AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER
OPENING -- "The Tosca Project," by Carey Perloff and Val Caniparoli, June 3 through June 27. Loosely structured around the themes of Puccini's "Tosca,'' this imaginative new work is gorgeously choreographed, achingly moving and scored with some of the best music ever made, from Hendrix to Stravinsky.
Geary Theater, 415 Geary St., San Francisco. (415) 749-2228, www.actsf. org.<
BATS IMPROV THEATRE
"BATS Improv," through May 29, Friday, 8 p.m. BATS presents themed improv theater nights. $17-$20.
All shows at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Bayfront Theatre, Building B, Third Floor, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, San Francisco. (415) 474-8935, www.improv.org.<
CHANCELLOR HOTEL UNION SQUARE
"Eccentrics of San Francisco's Barbary Coast," Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Audiences gather for a 90-minute show abounding with local anecdotes and lore presented by captivating and consummate conjurers and tale-tellers. $30.
433 Powell St., San Francisco. (877) 784-6835, www.chancellorhotel.com.<
"The Clown Cabaret at the Climate," First Monday of the month, 7 and 9 p.m. Hailed as San Francisco's hottest ticket in clowning, this show blends rising stars with seasoned professionals on the Climate Theater's intimate stage. $10-$15.
285 Ninth St., Second Floor, San Francisco. www.climatetheater.com.<
COWELL THEATER AT FORT MASON CENTER
"The Good-for-Nothing Lover," May 28 through May 29, Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m. Play presents a unique blend of shadow theatre, poetry reading, movement theatre and live music, inspired by a folk love song from the Ming Dynasty. $16-$25.
Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, San Francisco. (415) 345-7575, www.fortmason.org.<
"In the Heights," through June 13, Tuesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, 2 p.m.; May 16, 7:30 p.m. Hear the story about the bonds that develop in a vibrant, tight-knit community at the top of the island of Manhattan. $30-$99.
445 Geary St., San Francisco. (415) 512-7770, www.shnsf.com or www.bestofbroadway-sf.com.<
CUTTING BALL THEATER
"'Bone to Pick' and 'Diadem'," through June 20. Eugene Chan's "Bone to Pick'' reimagines the myth of Ariadne, Theseus and the Minotaur in a postmodern exploration of love, war and complicity. "Diadem,'' also by Chan, is a romantic retelling of the earlier parts of Ariadne's myth.
The EXIT Stage Left, 156 Eddy St., San Francisco. (415) 419-3584, www.cuttingball.com.<
"Verry McVerry," June 6, 7 p.m. Maureen McVerry makes her solo debut for this night of comedic cabaret. $17. (415) 347-5625.
"Giant Bones," by Stuart Bousel, through June 19, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m. Bousel weaves together four of Peter S. Beagle's "Innkeeper's World'' stories into this dramatic narrative. $15-$50. (415) 816-9661, www.brownpapertickets.com.
156 Eddy St., San Francisco. (415) 673-3847, www.theexit.org.<
THE JEWISH THEATER SAN FRANCISCO
EXTENDED -- "Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?" by Josh Kornbluth, through June 20, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. This one-man performance examines the legacy of Andy Warhol and the ten Jewish luminaries he painted. $15-$45.
470 Florida St., San Francisco. (415) 292-1233, www.tjt-sf.org.<
"Fauxgirls," Every third Saturday Drag cabaret revue features San Francisco's finest female impersonators.
1351 Polk St., San Francisco. (415) 885-4535, www.denkitiger. com/.<
"The Mock Cafe," Stand-up comedy performances. Saturday, 10 p.m. $7.
"The Monday Night Marsh," An ongoing series of works-in-progress. Monday, 8 p.m. $7.
EXTENDED -- "The Real Americans," by Dan Hoyle, through May 30, Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. Fleeing the liberal bubble of San Francisco and his hipster friends, Hoyle spent 100 days traveling through small-town America in search of some tough country wisdom and a way to bridge America's urban/rural divide. $15-$35.
"The Festival of New Voices II: The Next Wave of Solo Performance," June 2 through June 13, Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 5, 5:30, 8:30 and 9 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Showcase features new solo theater pieces by up-and-coming artists from the Marsh's 2009/10 Performance Initiative, including pieces by Sia Amma, Pidge Meade, David A. Moss, Marilyn Pittman, Sigal Shohan, Kenny Yun and others. $15-$50. (800) 838-3006.
1062 Valencia St., San Francisco. (415) 826-5750, www.themarsh.org.<
NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE CENTER
"Proud and Bothered," through June 26, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Gomez, a professional Gay Pride MC takes the walk of shame in this comedic tell-all. $22-$34.
25 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. (415) 861-8972, www.nctcsf.org.<
CLOSING -- "The Breath of Life," by David Hare, through June 6, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m. Two women dumped by the same man meet on the Isle of Wight. $18-$25.
2840 Mariposa St., San Francisco. <
"ShortLived 3.0," through June 26, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. The largest audience-judged playwrighting competetion in the nation returns with experienced playwrights, unknown up-and-comers and local, independent theater companies. $20. www.pianofight.com.
965 Mission St., San Francisco. <
CLOSING -- "Wicked," Tuesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.; Oct. 11 and Dec. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 27, 2 p.m.; Dec. 21 and 28, 8 p.m. "Wicked'' is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. "Wicked'' tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. $30-$99.
1192 Market St., San Francisco. (415) 512-7770, www.shnsf.com.<
SAN FRANCISCO COMEDY COLLEGE CLUBHOUSE (800) 838-3006, www.clubhousecomedy.com.
"Naked Comedy," A comedy showcase featuring some of the best comedians in San Francisco. BYOB for 21 and over. Saturdays, 9 p.m. $10.
"Hump Day Comedy," Host Rich Stimbra and a variety of stand-up comics will get you over the Wednesday work hump. BYOB for 21 and over. Wednesday, 8 p.m. $5.
414 Mason St., Suite 705, San Francisco. (415) 921-2051, www.sfcomedycollege.com.<
"Shopping! The Musical," by Morris Bobrow, A quick-paced musical about those obsessed with buying things. Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m. $27-$29. www.shoppingthemusical.com.
Big City Improv, Friday, 10 p.m. $20. (510) 595-5597, www.bigcityimprov.com.
STAGE WERX THEATRE
"Ungrateful Daughter," by Lisa Marie Rollins, June 3 through June 12, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m. Hear one black girl's story of being adopted into a white family who aren't celebrities. $20-$25.
"Bi-Poseur," by Paolo Sambrano, June 6 and July 18, 7 p.m. Paolo Sambrano stars in this one-man show about a possibly bi-polar man coping with life. $15. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/109491.
533 Sutter Street, San Francisco. <