The Price. Everything comes at a price, and few plays in the American theatrical canon demonstrate this truism more eloquently than Arthur Miller's The Price. Set in 1968 in the midst of the Vietnam War, the pithy-poignant family drama examines the ways in which human beings justify their (self-)destructive actions through a slow process of self-delusion. The events depicted in the play, which unfold over one intense, long scene, center on Victor, a middle-aged police officer who returns to the apartment in which he lived for years with his once-wealthy father following the stock market crash of 1929. Victor plans to meet with an appraiser to sell off the remainder of his father's furniture and then go to a movie with his wife. But when Walter, Victor's successful surgeon brother, turns up, having been out of touch with Victor for well over a decade, the siblings are forced to come to terms with more than the price of a few antiques. Aurora Theatre's poised production penetrates the many layers of Miller's text. Aurora has assembled a priceless team for this production, featuring rhythmic direction by Joy Carlin and clean performances from all four cast members -- Ray Reinhardt is especially compelling as the 89-year-old appraiser Gregory Solomon. Through Oct. 9 at the Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley. Tickets are $38; call (510) 843-4822 or visit www.auroratheatre.org. (Chloe Veltman) Reviewed Sept. 21.
The Tribute to Frank, Sammy, Joey & Dean. Sandy Hackett's swingin' tribute to the Rat Pack takes us back to a time when men wore tuxedos in the desert, women could be one of two things (a lady or a tramp), and Celine Dion was just a golden apple in Las Vegas' hungry eye. Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Dean Martin are brought back to life by God -- and the talents of a quartet of impersonators -- for one more night of highballing at the Sands Hotel. The concert-style production, featuring a live 12-piece band, perfectly captures the spirit of a long-lost era -- from Johnny Edwards' glossy Dean Martin pompadour to what would now be considered terribly un-PC gaffs about black Jews. These particular tribute artists aren't necessarily dead ringers for Frank and company, but if you close your eyes and listen to Brian Duprey's silk-voiced renditions of "My Way" and "Come Fly With Me," you almost feel like you've been transported, martini in hand, to another time and place. In an open-ended run at the Post Street Theatre, 450 Post (at Powell), S.F. Tickets are $35-60; call 771-6900 or visit www.poststreettheatre.com. (Chloe Veltman) Reviewed Aug. 24.
Almost Heaven: John Denver's America Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic (at Locust), Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469.
Are We Almost There? Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.
BATS: Sunday Players Fort Mason, Bldg. B, Marina & Buchanan, 474-6776.
Beach Blanket Babylon Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.
Beyond Therapy Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.
Big City Improv Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.
California Palm Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.
Comedy Improv at Your Disposal Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 510-595-5597.
Crowns Marines Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter (at Mason), 771-6900.
Crucifixion New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.
The Crucible SF Playhouse, 536 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596.
Days of Wine and Roses Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic (at Locust), Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469.
Fagaala Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard (at Third St.), 978-2787.
Family Butcher Magic Theatre, Fort Mason, Bldg. D, Marina & Buchanan, 441-8822.
Finding Sincerity Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 896-6477.
Finn in the Underworld Berkeley Repertory's Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, 510-647-2949.
Four Years and Still Not Famous The Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.
GayProv Off-Market Studio, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 896-6477.
Holes Orpheum Theater, 1192 Market (at Eighth St.), 512-7770.
Improv Revolution Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 896-6477.
Italian Girl in Algiers War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-3330.
Living Word Festival: Dystopia Project Artaud Theater, 450 Florida (at 17th St.), 255-9035.
Love, Chaos & Dinner Pier 29, Embarcadero (at Battery), 273-1620.
Manumission Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.
Menopause the Musical Theatre 39 at Pier 39, 2 Beach (Beach & Embarcadero), 433-3939.
Monday Night Improv Jam Climate Theater, 285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), 364-1411.
Monday Night Marsh The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.
Not the More Lovely: A Circus Sideshow Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa (at Florida), 621-7978.
Our Town Berkeley Repertory's Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, 510-647-2949.
OutSpoken New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.
Owners The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby (at MLK Jr.), Berkeley, 510-841-6500.
The Philanderer Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (at South Van Ness), 861-5079.
The Price Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley, 510-843-4822.
Rain Curran Theatre, 445 Geary (between Taylor and Mason), 551-2000.
Red Hot & Blue! Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469.
Roadsigns City College of San Francisco's Venue 222, 50 Phelan (at Cloud), 239-3100.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde as Told to Carl Jung by an Inmate of the Broadmoor Asylum Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 896-6477.
Streetcar Named Desire Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason (at Geary), Suite 601, 989-0023.
Tempest Bruns Memorial Amphitheater, Siesta Valley, Shakespeare Festival Way/Gateway Blvd., Hwy. 24, Orinda, 510-548-9666.
Two Noble Kinsmen African American Art and Cultural Complex Center, 762 Fulton (at Webster), 394-5854.
"Viva Variety" Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton (at Webster), for more information call 863-0741.
What Mama Said About "Down There" Our Little Theater, 287 Ellis (at Taylor), 921-8234.
When God Winked The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.