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Plays in local theaters: Oct. 27, 2011

ASHLAND HIGH SCHOOL: "The 39 Steps," a 2008 Tony Award-winning spoof of the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock movie, will preview Wednesday, Nov. 9, and open Thursday, Nov. 10, in the high school's Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. An ensemble of students play more than 50 characters in this comic thriller that is part spy novel, part Monty Python-style comedy. Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Tyrone Wilson directs. Shows are set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 9-12, Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 17-19, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. Tickets to the Nov. 9 preview cost $5. Reserved seating costs $15, general seating costs $10 and seating for full-time students ages 18 and younger and seniors 65 and older costs $5. Reserved seats are available at www.showtix4u or by calling 866-967-8167. General tickets are available at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop in Ashland or at www.showtix4u.com. Student and senior tickets are available at the ticket outlets or at the door.

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.


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 beverages.

what a glorious feeling: Take a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of "Singin' in the Rain" in Jay Berkow's new play with music and dance. Gene Kelly, played by Netanel Bellaishe, creates his best-loved dance sequences to lyricist Arthur Freed's songs, including "Broadway Rhythm," "Moses Supposes" and "Good Morning." Berkow's story illustrates the creative process, along with the charged, personal relationships behind the movie. Christopher George Patterson directs and choreographs the show. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 6. Tickets cost $31 for Thursday evenings, $35 for Friday and Saturday evenings, $29 for Saturday and Sunday matinees, $25 for Sunday evenings and $16 for bistro seating.

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

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, this play is a must-see for Shakespeare and theater-history lovers. Seret Scott directs. The play runs through Saturday, 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. Christopher Liam Moore directs. The play runs through Saturday, 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's and Tony Taccone's premiere play runs through Saturday, 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, Nov. 6, in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

RANDALL THEATRE COMPANY: 10 E. Third St., Medford, www.randalltheatre.com or call 541-227-4601 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. for information.

Shriektoberfest: Randall Theatre's annual Fright Fair will be from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Monday, Oct. 27-31, at the community theater, 10 E. Third St., Medford. There will be a macabre, 1920s-themed carnival in the vacant lot across the street and a traditional haunted house inside the theater. Victoria Wayne, a spirit medium from Las Vegas, will hold seances every hour starting at 7 p.m., and horror films will be presented at 11 p.m. each night. Tickets to the haunted house cost $9, tickets to a seance cost $6 and combo tickets cost $12. All tickets include 10 carnival tickets. Discounted advance tickets are available at Magic Man in the Bear Creek Plaza off Medford's Biddle Road.

THEATRE ARTS AT SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY: Off South Mountain Avenue on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. See www.sou.edu/theatre/patronres for show information, location and parking. Tickets are available at the box office — open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours before each show — or by calling 541-552-6348. Purchase tickets to three or more plays and receive discounted tickets. DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD: Playwright Bert V. Royal's satire of the Peanuts comic strip will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Nov. 3-5 and 10-12, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12-13, in the Center Square Theatre. SOU professor Kyle Haden directs. Royal's play — a hit at the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival — sets the Peanuts characters in their teenage years. Tickets cost $21, $18 for seniors and $6 for students.

THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE: Playwright Bertolt Brecht's parable about a peasant girl who steals a baby and becomes a better parent than its maternal one will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 17-19, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19-20, in the Center Stage Theatre. Michael J. Hume of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival directs. Tickets cost $21, $18 for seniors and $6 for students.

AUDITIONS: Auditions are open for Rogue Community College's production of "Working," Studs Terkel's Tony-nominated musical with songs by James Taylor and Stephen Schwartz. Auditions are set for 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in RCC's new performance space at 101 S. Front St., Medford (entrance faces Central Avenue). Rehearsals will begin in April, and performances will be held in May. Call 541-245-7585 or email rdanko@roguecc.edu for information.

AUDITIONS: Southern Oregon Senior Theatre will hold auditions Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30. Those interested may read from prepared monologues or have one provided. No experience is necessary. Backstage help also is needed. Call 541-776-9118 or email info@oregonconservatory.org for an appointment. See www.oregonconservatory.org for information.