Arts & Events
Three openings this week: seasoned local playwright James Keller directs--and performs as a playwright--in his dire domestic comedy, Good Housekeeping, with local actress Martha Luhrmann playing a role based on herself, the show in a wacky family setting based on Martha's household.
Wednesday through Sunday only, 8 p. m. Wednesday to Saturday at 8, 2 p. m. Saturday-Sunday, at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue. $20. (925) 473-1363; www.poorplayers.com
Actors Ensemble of Berkeley opens Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class, directed by Robert Estes,Friday at 8 p. m., weekends through May 22 at Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck, near Rose. $12-$15. 649-5999; www.aeofberkeley.org
For the family: Berkeley Playhouse will open their production of OLIVER!, directed by Molly Aaronson-Gelb, musical direction by Phil Gorman and choreography by Juliana Morin, this Friday at 7, running through May 16, at the Julia Morgan Center, 2640 College Avenue. $19-$33. 665-5565; www.berkeleyplayhouse.org