Poseidon and the bungling crustaceans on his payroll are the lead players in Thunderbird Theatre's latest original comedy, playing at the Exit this month. Somewhat less god-like than all those other Greek gods (the ones with thunderbolts and spears and wine), Poseidon makes a desperate bid for respect by jockeying to host the first-ever Olympic Games at his two-star hotel at the bottom of the ocean. 

With guest appearances by Medusa (Poseidon’s shrewish wife) and Athena (calculating and driven, even under water), Salty Towers is a tale of gods behaving just as badly as everyone else. Toy fish and Bobby McFerrin provide music for the mayhem - mayhem reminiscent of what might happen if the Little Mermaid was stranded in the Pantheon with a whisky-laced triple cappuccino. 

Through July 23. EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street. Tickets are $15-25 at (415) 289-6766 or thunderbirdtheatre.com.