Let these events inspire a standing ovation

BINGO AT THE COSMOPOLITAN: The swank Cosmopolitan Cabaret presents the Sacramento debut of Bingo, the Winning Musical. Even the audience gets to play! Through 1/8.
Tickets start at $33. Cosmopolitan Cabaret, 1000 K St.; (916) 557-1999;

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL COMEDY COMPETITION: See this year’s top five finalists battle it out for the honor of being the funniest stand-up comedian in Northern California. The first round of the finals is in Sacramento this year. Even better, it’s free for all ages. Th, 10/6, 7:30 p.m.
Free. University Union Ballroom, Sacramento State University; (916) 278-6997;

SUPERIOR DONUTS: Capital Stage presents the Sacramento premiere of this sweet comedy about a struggling doughnut-shop owner in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood who hires a street-savvy writer to revamp his business. 10/7-11/13.
$26-$30. Capital Stage, 2215 J St.; (916) 995-5464;

RED BUCKET DANCE THEATRE: The Collection is a showcase of works by local and regional choreographers, including Stefan Calka of the Sacramento Ballet and Red Bucket’s co-artistic director Nolan T’Sani. Due to partial nudity, the show is recommended for mature audiences only. A Q-and-A with the choreographers follows the opening-night performance. F, 10/7 and Sa, 10/8, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 10/9, 2 p.m.
General admission $15. 24th Street Theatre, 2791 24th St.; (916) 541-0053;

LADY BUSINESS GETS SCARY: In the spirit of Halloween, Sacramento’s only all-female improv comedy troupe presents (Haunted) Lady Business, a show about facing things that scare us. The six-woman cast uses true stories from the audience and their own lives to improvise imaginative, witty comedy scenes. Audience members who share true, scary stories will be rewarded with candy! Sa, 10/15, 8 p.m.
$8. Sacramento Comedy Spot, 1050 20th St.; (916) 444-3137;

THE PILLOWMAN: Big Idea Theatre ushers in the chill of the fall season with this Kafka-esque play about a writer in a totalitarian state who is interrogated about the murderous content of his short stories. Through 10/15.
$13-$15. Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd.; (916) 960-3036;