After the holidays, the first half of January is usually the doldrums for theater. But three unusual events will be staged in the next week or two:
Brilliant Russian actor-director Oleg Liptsin will perform his version of Gogol’s The Nose at the Berkeley City Club, 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat., Jan. 14–16, with iPhone and interactive video; he took it to Taipei, Eastern Europe and the Fringe of the Avignon Festival in Provence over the past year. $15-$20; (415) 944-1555.
Shotgun Players start their Champagne Series of one night only staged readings of Alan Ayckbourn’s great comic trilogy, The Norman Conquests, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the Ashby Stage (Joy Carlin, Mina Morita and Patrick Dooley direct) for three Tuesdays at the Ashby Stage ($100 for all three, plus champagne, hors d’oeuvres and other perks). And Subterranean Shakespeare fires up their Superintensive Mondays with “the Scottish Play,” MacBeth, at 7:30 p.m., featuring lively staged readings of The Bard’s whole canon at the Unitarian Fellowship at Cedar and Bonita streets. $8. 276-3871.