Ainadamar: A one-act contemporary opera that explores the relationship between politics and artistic expression while telling the story of Federico Garcia Lorca. Feb. 15-17, 8 p.m. $35-$85. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, 978-2787.
"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.
Bells Are Ringing: The SFArtsED Players (a theater company for kids ages 9-14) present a classic Broadway musical. Starting Feb. 16. Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 3. $15-$22. Eureka Theatre Company, 215 Jackson, 788-7469.
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.
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.
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea: When Danny enters a bar after fighting his way through the rough city streets, he sees Roberta, a young mother with a troubled past dying to be set free of a secret. Feb 21-23, the play screens at the Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy, S.F. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 23. $15-$20. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington, Petaluma, (707) 762-3565.
Dear Harvey: Marking the 35th anniversary of his assassination and as told by the people who knew him best, this is the recounting of the life and the lasting impact of groundbreaking queer activist and politician Harvey Milk. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Feb. 24. $25. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness, 861-8972.
A Delicate Balance: Edward Albee's play about American famililal dysfunction. Directed by Keith Phillips. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through March 16. $26-$38. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 855 Bush, 345-1287.
A Doll's House: Feminism meets marriage in this controversial 19th-century drama. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Feb. 15. $20. tickets.act-sf.org. Hastings Studio, 77 Geary, 749-2228.
God of Carnage: Two upper-middle-class Brooklyn couples meet to discuss an incident of playground violence between their sons. Directed by Catherine Castellanos. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through March 30. $38. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter, 433-3040.
The Heart Plays: Theater Pub stages nine directors' versions of the play, each with its own group of actors performing in a different part of the bar. Mon., Feb. 18, 8 p.m. free-$5. Cafe Royale, 800 Post, 441-4099.
Hot Mess: Sketch comedy. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 16. $15. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness, 861-8972.
How We First Met: Comedian Jill Bouque interviews couples live on stage while improvisers act out their stories with sketches and songs. Thu., Feb. 14. $40-$55. Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter, 673-6672.
Jurassic Ark: A dark comedy about faith, pet dinosaurs, The Great Flood, and Hollywood. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through March 16. $10-$25. brownpapertickets.com/event/308991. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy, 673-3847.
The Little Foxes: A new play by Lillian Hellman, directed by Jennifer Welch, telling the story of an old Southern family and their ambitious plan to bring their business into the international market. 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. 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. Directed by Bill English. 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, 321-2910.
Naked Dudes Reading Lovecraft: Ham Pants Productions presents a handful of men reading H.P. Lovecraft in the nude. Wed., Feb. 13, 8 p.m. $20. stagewerx.org/shows.html#dudes. Stage Werx 446, 446 Valencia.
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, 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.
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.
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.; Wed., Feb. 13, 2:30 p.m. Continues through Feb. 17. $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. Wednesdays, 7 & 9 p.m. $20-$25. Rebel, 1760 Market, 431-4202.
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.
Turmoils at Professor Ming's Mansion: A musical production in Cantonese and English that follows the story of spoiled rich girl Golden Pearl and orphan White Peony. Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Mar. 16. $12. Buddha's Universal Church, 720 Washington, 982-6116.
Waiting for Godot: An Absurdist play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters wait at the side of the road for the imminent arrival of Godot. Continues through Feb. 13. $36-$57. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller, Mill Valley, 388-5200.
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.