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Around & About Theater: Community Theater Openings—Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, Masquers Playhouse, Altarena Playhouse

By Ken Bullock
Wednesday January 18, 2012 - 10:16:00 AM

A big weekend for local community theaters--three will open new shows on the 20th: 

—Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is staging Tom Stoppard's 'Arcadia,' directed by Robert Estes, who also directed a good production of Shaw's 'Heartbreak House' for AE, and is known for his Grove Talks at CalShakes ... Fridays and Saturdays at 8 through February 18, with a Sunday matinee at 2, February 12. Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck at Berryman. $12-$15. 649-5969; 

—Masquers Playhouse presents Neil Simon's 'Broadway Bound,' directed by Phoebe Moyer, whose production of 'Shadowbox' for the Masquers is memorable. Friday-Saturday at 8 through February 25, with Sunday matinees at 2, January 29 & February 5. Masquers Playhouse, 105 Park Place, Pt. Richmond. $20. 323-4031; 

—And Altarena Playhouse in Alameda opens August Wilson's 'Fences,' directed by Gene Kahane, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 through February 19. Altarena Playhouse, 1409 High Street, Alameda. $19-$22. 523-1553;