Arts & Events

Around & About Theater: 'Noises Off' at Actors Ensemble of Berkeley; Jovelyn Richards' Own Bistro Variety Series

By Ken Bullock
Thursday July 19, 2012 - 08:23:00 PM

—'Noises Off,' Michael Frayn's burlesque of a farce--both easier and harder than it sounds--as seen from both sides of the stage, upstage and back, will open at Actors Ensemble in Berkeley Friday the 20th ... Directed by Colin Johnson, the cast of eight must essay the theater company's roles versus personalities, literally turn the set around twice--and be very, very inadvertently funny, trying to be both sexy and conventionally funny, while slamming doors and keeping quiet backstage. 

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 (2 p. m. Sunday matinee on August 12), through August 18. $12-$15. Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck (at Berryman). 

—And Jovelyn Richards, host of Cover to Cover, Open Book on KPFA-fm, and whose solo shows (with band) like 'Come Home,' 'Mrs. Pat's House,' and 'Stripping Down to Story' have been written up here, is now welcoming people to Jovelyn's Performance Space and Bistro, 

4148 MacArthur near High Street, Oakland, every 3rd Friday--so tonight--featuring the Summer's Here! Variety Show, with comedians Jeff Applebaum and Nina G. 8 p. m. $10, including one beer/wine.