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Local live theatre, livestreamed plays: Feb. 26

Oregon Cabaret Theatre reopens with ‘The Spitfire Grill’

The Ashland dinner theater, 241 Hargadine St., on the corner of First and Hargadine streets, will reopen Friday, Feb. 26, with “The Spitfire Grill,” a new take on the hit musical, with the cast playing their own instruments as an onstage orchestra. In the show, Percy, a parolee just released from prison, arrives in a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill, the only eatery in a struggling town. It is for sale, but there are no takers, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars, and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Directed by Valerie Rachelle. Performances are set for 1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesday nights, beginning Friday, Feb. 26, through Sunday, April 18. Tickets are $43 or $39. Reservations are required for pre-show dinner and brunch. Appetizers, beverages and desserts are available without reservations. Student rush tickets are $15 and can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain. COVID-19 safety measures include masks being worn at all times when not eating, temperature checks at the door, tables 6 feet apart and 12 feet from performers, and limited capacity (maximum of 42 patrons to adhere to Jackson County’s “high risk” status). To purchase tickets or for additional information, call the Oregon Cabaret Theatre box office at 541-488-2902 or see oregoncabaret.com.

Ashland New Plays Festival: ‘Lonesomes’

ANPF will present a new play, “Lonesomes,” by Octavio Solis and directed by ANPF Artistic Director Jackie Apodaca at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, and again at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, via Zoom. Written in and for isolation, “Lonesomes” includes companion pieces “Conrado.” In part one, “Conrado,” Armando Durán plays a man dogged by his past sins, looking for companionship or maybe salvation. In part two, we meet Pornhub worker Jesse, who goes by the name of Paisley Blue. Played by Isabel Pask, Jesse is looking for someone to make her feel wanted, or at least not so alone. These intimate, lyrical portraits of two people, separated by more than lockdowns and travel restrictions, show them grappling with the past and what it means for their future. Please note the play includes mature themes and may not be appropriate for younger audiences. Each performance will conclude with a conversation with the playwright and director about creating and connecting during a global pandemic. Virtual tickets are available on a donation basis. See ashlandnewplays.org/season.

Barnstormers Theatre: ‘Postmortem’

Barnstormers Theatre will present “Postmortem” by Ken Ludwig, directed by Steven Sabel. Set in the early 1920s, famous actor William Gillette, best known for being the first man to portray Sherlock Holmes on the theatrical stage, invites some of the actors from his Broadway production to spend the weekend at his home in Connecticut. Soon it becomes apparent that there is a murder to be solved, and suspense increases as they characters work to find who among them is the cold-blooded killer. The production will be shown via livestream and to limited live audiences, unless COVID-19 restrictions prevent in-person viewing. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, April 10-24, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, April 11-25. Tickets are $15 for up to two viewers, $30 for 3-4 viewers, and $50 for 5 or more viewers. The livestream performances will take place on ShowTix4U. Viewers should be advised that there are gunshots in this production. “Postmortem” is recommended for ages 13 and up. See barnstormersgp.com for more information and details on upcoming shows, or email at barnstormersgp@gmail.com or call 541-479-3557 with questions.

Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University: ‘Alcestis’ and ‘Polaroid Stories’

The theatre program at Southern Oregon University will present two virtual plays, “Polaroid Stories” and a new adaptation of “Alcestis.” Inspired by Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” “Polaroid Stories” blends mythology and the real-life stories of street kids scraping by on society’s margins. Written by Naomi Izuka and directed by Bria Walker, the play is drawn largely from interviews the playwright conducted with runaways, prostitutes and drug dealers. “Alcestis,” directed by SOU professor David McCandless, is an ancient Greek play by Euripides, an unconventional tragicomedy. In the play, Admetus, king of Thessaly, is able to avoid an early death ordained by the Fates. The catch is that he must find someone to die in his place — only his brave wife Alcestis is up to the task. Performances of “Polaroid Stories” are set for 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, and again at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. “Alcestis” will show at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 and Sunday, Feb. 28, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. Tickets to both plays are free, but registration is required for “Polaroid Stories” and a private link will be sent in a confirmation email after registration. Register for “Polaroid Stories” at sou.universitytickets.com. To watch the public livestream of “Alcestis,” see Youtube.com/OregonCenterfortheArts.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

OSF launches its revamped O! virtual portal March 1 with archived plays available for viewing plus the promise of new online content. Live performances are anticipated in the late summer and fall. See osfashland.org for details. O!, OSF’s interactive and immersive digital content platform, can be accessed for free at osfashland.org/digital. Some content will be accessed for a fee. Other content available or in development includes interviews, digital storytelling, online classes, podcasts, audio plays and more. To receive updates and release information, go to osfashland.org/digital and click on the “Join O!” button at the bottom of the page.

The face of Grey Turner as D in "Polaroid Stories" looms over the pictures. "Polaroid Stories" is one of two virtual plays the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University will put on this weekend. See listing below. Photo illustration by Caleb Hefner.{ }