Theater Around and About

By Ken Bullock
Thursday April 29, 2010 - 03:00:00 PM

With previews starting Friday, April 30 at 8, at the Berkeley City Club: TERRORISTKA, a new play by Rebecca Bella, directed by Jessica Holt for Threshold Theatre (which began in a Berkeley directors workshop), based on a true story Bella heard while a Fulbright Fellow in Russia, of a young Chechen woman, recruited to be a suicide bomber, journeying to Moscow, told in verse and song. With sound design by Greg Scharpen and costumes by Tammy Berlin, both of Central Works. Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p. m.; Sundays at 5 2315 Durant Ave. $12-$29. (415) 891-7235;  



The Marsh, which continues their presentation of Don Reed's E. 14th, True Tales of a Reluctant Player, an Oakland coming-of-age comedy, through June 30th on their main stage in the Gaia Building (2120 Allston Way, near Shattuck), will open their cabaret in the former Anna's Jazz Island with The Amazing Bubble Man in THE WORLD'S FUNNIEST BUBBLE SHOW, at 11 a. m. May 2, through June 27. Also coming up: Nina Wise's unique improv, WHAT JUST HAPPENED? Fridays at 9, Saturdays at 8, May 7-22, and Anne Randolph's solo show LOVELAND, May 8 (Saturdays at 5, Sundays at 6) through June 13--all in the Cabaret. Various prices. (415) 826-5750;  



It's the last weekend for GREAT EXPECTATIONS, the Dickensian epic by Barbara Field at Contra Costa Civic Theatre, directed by Jeremy Cole (who's worked wonders with both Actors Ensemble and SubShakes). $11=$18. Friday-Saturday, 8; Sunday at 2Pomona Ave. at Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. 524-9132;  



Actors Ensemble continues with Sam Shepard's CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS, directed by Robert Estes and starring a raging Holly Bradford, among others. Friday/Saturday, 8 p. m. through May 22 (plus Thursday, May 20 at 8), Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck, near Berryman. $12-$15 649-5999;