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Plays in local theaters: Aug. 11, 2011

ASHLAND NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL: Ashland New Plays Festival Artistic Director Douglas Rowe will team up with actor Mike Farrell of “M*A*S*H” fame for a dramatic reading of playwright Lee Blessing’s “A Walk in the Woods” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in the Mountain Avenue Theatre at Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets cost $20 for general admission, $25 for premium seats, and are available at Paddington Station in Ashland, www.showtix4u.com, by emailing tickets@ashlandnewplays.org or by calling 541-488-7995.

CAMELOT THEATRE COMPANY: In the James Morrison Collier Theatre Building, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. The box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. For tickets, call 541-535-5250 or see www.camelottheatre.org. Reserved seating is available for an additional $2 per seat. Student rush tickets cost $10 and are available five minutes before showtime.

THE SUNSHINE BOYS: A Neil Simon hit comedy, "The Sunshine Boys," will open Friday, Aug. 12, at Camelot Theatre. Vaudeville actors Al Lewis, played by Paul R. Jones, and Willie Clark, played by Bruce Lorange, agree to reunite when a television network wants to produce a special program, but it turns out the two men can't stand each other. The reunion brings a flood of memories, miseries and laughs. Gwen Overland directs. The show will preview Thursday, Aug. 11. Preview tickets cost $10. A pay-what-you-can performance will be offered Wednesday, Aug. 17. "The Sunshine Boys" will run at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 11. Tickets cost $18, $16 for students and seniors.

the oldest living graduate: A dramatic reading of the Preston Jones play will be presented at 8 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 21-23, at Camelot Theatre. This humorous study of a crusty, dying patriarch who holds to his ideals until the end will feature Grant Shepard. Barbara Rains directs. Tickets cost $10.

OREGON CABARET THEATRE: First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. For tickets, visit the box office, see www.oregoncabaret.com or call 541-488-2902. Gourmet dinners are available at 6:30 p.m. for evening shows, and brunch is available at 11:30 a.m. for Saturday and Sunday matinees. Ticket prices do not include food or beverage.

THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES: Schoolgirls Cindy Lou, Suzy, Betty Jean and Missy are giddy with excitement when called on to perform '50s hits at their senior prom. When they return to their high school 10 years later for its reunion, it's all about pop songs from the '60s. Playwright Roger Bean uses songs from female vocalists who rocked the '50s and '60s to move the story in this musical revue. Melissa Rain Anderson directs and choreographs the OCT production. Local singer Shaeny Johnson plays Suzy. The show runs through Aug. 28. Curtain is at 8 p.m., 1 p.m. for Sunday matinees. Tickets cost $35 for Friday and Saturday evenings, $29 for Sunday matinees, $25 for Sunday evenings, $31 for weeknight shows and $16 for bistro seating.

OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See www.osfashland.org or call 541-482-4331 for showtimes and ticket information.

WILLFUL: Audience members' level of presence and participation will drive OSF's site-specific theater project, the brainchild of Portland-based Sojourn Theatre's Michael Rohd and Shannon Scrofano. A group of OSF actors will guide ticket holders through an interactive form of theater that explores experiential performance. The journey begins at the Allen Pavilion. It opens at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, and runs through Oct. 9.

henry IV, Part Two: Anarchy looms, rebellion reignites and loyalties turn on a dime in William Shakespeare's dark continuation of Henry IV's story. Lisa Peterson directs. The play runs through Oct. 7 in the Elizabethan Stage/Allen Pavilion.

the pirates of penzance: A day at the beach for the daughters of Maj. Gen. Stanley provides the pirate Frederic and his mates an opportunity to wed with impunity. Then duty, filial and otherwise, threatens to scuttle love and aid catastrophe. Arthur Sullivan's and W.S. Gilbert's musical comedy fires a few broadsides at social stuffiness in this rollicking operetta that abounds in music, comical paradox and wit. Bill Rauch directs. The show runs through Oct. 8 in the Elizabethan Stage/Allen Pavilion.

LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST: Instinct wrestles intellect in William Shakespeare's comedy about the passage into adulthood. The King of Navarre and his buddies, in a zealous moment of idealism, turn to their books, swearing off less civilized pursuits — namely, girls. When a high-spirited princess and her attendants arrive, the young men find that infatuation, adolescent pranks and playful confusion lead to serious matters and reveal the cost of real love. Shana Cooper directs. The play runs through Oct. 9 in the Elizabethan Stage/Allen Pavilion.

The African Company Presents Richard III: Anyone can be king. In 1820s Manhattan, a company of free, black actors draws packed houses of blacks — and whites. Working at jobs of servitude by day, they rehearse "Richard III" at night. But when they dare open at the same time as New York City's premier theater lifts the curtain on its own "Richard III," there is no room for competition. Based on a real incident. Seret Scott directs. The play runs through Nov. 5 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY: American playwright Tracy Letts introduces American theater's newest twisted family, the Westons, in this Pulitzer Prize-winning comic tragedy. Letts puts three damaged sisters, their pill-popping mother and a houseful of troubled relatives together for an entertaining look at domestic disaster that can rip through generations if nothing stops it. The New York Times calls the play "the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years." Christopher Liam Moore directs. The play runs through Nov. 5 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

GHOST LIGHT: Jon is a theater director haunted by the assassination of his father, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone. When asked to stage a production of "Hamlet," the ghost of the king stalks Jon's mind and heart, and he must confront his feelings. Laced with poetry and wit, the play is rooted in a crime that changed a city — and a young boy — forever. Jonathan Moscone and Tony Taccone's premiere play runs through Nov. 5 in the New Theatre. Moscone directs.

JULIUS CAESAR: William Shakespeare's tragedy looks at the complex nature of government and the fallibility of those in power. OSF casts Vilma Silva in the role of Caesar. The adoring commoners of Rome would have her crowned, but fellow politicians debate her ambition. Tormented by uncertainty and driven by questionable motives, they plot an assassination. Amanda Dehnert directs. The play runs through Nov. 6 in the New Theatre.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE: Angelo, the Duke of Vienna's authoritarian deputy, is hellbent on stamping out moral decay. When Angelo aims his outdated Draconian laws at a young man whose fiancee is pregnant, he is sternly incorruptible — until he meets a beautiful religious novice whom he desires. Flavored with live music by mariachi band Las Colibri, this modern production of William Shakespeare's tragicomedy reveals what can happen when sex, religion and politics collide. Bill Rauch directs. The play runs through Nov. 6 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

THE IMAGINARY INVALID: The wealthy Argan is a housebound hypochondriac with every ailment in the book. Lurking around are quacks only too happy to treat, or mistreat, him. Molière's farcical comedy, adapted by Oded Gross and Tracy Young, gets an injection of 1960s French pop culture from the same OSF team that reimagined "The Servant of Two Masters" in 2009, along with original songs, satire and the requisite bawdiness. Young directs. The play runs through Nov. 6 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.