Assassins: Sondheim's musical about presidential assassins. Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Oct. 28. $20-$30. Shotgun Players, 1901 Ashby (at Martin Luther King), Berkeley, (510) 841-6500.
"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.
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.
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.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: A musical about former president Andrew Jackson. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Nov. 24. $20-$30. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596.
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.
The Collection: A show with a secret plot, by magician Christian Cagigal. Oct. 19-31, 8 p.m. $20-$25. Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.
Will Durst's Elect to Laugh: A comedy show chasing down the presidential election from a San Francisco comedian who once ran for mayor. Tuesdays. Through Nov. 6. $15-$35. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.
An Evening of Story and Song: Oklahoma! star Shirley Jones performs. Oct. 23-27, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 28, 5 p.m. $40-$45. The Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason (at O'Farrell), 394-1189.
Fierce Love (Remix): Humor and personal narratives exploring the joys and contradictions of black gay life by performance troupe Pomo Afro Homos. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Oct. 28. $25-$37. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.
The Fifth Element: Live on Stage: A stage adaptation of the film. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Oct. 27. $20. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.
Fortunate Daughter: A one-dyke show by Thao Nguyen about the difference between coming out and coming home. Saturdays. Through Oct. 27. $20. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.).
The Ghost Sonata: The best-known of August Strindberg's chamber plays. Through Oct. 21. $18-$50. The Cutting Ball Theater, 277 Taylor (at Ellis), 492-4700.
The Grimaldis Are Dead: Theater, improv, and circus in a musical variety show. Through Nov. 3. $75. Firehouse 8, 1648 Pacific (at Polk).
Halloween! The Ballad of Michele Myers: Live theater celebrating Halloween with Curtis Dunn as Raya Light, his drag persona. Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. $20-$25. michelemyers2012.eventbrite.com. CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission (at Ninth St.), 626-2060.
An Iliad: A contemporary adaptation of Homer's classic, co-production with La Jolla Playhouse. Tuesdays-Sundays. Through Nov. 18. $17-$57. Berkeley Repertory's Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley.
Kurt Weitzmann: Kurt Weitzmann performs stand-up comedy about historical San Francisco. Sundays, 7 p.m. Through Oct. 28. $20. Our Little Comedy Club Theater, 287 Ellis (at Taylor), 928-4060.
Love in the Time of Zombies: A rom-zom-com with brains. Through Oct. 30, 8 p.m. free-$5. Cafe Royale, 800 Post (at Leavenworth), 441-4099.
Monday Night Marsh: Musicians, actors, performance artists, and others stage works in progress. Mondays. $7. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.
Of Thee I Sing: A political satire-infused musical. Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind. Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Oct. 21. $25-$75. Eureka Theatre Company, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469.
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 (at 16th St.).
Repro Rights! A Choice Evening of Theatre: The Playwrights' Center of San Francisco presents an evening of staged readings of seven original short plays and monologues on the topic of reproductive rights and bodily autonomy, with all event proceeds being donated to Planned Parenthood. Mon., Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. $10-$100. Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St. (at York), 641-7657.
The Scotland Company: By Jake Rosenberg, directed by Kai Morrison: "The truth reveled of what Britain hid beneath the Scottish kilt." Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Through Oct. 27. $20-$30. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.
Secret Improv Society: Underground improvisational theater. Saturdays, 10 p.m. $15. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.
Shocktoberfest 13: The Bride of Death: An evening of horror and comedy from Thrillpeddlers. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Nov. 17. $25-$35. The Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (at Bryant), 377-4202.
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.
Speed the Plow: ATSF completes the Business Trilogy with Speed the Plow, by David Mamet. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Nov. 10. $26-$38. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 855 Bush (at Taylor), 345-1287.
A Stage Tribute to The Thing: A live stage tribute to John Carpenter's 1982 cult classic The Thing, complete with intense special effects. Through Nov. 3. $18-$20. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.
The Strange Case of Citizen de la Cruz: A political thriller by Luis Francia. Through Oct. 20. $10-$20. Bindlestiff Studio, 185 6th St., 255-0440.
Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding: Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m. $88.50-$115.50. tonyandtinasanfrancisco.com. Imperial Palace, 818 Washington (at Grant), 956-9888.
Topdog/Underdog: Lincoln and Booth are brothers ensnared in a dangerous sparring match fueled by their poverty, race, family history and their very given names. Thursdays-Sundays. Through Oct. 21. $36-$57. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller (at Evergreen), Mill Valley, 388-5200.
Trainwreck Cabaret: Fifties-themed comedy, music, circus acts, and burlesque from local talent of many genres. Sat., Oct. 20, 10:30 p.m. $20. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.).
Zombie Vixens From Hell: The Musical: A zombie-themed musical with a live band and state-of-the-art digital visual imagery. Thursdays-Saturdays. Through Nov. 3. $10-$25. The Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason (at Post), 989-0023.