Actors Ken Grantham and Kimberly King, a married couple who star in Marin Shakespeare Festival's production of Much Ado About Nothing, didn't cross stars -- or paths -- for a decade and a half, despite leading uncommonly similar lives. Both resided in Berkeley and worked regularly at Berkeley Rep for 15 years, sometimes missing each other on productions by a mere two weeks. Then both got gigs at the Alley Theater in Houston (of all places) where they finally met and realized they'd been leading parallel lives. They also fell in love and got engaged a couple of weeks later. Now they play Beatrice and Benedick in this tale of quarreling lovers, marking their first onstage romantic encounter. This production is set in the 1850s, right before Italy became a modern republic and when the setting, Messina, was enjoying an era of artistic leisure. Much Ado opens Aug. 26 at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican College in San Rafael.
Recently Aisle Seat reported a special offer for tickets to the dance/theater spectacle Forever Tango with the wrong theater (horrors!). It's at Theatre on the Square and the deal for $25 tickets goes through Aug. 27, for you tango aficionados.
By Laura Jamison