2013 Matchbox Reading Series: The 2013 Matchbox Readings Series, featurng four plays by four playwrights looking for creative and constructive criticism. The Invisible Play, by Christopher Chen, Jan. 28, 7 p.m.; The Taming, by Lauren Gunderson, Jan. 29, 7 p.m.; Blue God Countdown, by Geetha Reddy, Feb. 4, 7 p.m.; and Truck Stop, by Lachlan Philpott, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. Free. Crowded Fire Theater Company, 870 Innes, 675-5995.
4000 Miles: Twenty-one-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.; Tue., Feb. 5, 8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 10. $25-$70. American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), 415 Geary, 749-2228.
Anything Goes: When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Feb. 3. $60. anythinggoesthemusical.com. Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor, 551-2000.
"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, 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, 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, 433-3040.
The Business: A Comedy Show: Sketch and stand-up comedy. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. $5. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission, 401-7987.
Call Mr. Robeson: About the life of Paul Robeson, actor, singer, and civil rights campaigner. Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. $10-$25. brownpapertickets.com/event/305955. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington, Petaluma, (707) 762-3565.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: A new interpretation of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Feb. 17. $10-$35. Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton, 762-2071.
Clown Cabaret: Pi: the Physical Comedy Troupe and the Clown Conservatory perform circus arts. First Monday of every month. Climate Theater, 285 Ninth St., 673-1374.
Dear Harvey: The life and lasting impact of groundbreaking queer activist and politician Harvey Milk, as told by the people who knew him best, on the 35th anniversary of his assassination. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Feb. 24. $25. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness, 861-8972.
Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo: Combination of science and theater, with a variety of insects, reptiles, amphibians, dinosaurs, and more. Sat., Feb. 2, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. $14-$18. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California, 292-1200.
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, 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. Starting Feb. 1. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 23. $20. madeinchinamusical.wordpress.com. Bindlestiff Studio, 185 Sixth St., 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, 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 and directed by Bill English. Through Jan. 31, 8 p.m.; 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, 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, Sundays, 2 p.m.; Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through March 3. $32-$60. auroratheatre.org/our-practical-heaven. Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison, Berkeley,(510) 843-4822.
Princess Ivona: 1935 Absurdist comic play by Witold Gombrowicz. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 9. $20-$30. Performance Art Institute, 75 Boardman Place.
SF Ballet's 2013 Season Opener: Program 1: Featuring the world premiere of Wayne McGregor's Borderlands. Through Feb. 3. $20-$325. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness, 864-3330.
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 Capek, 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, 525-1205.
Robot Hand: A comedy by T. Adamson about surgical mayhem and a cyberhand. Jan. 31-Feb. 2. $15. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy, 673-3847.
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.; Sat., Feb. 2, 2:30 p.m.; Wed., Feb. 13, 2:30 p.m. Continues through Feb. 12. $20-$80. Magic Theatre, Fort Mason, Bldg. D, Marina & Buchanan, 441-8822.
Secret Improv Society: Underground improvisational theater. Saturdays, 10 p.m. $15. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter, 433-3040.
Sex and the City: Live!: A drag rendition of the HBO series Sex and the City. Wednesdays, 7 & 9 p.m. $20-$25. Rebel, 1760 Market, 431-4202.
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.
SF Sketchfest at the Darkroom: SF Sketchfest at the Darkroom! Fridays, 8 & 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 3, 8, 10 p.m. & midnight; Thu., Jan. 31, 8 p.m.; 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, 401-7987.
SF Sketchfest: w00tstock Founders Night: Adam Savage, Wil Wheaton, and music-comedy duo Paul and Storm present a night of songs, readings, comedy, demonstrations, and short films about geek culture. Fri., Feb. 1, 7 p.m. $35. sfsketchfest.com. Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter, 673-6672.
Shopping! The Musical: Songs and sketches about shopping. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. $23-$29. shoppingthemusical.com. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter, 433-3040.
Some Thing: Art drag night with craft table. Fridays. $5. The Stud, 399 Ninth St., 863-6623.
Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding: Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Fridays, 7 p.m. $88.50-$115.50. tonyandtinasanfrancisco.com. Imperial Palace, 818 Washington, 956-9888.
Troublemaker, or The Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright: A new comedy by playwright Dan LeFranc, set in working class Rhode Island, following the exploits of Bradley Boatright and his best friend mixing it up with their rich-kid middle-school nemeses. Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 1. $14.50-$48. Berkeley Repertory's Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison, Berkeley.
Waiting for Godot: The absurdist play by Samuel Beckett. Tuesdays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m.; Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.; Every other Tuesday, 2 p.m.; Thu., Feb. 7, 1 p.m. Continues through Feb. 16. $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, 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, 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.