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Plays on local theaters: Nov. 17, 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 the 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 show 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, at www.ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org, by calling 541-646-2971 or at the door.

ASHLAND HIGH SCHOOL: "The 39 Steps," a Tony Award-winning spoof of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 motion picture, 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 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. 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. 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.

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. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 20. Tickets cost $20.

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: See Spotlight, this page; see story on Page 2

RANDALL THEATRE COMPANY: 10 E. Third St., Medford. Tickets are available at www.randalltheatre.com or at the door.

highlights from the carol Burnett show: A revue of side-splitting skits from "Carol Burnett and Friends" will be presented at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 4, except Nov. 25-27. Look for such classics as "Pigeon Lady," "As the Stomach Turns" and "Guess What's Coming to Dinner." Rob Pendell directs a cast of local actors. Tickets cost $15, $12 for seniors and children.

Rogue Community College: 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.

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. Thursday through Saturday, 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.