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Plays in local theaters: Nov. 10, 2011

ASHLAND CONTEMPORARY THEATRE: "It's Only a Play," a comedy by playwright Terrence McNally, will show at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 17-19; Monday, Nov. 21; Friday through Sunday, Nov. 25-27; Monday, Nov. 28; Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3; and Monday, Dec. 5, at Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Matinees will be available at 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 20 and Dec. 4. "It's Only a Play" is a send-up of show business. It's all prayers for the cast and creators of a new Broadway as they wait for critics' reviews, then pandemonium sets in. Tickets cost $15, $12 for seniors and $8 for students. A pay-what-you-can performance will be offered Monday, Nov. 21. Tickets are available at Paddington Station in Ashland, Grocery Outlet in Medford and www.ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org, by calling 541-646-2971 or at the door.

ASHLAND HIGH SCHOOL: "The 39 Steps," a 2008 Tony Award-winning spoof of the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock movie, will 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. Thursdays through Saturdays, Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 17-19, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. Reserved seating costs $15, general seating costs $10 and seating for full-time students (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. Students 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.

SPOTLIGHT ON THE BLUE DIVAS: Camelot Theatre showcases the singers who sang the blues in the Roaring '20s, an era when jazz and blues flourished in America and singers such as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and others stepped into the recording studios. The show features Gayle Wilson, who wrote the script, and Jade Chavis Watt. Musical arrangements are by Michael Vannice. The show previews Thursday, Nov. 10, opens Friday, Nov. 11, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 20. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Preview tickets cost $16, $20 for all others.

AUDITIONS: Camelot Theatre company will hold general auditions for its 2012 productions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the theater. Auditions are by appointment only. Roles will be available for "All the King's Men," "Gypsy," "King of City Island," "1776," "Woody Guthrie's American Song," "The Best Man" and "42nd St." Call 541-535-5250 for an appointment.

LECTURE: Livia Genise, artistic director for Camelot Theater, will discuss the theater company's 2012 shows at noon Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.

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.

CABARET CHRISTMAS: OCT's holiday production will include traditional holiday songs, hilarious parodies, favorites from past shows and lots of funny and touching original songs and sketches. Look for a tap-dancing Santa, an Eskimo tango and party-planning tips from the Minnesota Lutheran Ladies. The holiday fun will showcase performers Kymberli Colbourne, Christopher George Patterson, Meagan Iverson, Natasha Harris and Paul Wrona. Jim Giancarlo and Colbourne direct. The show previews Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 16-17, opens Friday, Nov. 18, and runs through Dec. 31. Performances are set for 8 p.m. nightly, except Nov. 21, 24, 28, 29 and Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 24 and 25. Matinees will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, except Dec. 25. Preview tickets cost $19. Tickets cost $35 for Friday and Saturday evenings, $25 for Sunday evenings, $31 for weeknights, $29 for Saturday and Sunday matinees and $16 for bistro seating.

PHOENIX HIGH SCHOOL: "Pride and Prejudice," playwright Jon Jory's adaptation of the Jane Austen classic, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-19, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, in the Rose Theater on the high school's campus, 745 N. Rose St. Tickets cost $10, $5 for students and seniors, and are available at the door. Call 541-535-1526.

Rogue Community College AUDITIONS: Auditions are set for RCC's production of "Working," Studs Terkel's Tony-nominated musical with songs by James Taylor and Stephen Schwartz, from 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 (the 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.

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 discounts.

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. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 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.