• Coverage of Rogue Valley theaters, including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Camelot Theatre Company
Updated Jul 24, 2016 at 1:01 PM

Johnny Depp played a supporting role Saturday night. That’s what happens when you share the stage with Alice Cooper. Same deal for Joe Perry. Cooper at 68 still has the charisma to command a stage. From the first chords of the Hollywood Vampires’ new rocker “Raise the Dead,” he prowled the stage like a man possessed, or maybe a vampire possessed, as Aerosmith’s Perry sent wave after wave of razor-sharp guitar licks up the Britt hillside, and the super...

Updated Jul 22, 2016 at 11:07 PM

Les Claypool says that musical collaborations are like conversations. They’re best when they flow freely. Claypool and Sean Lennon come from different musical worlds, but they were flowing freely together Friday night at Britt. It...

Updated Jul 22, 2016 at 2:54 PM

“Chicago” is the musical that won’t die. Based on a sensational 1924 play about two real-life women accused of murders in the city of the title, the musical stormed onto Broadway in 1975, directed and choreographed...

Updated Jul 12, 2016 at 5:16 PM

A large cast, a two-story set, live music, period costumes, hundreds of light cues — and all that jazz — come to life this weekend as Oregon Cabaret lifts the curtain on John Kander's and Fred Ebb's "Chicago." OCT pulls out...

Updated Jul 8, 2016 at 2:41 PM

William Shakespeare’s history play — the first of four in the House of Lancaster grouping — is a tale of power struggles.

Updated Jul 2, 2016 at 11:56 AM

It’s said that “Hamlet” is a ghost story. True, it’s a ghost that incites the play’s main action, Hamlet’s arc from aimless mourning to bloody revenge. But Shakespeare left just enough opacity in the play...

Updated Jul 1, 2016 at 9:53 AM

To describe the set-up of Neil Simon’s "The Dinner Party" is to evoke images of those English murder mysteries in which disparate characters are called to a grand country house for the weekend by a mysterious host.

Updated Jun 24, 2016 at 10:54 AM

Married five times, American playwright Neil Simon knows about failed relationships. In his play "The Dinner Party," three men and three women are invited to dine at a Parisian restaurant for mysterious reasons. They gradually realize they...

Updated Jun 22, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Georges, the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub that showcases drag entertainment, and Albin, his romantic partner and star attraction who goes by the name Zaza, have lived happily for many years in an apartment above the nightclub with their...

Posted Jun 20, 2016 at 2:00 AM

There’s an old saying in the theater: The hardest thing in life is to write a good second act. A case in point is the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s new production of “The Wiz. At the intermission in Saturday...

Updated Jun 14, 2016 at 9:43 AM

William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” will launch the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor season Friday, June 17, in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, followed by the Saturday, June 18, opening of the 1970s musical “The...

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