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Around & About Theater: Ragged Wing Ensemble's 'Time Sensitive'--& a New Theater!; Actors Ensemble Reading of Hildeshimer's 'The Showing'

By Ken Bullock
Thursday April 18, 2013 - 05:29:00 PM

—"A crack is growing. The shape of time is changing. Only a few can see it." Ragged Wing, Berkeley's plucky little movement theater troupe, has announced the opening of co-founder/artistic director Amy Sass' new, prize-winning (Playground's June Anne Baker Award) play, 'Time Sensitive,' running Thursdays through Saturdays at 8, April 18-May 18—as the inaugural production at their new theater, Sanctuary for the Arts, 496-38th Street (at Telegraph), Oakland, two blocks from MacArthur BART ... Sass, a talented director, will be at the helm in a show which "combines clockwork choreography, rhythmic fugue & ice art into a fantastical tale that urgently asks: How do we hold a moment, if we constantly crave the next big thing? $25-$40 (sliding scale). 1-800-316-8559; (Ragged Wing's David Stein directs a rare reading of a Wolfgang Hildeshimer play—see below: ) 

—As part of the ongoing reading series around their current production of Stoppard's 'Rock 'N Roll' (directed by Robert Estes, Fridays-Saturdays at 8 through May 4 at Live Oak Theater), Actors Ensemble will feature a rare reading of a play, 'The Showing,' by German playwright Wolfgang Hildesheimer, translated by former AE board member (& present resident of Hungary) David Fenerty, directed by David Stein: the "simple transaction" of a house sale is complicated by the mutual history of A (buyer) & B (seller)—& their divergent plans for the future. Playwright, novelist, artistHildeshimer, the grandson of the modernizer of Orthodox Judaism in Germany, left in 1933, lived back & forth between London & Mandatory Palestine—& later, back in Germany, where he served as clerk-translator at the Nuremberg Trials. He was associated with writers' Group 47, along with notable authors like Paul Celan, Gunter Grass, Peter Weiss, Heinrich Boll, Martin Walzer ... Sunday, at 7, Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck (at Berryman). Suggested donation: $5-$8. 649-5999;