Another Way Home: While visiting their son at summer sleep away camp, middle-aged Jewish parents are compelled to question everything they thought they understood about their children, their marriage, and their true desires. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Through Dec. 2. $20-$30. Magic Theatre, Fort Mason, Bldg. D, Marina & Buchanan, 441-8822.
"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.
Carmelina (1979): West Coast Premiere, with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Burton Lane, and book by Lerner and Joseph Stein. Carmelina is the musical version of the film Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell, which is also the source of the hit Broadway musical Mamma Mia!. Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Nov. 18. $21-$30. 42nd Street Moon, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 978-2787.
Closer: Four lives intertwine in this densely plotted look at modern love and betrayal. Thursdays-Sundays. Through Nov. 17. $20. Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.
Cordelia: An abstraction of Shakespeare's King Lear from the point of view of Lear's exiled youngest daughter. Through Nov. 18. $18-$27. Theatre of Yugen, 2840 Mariposa (at Alabama), 621-7978.
Geezer: Geoff Hoyle's new solo show. Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Through Nov. 18. $25-$35. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.
Horsin' Around Comedy Benefit: Fundraiser benefit by Bay Area female comedians, hosted by Healing for Change. All proceeds donated to the ninth annual Healing Workshop for Survivors of Sexual Violence. Sat., Nov. 17, 2 p.m. $20. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.)
The Hundred Flowers Project: A play-within-a-play by Christopher Chen, based on Mao Tse Tung's effect on the political and social world. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Nov. 17. $10-$35. The Thick House, 1695 18th St. (at Arkansas), 401-8081.
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.
The Kipling Hotel: Written and performed by Don Reed. After a failed stint as a stripper and gigolo, Reed ends up as a live-in waiter at a retirement hotel. Sundays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. Through Dec. 8. $15-$35 (sliding scale), $50 reserved seating. The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 704-8291.
Le Père Noel est une Ordure: A cult classic performed in French with no subtitles. Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 6:30 p.m. Through Nov. 18. $18. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.
The Lion King: A musical based on the Disney animated film, with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. Tuesdays-Sundays. Through Jan. 13. $32.50-$150. Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market (at Eighth St.), 551-2000.
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 (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.
Pilgrimage: Why I'm Not an Indian: Elaine Magree's solo show. Wed., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.
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, much of the time." Third Sunday of every month, 7 p.m. $10. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia (at 16th St.)
The Rainmaker: N. Richard Nash's classic play about faith, love, and magic in a time of crippling drought. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Dec. 22. $26-$38. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.
ReOrient 2012 Series A: Series of short plays by playwrights from Iraq, Iran, Egypt, England, and the U.S about the Middle East. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Through Nov. 18. $15-$20. Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa (at Florida), 621-7978.
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.
The Songbird of Paris, Edith Piaf: A one-act play written by Martha Furey and performed a capella by Joni Takanikos. Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. Through Dec. 1. $15-$50. The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston (at Shattuck), Berkeley, 510-704-8291.
Sophocles' Elektra: New interpretation of the Greek tragedy, featuring Olympia Dukakis as the Chorus Leader and original music by composer David Lang. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m. Through Nov. 18. $25-$110. American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228.
Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep: Celebrating the centennial of August Strindberg's death with The Ghost Sonata, The Pelican, The Black Glove, Storm, and Burned House. Thursdays-Sundays. Through Nov. 18. $10-$75. The Cutting Ball Theater, 277 Taylor (at Ellis), 525-1205.
The Submarine Show: Two men crash their submarine at the bottom of the ocean, resulting in a journey across highly irregular terrain. With special guest Frank Olivier. Nov. 15-17. $20. The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby (at MLK Jr.), Berkeley, (510) 841-6500.
The Submission: An alcoholic black mother and her son trying to get out of the projects, by Jeff Talbott. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Dec. 16. $25. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.
Superior Donuts: Comedy about an aging baby boomer who owns a donut shop and his young, dreamer employee. Thursdays-Sundays. Through Dec. 2. $15-$30. Gough Street Playhouse, 1620 Gough (at Bush).
Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding: Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m. $88.50-$115.50. tonyandtinasanfrancisco.com. Imperial Palace, 818 Washington (at Grant), 956-9888.
Twelfth Night: Ninjaz of Drama present this gender-bending comedy by William Shakespeare. Thursdays-Saturdays. Through Nov. 17. $12-$20. The Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason (at Post), 989-0023.
The White Snake: A classic romance from Chinese legend, from Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman. Tuesdays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, Sundays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Dec. 23. $31-$75. Berkeley Repertory's Roda Stage, 2025 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 647-2949.
Wilder Times: A collection of one-act plays by Thornton Wilder, including Infancy, Childhood, The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden, and The Long Christmas Dinner, Wilder's most famous short work. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays; Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Through Dec. 4. $35-$39. Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510)843-4822.