A Room With a View, produced by the Berkeley Cast, will run July 1-16 at the John Hinkle Park Amphitheatre, featuring Tyler Scott Null as George, Sophie Ruf (Sophie Ruf) plays Lucy.
Under the stars and sometimes the mist this summer, there were plenty of fun entertainment, including EM Forster’s “A Room with a View” performed by the Berkeley Cast.
Bay Area playwright Stuart Bousel’s new play based on Forster’s work will be staged Saturday the 16th at the John Hinkle Park Amphitheater at 41 Somerset Square, Berkeley.Watch this romantic comedy and keep an eye out for a holiday in Italy where anything can happen, and it does, as young Englishwoman Lucy meets a rich cast of characters destined to change her life forever.
Directed by Andrew Calabrese, the cast includes Sophie Ruff (Lucy), Taylor Scott Noll (George), Megan Briggs (Charlotte) and Keith Jeffords (Mr. Emerson).
For more information, please visit aeofberkeley.org. All performances are free.
Olinda: Orinda Starlight Village Players’ Agatha Christie’s The Chimney’s Secret runs through Saturday.
As the murder mystery wraps up, the company prepares Ray Cooney’s It Runs in the Family. Directed by Suzan Lorraine and Jill Gelster, this British farce runs July 21-August 21. 17th, Orinda Community Center Park Amphitheater, 28 Orinda Way.
It’s set in a hospital where Dr. Morty Moore fends off paternity suits, ex-wives, punk sons and all manner of lunatics. Expect lots of slamming!
For more information, please visit orsp.org.
Oakland Hills: Woodminster Summer Musical will present “Beautiful: The Carol King Musical,” the story of a 16-year-old songwriter from Brooklyn, at the Oakland Hills Amphitheatre, July 7-16.
The Tony- and Grammy-winning musical traces back to the early days of King’s career, when she wrote chart-topping hits for music’s greatest acts, before becoming a hit with “Tapestry.” successful singer.
Joel Schrader directed, Jody Jaylen choreographed, Ashley Garrick played Carole King.
For tickets, call 510-531-9597 or visit Woodminster website.
Also in Olinda: If you’re looking for some pep talk, try some of the best and brightest homegrown stand-up comedians.
The Good Medicine returns to Cal Shakes Bruns Amphitheater at 100 Shakespeare Theater Drive in Orinda, CA for the third year in a row, starring Jana Schmieding, Brian Bahe, Larry Omaha and Dakota Ray Hebert.
There are still a small number of good tickets available for this one-night only show on July 8th at 8pm. Doors open at 6pm, allowing attendees time to explore the Aboriginal Artisan Market, filled with art, jewelry and clothing from Aboriginal suppliers. After the comedians, DJ Interval will host a dance party mixing hits from homegrown bands Redbone and The Halluci Nation, as well as East Bay artists like Tower of Power and Tony! Tony! Tone!
Please call 510-548-9666 or visit calshakes.org.
Berkeley: Step inside and Swamp Berkeley will continue to run Josh Kornbluth’s autobiographical monologue, “The Citizen’s Brain,” through July 29. With his humorous, blunt style, Cohen Bruce investigates brain disease and whether society suffers from political dementia. Could “empathy circuits” in the brain, he asks, be the solution to the world’s problems by uniting divided groups? He also questioned “could a neurotic storyteller failing every science class spark a science-based empathy revolution?”
Find out at Marsh, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley.go themarsh.org to know more information.
Alameda: Brian Copeland returns with an illuminating and highly entertaining show at the Altarena Playhouse, 1409 High St., Alameda.
“Grandma and Me: An Anthem to Single Parents,” written and performed by Copeland, July 14 at 8 p.m.
Alternating between growing up as a single parent and being a single parent himself, Copeland pays homage to his grandmother, who assumed legal custody of him and his four younger sisters after his mother’s death.
“You know how difficult it must have been for her as a 57-year-old African-American grandmother with so many children, including a baby,” Copeland said. “In this society, black identity is the most important thing. It made me respect what she did even more.”
For more information, please visit Altarena website.
Hill: The East Bay will lose a strong artistic director in December with the departure of Contra Costa Civic Theater (CCCT) Marilyn Langbehn. Langbehn took over the reins in 2013, drawing on his extensive experience in Bay Area theater. During her tenure, she produced or directed 47 Main Stage productions, created the company’s Reading Stage series, and produced the world premiere of her own play, Run For Me. Life” and keep CCCT going during the COVID-19 shutdown.
“After more than 10 years in the CCCT family, Marilyn’s departure will be a great loss,” said Board Chair Kathleen Perka. “Her passion for theater is contagious, and as she continues to grow in her roles as our Artistic Director and Executive Director, CCCT continues to evolve, and we are the better for her dedication and loyalty.”
CCCT’s loss was TheaterWorks’ gain, as Langbehn accepted the general manager job at the highly regarded Palo Alto Theater Company.