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Plays on local theaters: Nov. 25, 2011

ASHLAND CONTEMPORARY THEATRE: "It's Only a Play," a comedy by playwright Terrence McNally, will show at 8 p.m. 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. A matinee is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, 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. Tickets are available at Paddington Station in Ashland, Grocery Outlet in Medford, www.ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org, by calling 541-646-2971 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.

the scarlet pimpernel: The romantic, swashbuckling musical about the French Revolution, with book and lyrics by Nan Knighton and music by Frank Wildhorn, will preview Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, open Friday, Dec. 2, and run through Dec. 31. Funny and passionate, the story begins when a French actress falls for an English lord and her former lover blackmails her for secret information. When her new husband hears of the plot, he and his compatriots form The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel and wage clandestine war against the French. The cast includes Tim Homsley, Kelly Jean Hammond and Darek Riley, among others. Livia Genise directs. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets for the Nov. 30 performance cost $23, and proceeds will be benefit Soroptimists International. Tickets for the Dec. 1 preview cost $12. A pay-what-you-can performance will be offered at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. All other tickets cost $23, $21 for students and seniors. A Christmas Eve matinee will be presented at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24.

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. Performances are set for 8 p.m. nightly, except Nov. 24, 28, 29 and Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 24 and 25, through Dec. 31. 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.

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

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