Arts & Events


By Ken Bullock
Wednesday January 25, 2012 - 05:22:00 PM

Tom Stoppard's 'Arcadia' at Actors Ensemble; John O'Keefe at Theatre of Yugen, free, on Sunday Only; Ragged Wing Ensemble performs 'A Fool's Errand'  

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley appears to have a hit on its hands with the ambitious production of Tom Stoppard's 'Arcadia,' a cast of 30 directed by Robert Estes, which opened last weekend to enthusiastic crowds. Friday and Saturday nights at 8--with a Sunday matinee at 2 on February 12--through February 18, Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck (at Berryman). #12-$15. 

John O'Keefe at Theatre of Yugen, free, on Sunday Only 

Playwright and performing artist John O'Keefe, co-founder of Berkeley's famed troupe the Blake Street Hawkeyes, will perform a collaborative piece O'Keefe is developing with Yuriko Doi, founder of Theatre of Yugen, which employs creation myths from both Japan and the Iroquois Nation. (I saw an earlier workshop of this piece, with Noh musicians and a Noh actor accompanying or paralleling O'Keefe performing part of his text, one of the most exciting things I've seen onstage the past few years.)
The show is free, on Sunday only--8 p. m. It will be part of the San Francisco Arts Festival later this year.
Theatre of Yugen, NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa near Harrison, Project Artaud, San Francisco's Mission-Potrero District.
Ragged Wing Ensemble performs 'A Fool's Errand'
Spunky Ragged Wing Ensemble, the East Bay's physical theater company, will perform 'A Fool's Errand,' directed by David Stein, chapter one of their ensemble collaborative tetralogy, The Fortune Project, for three shows only this weekend--Friday and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 5, at Envision Academy, the lovely old Julia Morgan-designed YWCA building at 1515 Webster, between 15th and 17th, in Downtown Oakland. $15-$30, sliding scale.