24. (Gluckstern)
Oleanna Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa; (866) 811-41111, www.oleannasf.com. $10. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through Nov 21. Expression Productions presents David Mamet's intelligent, subtle, thought-provoking story.
Pearls Over Shanghai Hypnodrome, 575 Tenth St.; 1-800-838-3006, www.thrillpeddlers.com. $30-69. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. Through Nov 22. Thrillpeddlers presents this revival of the legendary Cockettes' 1970 musical extravaganza.
Rabbi Sam The Marsh, 1062 Valencia; (800) 838-3006, www.themarsh.org. $25-$50. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. Through Nov 22. Charlie Varons' runaway hit show returns to the Marsh.
*Rent Golden Gate Theatre; 512-7770, www.shnsf.com. Wed-Fri, 7:30pm; Sat, 1 and 7:30pm; Sun, 1 and 6pm. $25-$68. La Bohème set in Lower East Side Manhattan is a thumbnail description, but Rent has really only a tiny Puccini and a lot of Jonathan Larson, creator of the seminal rock musical of late-90s angst. The touring Broadway revival currentlybut only brieflyensconced at the Curran as part of SHN's Best of Broadway series, features key members of the original cast, including Anthony Rapp as Mark, Adam Pascal as Roger, and Gwen Stewart as Mrs. Jefferson. Flanked by extremely talented colleagues in the rest of the roles, they seem as limber and fresh as ever. In fact, if you tend to think of Rent as so last millennium, this production may change your mind. The play and songs hold up surprisingly well despite some inevitable signs of aging, while the production, and not least its exceptional cast, soars to the heights of its potential. (Avila)
Salome War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness; 864-3330, www.sfopera.com. $15-$310. Oct 21, 7:30pm; Oct 24, 27, and 30, 8pm; Nov 2, 2pm. San Francisco Opera presents Richard Strauss' biblical drama.
Shanghai San Francisco One Telegraph Hill; 1-877-384-7843, www.shanghaisanfrancisco.com. $40. Sat, 1pm. Ongoing. To be Shanghaied: "to be kidnapped for compulsory service aboard a ship&ldots;to be induced or compelled to do something, especially by fraud or force". Once the scene of many an "involuntary" job interview, San Francisco's Barbary Coast is now the staging ground for Shanghai San Francisco, a performance piece slash improv slash scavenger hunt through the still-beating hearts of North Beach and Chinatown, to the edge of the Tendernob. Beginning at the base of Coit Tower, participants meet the first of several characters who set up the action and dispense clues, before sending the audience off on a self-paced jaunt through the aforementioned neighborhoods, induced and compelled (though not by force) to search for a kidnapped member of the revived San Francisco Committee of Vigilance. It's a fine notion and a fun stroll on a sunny afternoon, but ultimately succeeds far better as a walking tour than as theatre. Because the actors are spread rather thinly on the ground, they're unable to take better advantage of their superior vantage by stalking groups a little more closely, staging distractions along the way, and generally engaging the audience as such a little more frequently. But since Shanghai San Francisco is a constantly evolving project, maybe next time they'll do just that. (Gluckstern)
So Many Ways to Kill A Man Metal Shop Theatre, 2425 Stuart, Berk; (800) 838-3006, www.raggedwing.org. $15-$30. Thurs/22-Sat/24, 8pm. The title of Ragged Wing Ensemble's new show, a retelling of the Oresteia, refers as much to the myriad ways of riffing on Aeschylus's text (and there have been several riffs among local companies of late) as to the bloody debauch in the House of Atreus, where King Agamemnon (Keith Davis) returns to Argos from ten years of war in Troy, with rescued Trojan doom-seer Cassandra in tow (Anna Shneiderman), only to meet his death at the hands of his vengeful queen, Clytemnestra (Amy Sass). That episode leads to more revenge in the next generation, as the queen's children Orestes (Davis) and Elektra (Shneiderman), decked out here as a Hawaiian-shirted gambling addict and New Wave punk, respectively, plot to kill their mother as third child Chrysothemis (Sass) sits this one out, if loquaciously. Rather swift at 75 minutes, RWE's version has its moments but nevertheless suffers from a certain listlessness born of an imbalance between comedy (including a fairly funny puppet-chorus of three townsfolk), song (passable original ones by Shneiderman), and headier drama (which here never finds room to really breathe). (Avila)
The Stop Hating Imagination Time (S.H.I.T.) Show Studio 250 at Off Market; www.painofight.com. $20. Fri/23-Sat/24, 8pm. PianoFight's riotous sketch comedy act pulls out all the stops for this multimedia premiere.
Shocktoberfest Hypnodrome Theatre, 575 10th St; (800) 838-3006, thrillpeddlers.com. $25-$69. Thurs-Fri, 8pm. Through Nov 20. Thrillpeddlers announces their signature Halloween show.
Sunday Will Come Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia; 626-2787 x109, www.theintersection.org. $15-$25. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through Nov 7. Intersection for the Arts presents the world premiere of a new performance piece by Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project and Campo Santo.
Tales from the Dark Room: Season II Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission; 401-7987, darkroomsf.com. $20. Fri/23-Sat/24, 8pm. The Dark Room Theater presents a celebration of the witching hour with a Halloween trick and treat.
Under the Gypsy Moon Teatro ZinZanni, Pier 29; 438-2668, www.zinzanni.org. $117-$145. Wed-Sat, 6pm; Sun, 5pm. Through Jan 1. Teatro ZinZanni presents a bewitching evening of European cabaret, cirque, theatrical spectacle, and original live music, blended with a five-course gourmet dinner.
The Who's Tommy Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St; www.roltheatre.com. $25-$36. Fri, 8pm. Through Nov 7. Ray of Light Theatre presents the Tony award-winning musical.
Wicked Orpheum Theatre, 1182 Market; 512-7770, www.shnsf.com. $30-$99. Tues, 8pm; Wed, 2pm; Thurs-Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2 and 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Ongoing. Assuming you don't mind the music, which is too TV-themesounding in general for me, or the rather gaudy décor, spectacle rules the stage as ever, supported by sharp performances from a winning cast. (Avila)
Zombie: A New Musical EXIT Theatre Stage Left, 156 Eddy; 913-7272, www.zombiemusicalsf.com. $25. Thurs-Sat, through Oct 31. With a score solidly rooted in hard rock and metal, the brainchild of Anthony R. Miller and Brendan West captures the traditional horror aesthetic.
Zombie Town EXIT Theatre Stage Left, 156 Eddy; 913-7272, www.sleepwalkerstheatre.com. $14-$20. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through Nov 7. Sleepwalkers Theatre presents the premiere of this horror-comedy from Tim Bauer.
American Idiot Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison, Berk; (510) 647-2949, www.berkeleyrep.org. $16-$95. Tues-Sun, check website for times. Through Nov 15. Michael Mayer directs this new show uniting the searing songs of Green Day with the director of Spring Awakening.
Stones in his Pockets Fox Oakland, 19th Street; www.theatrefirst.com. $25-$30. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through Nov 8. TheatreFIRST opens its season with a hilarious comedy about what happens when an American film crew descends on an Irish village.
"10 Women Campaign: Bridge Builders" ODC Commons, Studio B, 351 Shotwell; 863-9834, flyawayproductions.com. Sat, 6:30pm. $20-$50. Flywaway Productions presents this show honoring the vision and commitment of 10 extraordinary women who have built critically important bridges in our communities.
Alonzo King Lines Ballet Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard; 978-2787, linesballet.org. Oct 23, 7pm; Oct 24, 28, 29, 30, and 31, 8pm; Oct 25 and Nov 1, 5pm. $15-$100. The Moroccan Project features a world premiere with original music by jazz pianist Jason Moran.
"Rest for the Constant Traveler" CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission; www.counterpulse.org. Fri-Sun, 8pm. $20. Dance Continuum SF presents a dance and dance/theater concert with four world premieres by Peter Litwinowicz, Jennifer Wright, and Jose Ivan Ibarra.
Suzanne Farrell Ballet Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berk; (510) 642-9988, www.calperformances.org. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $34-$60. The company presents works by George Balanchine and Maurice Bejart.
"AMATE: Women Telling Stories" Galeria de la Raza, 2857 24th St; 826-8009, www.galeriadelaraza.org. Sat, 8pm. $10-$15. Pinta tu Propio Mundo and Galeria de la Raza presents the 8th annual celebration of women's voices, founded and organized by writer Leticia Hernandez.
"Anything Goes" The Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason; (866) 468-3399, www.therrazzroom.com. Oct 27-Nov 1, 8pm. $45-$50. Cabaret star Karen Akers brings her Cole Porter show to SF.
BATS Improv Theatre Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason Center; 474-6776, www.improv.org. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through Nov 28. $17-$28. This three-round improv competition pits two teams squaring off each night and performing improvised games, songs, or scenes.
"Bijou" Martuni's, Four Valencia; 241-0205, www.dragatmartunis.com. Sun, 7pm. $5. An eclectic weekly cabaret.
"Buddy Club Children's Shows" The Randall Museum Theater, 199 Museum Way; (510) 236-7469, www.theubddyclub.com. Sun, 11am. $8. The Buddy Club presents its 23rd season of family friendly shows with Master Magician Jay Alexander.
"The Cat's Pajamas" Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St. Mon, 8pm. Free. The monthly cabaret explores the theme "DiscoWarriors."
"Defying Inequality" Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon; 392-4400, defyinginequality.com. Mon, 7:30pm. Call for price. The cast of "Wicked" comes together with members of the San Francisco arts community of a one-night only concert benefiting Marriage Equality USA and Garden State Equality.
"Dogsbody" Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission; 978-2787, www.ybca.org. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. $20-$25. YBCA presents the world premiere of this new work by Theatre of Yugen.
"Full Spectrum Improvisation" The Marsh, 1062 Valencia; www.themarsh.org. Tues, 7:30pm. $10-$15. Lucky Dog Theatre performs an ongoing series of spontaneous theatre shows, directed by Joy Cory, the last Tuesday of every month.
"The Hasheesh Eaters" Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, 1519 Mission; voicefactorysf.org. Fri-Sun, 8pm. Through Oct 31. If you saw the SF Buffoons 1.0 production of The Hasheesh Eaters a couple of years ago at the San Francisco Fringe, you may have been left with a lingering impression of chaos invoked but not quite attained. But the Buffoons have not been idle since, and their latest version of Fitz Hugh Ludlow's drug-laced odyssey through the underbelly of 1863 San Francisco, "a distant outpost of perversion and poetry," is a much more visceral experience than its predecessor. It's not easy to convey the inner psyche of psychedelic's use without seeming either pedantic or over-wrought, but fortunately over-wrought is an emotional state well-balanced by the crude excesses of buffooning and all pedantry is contained within the prissy, verbose exposition of a single characterLudlow himself (played by playwright, Eric Wilcox)whose journey to the dark pit of the soul is laced with step-by-step commentary on the nature of the experience, a commentary which becomes less and less relevant to his own experience as his world melts and crumbles beneath the onslaught of his favorite drug, and the gleefully mean-spirited machinations of the Buffoons ensemble. Beautifully designed and urgently performed, The Hasheesh Eater is excellent as an exploration of Babylonboth historical and hysterical. (Gluckstern)
"I Don't Care Anymore" The Dark Room, 2263 Mission; www.sfdarkroom.com. Tues, 8pm. Check website for price. The Dark Room presents comedienne, actress, and burlesque star Selene Luna.
"International Czech Theater Festival" The Marsh, 1062 Valencia; (800) 838-3006, www.themarsh.org. Oct 21-28, times and prices vary. The Marsh presents a series of four new plays developed in the physical theater tradition of the Czech Republic.
"I Prefer Fur" Off-Market Theatre, 965 Mission; (800) 838-3006, www.offmarkettheatres.com. Oct 25, Nov 1, 8, and 15, 6pm. Off-Market Theaters present Victoria Doggett's one-woman show with accordion accompaniment.
Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco, 150 Eureka; (800) 838-3006, lgcsf.org. Fri-Sat and Oct 29, 8pm. "Halloween in the Castro," a new opera by Jack Curtis Dubowsky, merges local politics with murder and mayhem in an in-your-face social commentary about what's gone wrong with Castro Halloween.
The Miscreants Cabaret Climate Theater, 285 9th St; www.miscreantscabaret.com. Oct 22, 23, 29, 30, 31, 8pm; Oct 25, 2pm; Oct 31, 10pm. $12-$15. Celebrate Halloween with "The Witching Hour (and a half), an original work that explores the rules of engagement for those not quite of this world.
"Monsters and Saints" St. Aidan's Episcopal Church; (800) 838-3006. Sat, 8pm. $12-$15. Performance Showcase 2009 presents an evening of spoken word, poetry, new music, and dance featuring Julie Queen, David Denny, and Maia Scott.
"Mortified" Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St; www.eventbrite.com. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $12-$15. Jaime Case, Chris West, Will Seymour, and Scott Kravitz read their most embarrassing awkward teenage confessions, pathetic attempts at vile poetry, and obsessed, scarred teenage angst.
"Nina and the Monsters" Shotwell Studios, 3252A 19th St; 508-1808. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Ninjaz of Drama and Footloose presents Rey Carolino's Halloween comedy.
On Broadway Dinner Theater 435 Broadway; 291-0333, www.broadwaystudios.com. Thurs-Sat, 7pm. Ongoing. SF's most talented singers, artists, and performers combine interactive shows with dining and dessert.
"RAW" The Garage, 975 Howard; www.975howard.com. Fri, Sat, Wed, and Thurs, 8pm. $10-$20. This month's Resident Artist Workshop presents Ishika Seth & Friends; PJ Johnson, Pearl Marill, and Jorge De Hoyos; and Katie Anderson, Automatic Art, Lily Dwyer, and Scott Marlowe.
"Reckless" Eureka Valley Recreation Center Auditorium, 100 Collingwood; www.sffct.org. Fri-Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 3pm. Free. San Francisco Recreation and Parks presents Craig Lucas' weird adult comedy.
Sandra Bernhard Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason; 394-1189, www.rrazzroom.com. Through Sun. Call for times. $40-$65. The knife-edged humorist, satirist, and emotive performer presents "Whatever It Takes."
San Francisco School of the Arts Auditorium, 555 Portola Dr; 695-5700. Fri-Sat, 7:30pm. $5-$10. Talented youth from SF's acclaimed performing arts high school will be featured in a vocal performance led by a new conductor.
"Stateless: A Hip Hop Vaudeville Experience" The Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida; 292-1233, www.tjt-sf.org. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. $15-$45. The Jewish Theatre San Francisco opens its first season under a new name with the world premiere of Dan Wolf and Tommy Shepherd's theatrical collaboration.
"Thousand Faces Ball" OmniCircus Theater, 550 Natoma; (510) 316-9391, www.omnicircuscabaret.moonfruit.com. Sat, 8pm. $5-$15. OmniCircus presents a surreal cabaret where down and out robots and their human counterparts meet for a night of song, dance, sex, and rock-n-roll.
"Transcendent Voices" Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore. Fri, 8pm. $18-$58. San Francisco Girls Chorus opens their season with two performances (the second at First Congregational Church in Berkeley)
"Voices of America's Future" Grace Cathedral, 1100 California; 749-6350, www.gracecathedral.org. Sun, 3pm. Free. Voices of America's Future brings together five Bay Area youth choirs and The Choir of the Bishop Apor School from Gyor, Hungary, for a celebration of world peace.
"The Afterlife of the Mind" The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave, Berk; (510) 841-6500, www.shotgunplayers.org. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Thurs, 7pm; Oct 31, midnight. $15-$25. Virago Theatre Company presents the world premiere of William Bivins' dark comedy.
"Einstein's Cosmic Messengers" Lawrence Hall of Science, Centennial Drive, UC Berkely, Berk; (50) 642-5132, www.iicsanfrancisco.esteri.it. Wed, 7pm. Renowned Italian composer and percussionist Andrea Centazzo gives a multimedia performance interpreting the relativistic phenomenon of gravitation waves to celebrate the 9th Annual Italian Language Week.
"Hubba Hubba Revue" Uptown, 1928 Telegraph, Oakl; www.hubbahubbarevue.com. Mon, 10pm. Ongoing. $5. Scantily clad ladies shake their stuff at this weekly burlesque showcase.
"Reality Playings: experiments in experience/participation performance" Temescal Arts Center, 511 48th St, Oakl; (510) 526-7858, www.eroplay.com/events.html. Sat, 8pm. Free. World-known shaman performance artist Frank Moore will conduct improvised passions of musicians, actors, dancers, and audience members.
Annie's Social Club 917 Folsom, SF; www.sfstandup.com. Tues, 6:30pm, ongoing. Free. Comedy Speakeasy is a weekly stand-up comedy show with Jeff Cleary and Chad Lehrman.
0"Big City Improv" Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter; (510) 595-5597, www.bigcityimprov.com. Fri, 10pm, ongoing. $15-$20. Big City Improv performs comedy in the style of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"
Brainwash 1122 Folsom; 861-3663. Thurs, 7pm, ongoing. Free. Tony Sparks hosts San Francisco's longest running comedy open mike.
Club Deluxe 1511 Haight; 552-6949, www.clubdeluxesf.com. Mon, 9pm, ongoing. Free. Various local favorites perform at this weekly show.
Clubhouse 414 Mason; www.clubhousecomedy.com. Prices vary. Scantily Clad Comedy Fri, 9pm. Stand-up Project's Pro Workout Sat, 7pm. Naked Comedy Sat, 9pm. Frisco Improv Show and Jam Sun, 7pm. Ongoing. Featuring Sammy Obeid on Friday, 9pm. $12-$15.
"Comedy Master Series" Blue Macaw, 2565 Mission; www.comedymasterseries.com. Mon, 6pm. Ongoing. $20. The new improv comedy workshop includes training by Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, and John Elk.
"Comedy on the Square" SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter; 646-0776, www.comedyonthesquare.com. Sun, 8:30pm, through Dec. Tony Sparks and Frisco Fred host this weekly stand-up comedy showcase.
"Danny Dechi and Friends" Rockit Room, 406 Clement; 387-6343. Tues, 8pm. Free. Danny Dechi hosts this weekly comedy showcase through October.
"Improv Society" Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter; www.improvsociety.com. Sat, 10pm, ongoing, $15. Improv Society presents comic and musical theater.
"Lunchtime Laughs!" 4 Star Theatre, 2200 Clement; 666-3488, www.lntsf.com/4-star_theatre. Sat, 11:30am. $5. Danny Dechi hosts live stand-up comedy with Mike Meehan, Candy Churilla, Mike Spiegelman, Pam Ames, Fred Anderson, and Rebecca Arthur.
"Pabst Blue Ribbon Canned Laughter Tour" Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk; 923-0925, www.hemlocktavern.com. Fri, 8 & 10pm. $10. Club Chuckles present this show with Neil Hamburger, Mike O'Connell, and Randy Liedtke.
Punch Line San Francisco 444 Battery; www.punchlinecomedyclub.com. Check website for times and prices.
Purple Onion 140 Columbus; 1-800-838-3006, www.purpleonionlive.com. Call for days and times. "Raw Stand-up Project SFCC, 414 Mason, Fifth Flr; www.sfcomedycollege.com. Sat, 7pm, ongoing. $12-15. SFCC presents its premier stand-up comedy troupe in a series of weekly showcases.
"Comedy Off Broadway Oakland" Washington Inn, 495 10th St, Oakl; (510) 452-1776, www.comedyoffbroadwayoakland.com. Fri, 9pm. Ongoing. $8-$10. Comedians featured on Comedy Central, HBO, BET, and more perform every week.
"Kate Greenstreet and Brian Teare" Graduate Writing Center, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St; www.sptraffic.org. Sat, 7:30pm. $8-$15. Small Pres Traffic presents multi-disciplinary conversations that investigate vital areas of contemporary poetics and politics.
"Smack Dab" Magnet, 4122 18th St; www.magnetsf.org. Wed, 7:30pm. Orson Wagon talks cheap stories of past debauchery and filth at this open mic, open to all ages and genders.
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