Local theater scene, May 10
Ashland Children’s Theatre: See ashlandchildrenstheatre.com or call 541-414-8676 or 541-301-4549 for information. Ashland Children’s Theatre will present a theatrical double feature, “The Tales of Anansi the Spider” and “The Improv Games — TeenProv Showdown.” Poor Anansi the Spider tries to be clever, but so often his greed gets in his way. See why spiders have thin waists, if spiders like fish, and find out why we have wisdom in these three short plays. Anansi tales are some of the best-known among the people of West Africa and Anansi has become one of the great folk heroes of the world. In “The Improv Games,” two teams of teen improvisers compete for the ultimate in improv comedy by challenging each other to different improvised scenes. The performers will ask the audience for suggestions to start their scenes, then make it up from there. Both productions are directed by Eve Smyth and produced by Kate Sullivan. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at The Dance Space, 280 E. Hersey #10, Ashland. Advance tickets are $10, $5 for students, available in Ashland at Tree House Books, 15 N Main St., and The Music Coop, 268 E Main St. Admission at the door is $12, $6 for students.
Ashland High School Theatre: Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets can be purchased online at showtix4u.com, or in Ashland at the AHS Main Office; Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St.; Tree House Books, 15 N. Main St.; Music Coop, 268 E. Main St. or by calling 1-866-967-8167.
‘Almost, Maine’: “Almost, Maine,” written by John Cariani, is a series of nine vignettes each featuring a different couple. On a Friday night in the middle of a long and bleak winter, the residents of the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine, explore love and loss in wonderfully awkward, unexpected and whimsical ways. New relationships blossom, hearts are both broken and mended, and love evolves in life-altering ways. Directed by Oregon Shakespeare Festival company member Annie Paul. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12. Tickets are $15 for reserved, $10, or $7 for students and seniors.
Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250.
‘The Gin Game’: The winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize, “The Gin Game” uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self-righteous lady. They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and reveal intimate details of their lives. Directed by Gwen Overland. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 19. Tickets are $28 to $36.
Collaborative Theatre Project: 555 Medford Center, Medford. Tickets and information are available at ctpmedford.org, by calling 541-779-1055 or at the box office. Group rates are available.
‘The Bridges of Madison County — The Musical’: Based on the best-selling Robert James Waller novel, “The Bridges of Madison County” traces a brief affair of two soulmates who have met too late in their respective lives in 1965. Robert Kincaid, a photographer for the National Geographic is on assignment to shoot the historic bridges of Madison County, Iowa, when he meets Francesca, an Italian war bride, whose husband and children are away on a trip. During her quest to help Robert find the last bridge for his assignment, Francesca faces memories and emotions long tamped down by the routines of life, which ultimately leads to a dilemma. Directed by Daniel Session Stephens. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 10-11 and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12. Tickets to all other performances are $15 to $28. The Lobby Gallery will feature the photographic works of West Christy and Gerry Katz.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre: First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets and information are available at theoregoncabaret.com or by calling 541-488-2902. Reservations are required for pre-show dinner and brunch. Appetizers, beverages and desserts are available without reservations. Student rush tickets are $10 and can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain. A 20 percent discount is available for groups of 10 or more.
‘Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of the Four’: The show is a world premiere adaptation of one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous novels, “The Sign of the Four,” told in the small cast, quick-change comedic style of recent theatrical hits such as “The 39 Steps” and “Baskerville.” Holmes and Watson are on an adventure that takes them from a prison in India to 221B Baker Street and on to the Thames for an onstage boat chase. Matt Koenig and Galen Schloming return to the Cabaret as Holmes and Watson, having previously played those roles in 2017’s “Baskerville.” They are joined by Galloway Stevens and Stephen Kline, as well as Cabaret newcomer Aryana Sedarati. Rick Robinson directs. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays, and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through May 26. Tickets are $25, $36 or $39.
Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University: Theatre Arts Building, 491 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are available at oca.sou.edu/box-office or by calling 541-552-6348.
‘Silkworms’: Set in 17th-century Italy, a group of Dominican nuns resists the oppressions of their distant male superiors, leading to a potentially fatal standoff that sparks a daring rebellion. Written by Isabel Nelson and Anne Bertram and developed by Theatre Unbound of Minneapolis, which specializes in new work by and about women. Terri McMahon directs. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays May 16-18, and May 23-25, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26, in the SOU Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and free for students from any school.
‘Angels in America: Millennium Approaches’: Regarded by many critics as the best American play of the last 50 years, “Millennium Approaches” is the first of two plays in Tony Kushner’s epic, “Angels in America,” an eloquent, heartfelt, theatrically thrilling, surprisingly funny examination of the AIDS crisis, fraying relationships, and the soul of America during the 1980s. Directed by Jim Edmondson. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, May 23 through June 1, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and $5 for full-time students.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161.
‘As You Like It’: Exiled from the controlling confines of the court, Duke Senior and her daughter Rosalind seek refuge — and find much more — in the unconstrained Forest of Arden. Also fleeing danger at home, Orlando encounters a young man named Ganymede and seeks help in love — unaware that Ganymede is actually his heart’s desire, Rosalind, in disguise. All society’s rules of conformity are off in this exuberant theatrical journey into one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. Directed Rosa Joshi. The show runs through Oct. 26 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘Hairspray — The Broadway Musical’: It’s 1962, and Baltimore teenager Tracy Turnblad lives in a world that tells her plus-sized gals shouldn’t be dancing on television and that racial segregation is here to stay. When she wins a spot on The Corny Collins Show, Tracy becomes a star and uses her newfound fame to challenge the status quo in this wildly joyful production that celebrates radical inclusion at its heart. Christopher Liam Moore directs. The show runs through Oct. 27, in the Angus Bowmer Theater.
‘Mother Road’: A powerful story about land, family and survival inspired by John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” this world-premiere drama by Southern Oregon-based playwright Octavio Solis finds hard-living William Joad meeting an unexpected relative, Martin Jodes, and reversing the Joads’ mythic journey from California back to Oklahoma. Directed by Bill Rauch. The show runs through Oct. 26 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘Cambodian Rock Band’: This epic play/rock concert thrusts us into the life of a young woman trying to piece together her family history 30 years after her father fled Cambodia. Featuring actor/musicians, playwright Lauren Yee brings to life the Cambodian rock scene of the ’60s and ’70s, a movement cut short by the Khmer Rouge’s brutal attempt to erase the music — and musicians — once and for all. Chay Yew directs. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Thomas Theater.
‘Between Two Knees’: Sketch-comedy troupe the 1491s tell a fearless intergenerational story of familial love, loss and connection spanning the massacre at Wounded Knee, all of the World Wars so far and the 1973 takeover at Wounded Knee. Infused with the 1491s’ uninhibited and subversive approach to comedic storytelling, it takes a hard look at the impacts of systematic oppression after the point that textbooks typically stop teaching Native history. Also, its funny. Eric Ting directs. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Thomas Theater.
‘Macbeth’: Spurred by prophesy and consumed by ambition, Macbeth murders the Scottish king and claims the throne. Fueled by guilt and paranoia, the new king and his wife embark on an increasingly bloody campaign to hold onto power. Shakespeare’s evocative tragedy plumbs the depths of human psychology and the pitfalls of unchecked ambition. José Luis Valenzuela directs. The “Scottish play” runs from Tuesday, May 28, through Oct. 11 in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
‘Alice in Wonderland’: Join Alice down the rabbit hole as she discovers the magic of Wonderland. This adaptation by Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus honors the beloved and iconic text while introducing us to an Alice that will delight present-day audiences of all generations. Directed by Sara Bruner. The show runs from Wednesday, May 29, through Oct. 12 in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
‘All’s Well That Ends Well’: When Helena cures an ailing king, he rewards her with the mate of her choosing. She only has eyes for Bertram, but the young man does not return her love. What will become of clever Helena as she navigates this complex comedy of courtships, class, mistaken identities, pain, loss, war and love? A humorous, inventive and edgy production of Shakespeare’s nuanced love story. Tracy Young directs. The show runs from Thursday, May 30, through Oct. 13 in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
Puppeteers for Fears: See puppeteersforfears.com or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Cattle Mutilation — The Musical’: Puppeteers for Fears will present its new musical. The show, with music and script by Josh Gross, is a restaging of the company’s debut feature, an irreverent take on Sasquatch and UFOs performed with custom hand-and-rod puppets and a live surf-rock band. The story follows two dueling parent-child relationships, one from Earth and another from the Crab Nebula, and what happens when they all get mixed up on a late-night search for Bigfoot. Directed by Katy Curtis. Music will be performed by indie-rock band Derek Deon and the Vaugns. Please note that though this is a puppet show, it is not a children’s show as it features adult content. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 17-18. Advance tickets are $15 or pick-your-price at the door. See randalltheatre.com for tickets.