Arts Listings

The Poor Players at the City Club Next Week

By Ken Bullock
Wednesday April 14, 2010 - 04:52:00 PM

"A comedy about a missing dog ... a delayed dinner ... an elderly teenager ... the young at heart ... domestic chaos ..." 

Poor Players, a local company that unfortunately makes good on its name, giving us too little—and that, too briefly—of a very good thing, is at last mounting another production at the Berkeley City Club, 8 p. m. Wednesday April 21st through Sunday the 25th only (though with matinees at 2 as well as evening shows on the weekend), with the debut of James Keller's "Comedy of Bad Manners," Good Housekeeping—which has the delicious twist of not only featuring Berkeley actress Martha Luhrmanm in the part inspired by herself (inspired's the word; she doesn't play herself), but also the playwright—who directs, as well—onstage in a recognizable role: a playwright, invited to dinner, who has just cast his hostess. 

Keller, an excellent and prolific playwright (about 50 originals and adaptations), was once featured at theaters like the Magic in San Francisco and elsewhere around the country. These days, to our good fortune, he mostly produces and directs his own, highly enjoyable shows, in short runs at intimate venues like the City Club. It'll be gone before you know it; don't miss it! $15-$20. (925) 473-1363;