Arts & Events

AROUND AND ABOUT THEATER: A Slew of Plays--and a Performance--by James Keller at Live Oak Theater

By Ken Bullock
Saturday September 08, 2012 - 02:29:00 PM

A Hindu flight attendant, a wealthy New York social matron, two aging former seminarians, a dance instructor ...

Some plays are character studies, some plays take a situation and play it out--James Keller writes the rare play that does both. A prolific playwright, who was long associated with the Magic Theatre as well as other venues in the Bay Area, around The States and in Britain, Keller has been producing his own plays and adaptations locally for the last few years with his company, Poor Players, resulting in some of the most engaging theatrical events here in recent memory. Two programs of his short plays, Men Only, directed by Martha Luehrman (an Actors Ensemble of Berkeley member, who has acted in Keller's productions) and Women Alone, directed by Keller, will play in repertory at Live Oak Theater, with a rare appearance by Keller himself, soloing onstage in his one-man adaptation of James Joyce's 'Ulysses'--a great opportunity to experience the wit and perception of one of our truly accomplished writers for the stage. 

With Elinor Bell, Janice Fuller Leone, Susannah Wood, Michael Fleming, Bruce Kaplan, Paul Mercelin, Rish Sanghvi. 

Men Only: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 11, 14, 15 & 16, all at 7:30; Women Alone, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, Spetember 12 (7:30), 15 (2 p. m.), 16 (2 p. m.)--and 'Ulysses' Thursday, September 13 at 7:30 (also at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley, Sunday, September 9 at 2), Live Oak theater, 1301 Shattuck (at Berryman). Tickets: $20, or all three for $45. (925) 473-1363