AAH! Abandon Productions’ physical-theater troupe wrestles with the evolution of human interaction, casting a critical and sometimes comical look at the progress we’ve made as a society. Through its unique blend of dance, movement, a cappella singing, acting and miming, the group continues to captivate. All action occurs within two A-frame construction scaffoldings, where performers loop, leap, slither and snake through the pipings. Even when the concepts haven’t quite gelled, the performers’ sheer joy and enthusiasm have you rooting for them. The miracle is witnessing an experimental theater production that lacks pretension and cynicism. The show lasts one hour. The Space, 8 p.m. Saturday, $10-$13. 2509 R Street, (916) 737-2304. Through February 28. P.R.
Around the World in 80 Days Phileas Fogg has 80 days to go around the globe. B Street Theatre has two hours to capture Fogg’s amazing and colorful journey on stage. Both succeed brilliantly. This production of Jules Verne’s classic adventure tale is imaginative, creative and enjoyable. Even more impressive, the play is done without props, scenery or a large cast. Five actors portray more than 30 characters. It’s hard to determine who’s having more fun—the talented cast or the appreciative audience. B Street Theatre; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with matinees on February 4, 11, 18 and 25; $17.50-$21.50. 2711 B Street, (916) 443-5300. Through February 29. P.R.
The Distance from Here Playwright and filmmaker Neil LaBute writes stories about ordinary people who are guilty of extraordinary cruelty or equally damning inaction. This play is no exception. There’s enough manipulation and betrayal in these two hours to fuel a grand, paranoid Jacobean vengeance play. But LaBute’s characters are small-time losers on the fringes of society—and unlike Jacobean drama, these folks don’t necessarily get what they have coming. Director Anthony D’Juan does a capable job of maneuvering through this gloomy script. The cast features savvy veterans (Beth Edwards in particular) as well as younger performers from the Actor’s Workshop. The Actor’s Theatre; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday; $12-$14. 1616 Del Paso Boulevard, (916) 925-6579. Through February 1. J.H.
Fat Men in Skirts Synergy Stage’s Fat Men in Skirts is for those who like dark humor. Be forewarned: We’re talking really dark humor. Think midnight-in-a-mine-with-your-eyes-closed dark. (And even that audience may find this audacious comedy creeping over the edge.) If you’re willing to take the plunge into a surreal world of overbearing mothers, dallying fathers, mental breakdowns, cannibalism, rape and incest, you’ll discover a darkly disturbing but highly entertaining look at one family gone way wrong. This story of a mother and son who survive a plane crash on a deserted island explores family dynamics, social taboos, the search for love, and a lot of wayward affections. Geery Theatre, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $10-$15. 2130 L Street, (916) 448-9019. Through February 14. P.R.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change The Delta King Theatre has revived its revival of this long-running revue. The cast is a composite of the first two productions. This revue is about dating, courtship, marriage and what comes after. The songs are sometimes obvious, but they have a way of sticking in your memory. At this point, this reviewer is losing the urge to go down this road again, but there still seem to be plenty of people wanting to see this show. Delta King Theatre, various times Thursday through Sunday, $18-$25 for the show and $38-$52 for dinner and the show. 1000 Front Street in Old Sacramento, (916) 995-5464. Through February 29. J.H.
Turandot Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) rolls out substantial resources for this very interesting and most ambitious hybrid production. It’s basically Carlo Gozzi’s now-obscure 1762 Italian comedy, featuring live and recorded music by Giacomo Puccini (who adapted the story into a hugely popular opera in the 1920s). Director Amber Jo Manuel mixes in elements of Peking opera, as well, and commedia dell’arte director John Deaderick brings in masked comics and jugglers. It’s a vast canvas of diverse cultural influences and strong design elements, but it’s also a cast with a fair number of rookies. Our recommendation: Enjoy it for what it is. You won’t find another show that tugs at your brain on so many different levels. Nevada Theatre; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a matinee on January 31 at 2 p.m.; $14-$16. 401 Broad Street, Nevada City; (530) 273-6362. Through February 7. J.H.