Live Rogue Valley theater, streaming plays: Aug. 19
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Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250. Group and discounted season packages, as well as special rate performances are available. Box Office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. See website or call box office for current COVID-19 requirements.
‘Spotlight on Joni Mitchell’: Among the singer-songwriters who emerged in the 1960s, none were as adventurous, incisive, or influential as Joni Mitchell. Her melodious tunes support her poetic and often very personal lyrics to make her one of the most authentic artists of her time. As a performer, she is widely hailed for her unique style of playing guitar. Mitchell’s unflinching struggle for her own artistic independence has made her a role model for many other musicians. She first became famous for penning “Both Sides Now”, a song that helped launch the career of Judy Collins. Her first album appeared in 1968, which featured her voice and her acoustic guitar with virtually no other accompaniment on most songs. This performance features her hit songs including “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Both Sides Now,” “Chelsea Morning,” “Free Man in Paris,” and more. Julia Holden-Hunkins stars as Mitchell, directed by Spencer Funk. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 5-28. Tickets are $33-$38, $10 for students with ID; $20 rush tickets, if available, can be purchased 10-minutes before curtain time.
‘Catch Me If You Can’: Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, “Catch Me If You Can” is a high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager, Frank Abignale, Jr., runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination, and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. When Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent, Carl Hanratty, he pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes. Directed by Todd Nielsen and Jonathan Pratt Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 21-Oct. 30. Tickets are $20-$38.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre: 241 Hargadine St, on the corner of First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets and information are available at oregoncabaret.com or by calling 541-488-2902. Reservations are required for pre-show dinner and brunch. Appetizers, beverages and desserts are available without reservations. See website or call box office for current COVID-19 requirements. Student rush tickets are $15 and can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain with valid ID, subject to availability. Group discounts available.
‘The Full Monty’: While spying on their wives at a “Girls’ Night Out,” a group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo see how much the women enjoy watching male strippers. Jealous, out of work, and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash — a strip show of their own. Based on the cult hit film of the same name, “The Full Monty,” a ten-time Tony Award nominee, is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesdays, and 1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 4. Were it movie, “The Full Monty” would be rated R for coarse language, adult situations, nudity, and alcohol use. Tickets are $43, $39 or $29.
‘Sherlock Holmes and the Final Problem’: Sherlock Holmes’ skills are put to the test when he goes head-to-head with his intellectual equal, criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty. After repeated attempts on his life, Holmes is rejoined by his recently married friend Dr. Watson and the two attempt to thwart the Professor’s plans on a continent-spanning theatrical adventure that takes the audience from the safety of Holmes’ flat at 221B Baker Street to the heights of Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesdays, and 1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 15-Nov. 6. Were it movie, “Sherlock Holmes” would be rated PG, for some coarse humor, theatrical violence, and adult situations. Tickets are $43, $39 or $29.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161. Masks are required for all performances. See website or call box office for current COVID-19 requirements. Group discounts available.
O! digital: OSF’s interactive and immersive digital content platform, O!, can be accessed for free at osfashland.org/digital. Some content will be accessed for a fee, including streaming plays.
‘Once on This Island’: Once on a golden and verdant Caribbean island, a little girl is rescued from a disastrous storm by four gods — Asaka, Mother of the Earth; Agwé, god of Water; Erzulie, goddess of Love; and Papa Ge, demon of Death. So starts the myth told in this breathtaking story of Black joy and sorrow, the aftermath of colonization and isolation, and the triumph of love against all forces. Told with Caribbean rhythms and instruments, this Tony Award-winning musical is a testament that a beautiful story simply told has the power to inspire and heal all. Directed by Lili-Anne Brown. Tickets are $35 to $75. The show runs through Oct. 30 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘The Tempest’: For 12 years, banished Prospero has been living on a mystical island and using magic to subjugate its native inhabitants. With vengeance weighing heavily on his mind, he conjures a storm to bring ashore a passing ship carrying his enemies, who find themselves at the mercy of his supernatural machinations. This classic Shakespeare play explores the good, the bad, and the gray areas of human nature. Directed by Nicholas C. Avila. Tickets are $35 to $75. The show runs through Oct. 15, in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
‘Revenge Song —A Vampire Cowboys Creation’: Buckle up for a musical story about Julie d’Aubigny — a queer 17th-century rule-breaking, sword fighting, opera-singing transgressor of boundaries. It’ll be loud, it’ll be rowdy and hilarious! Qui Nguyen (OSF’s “Vietgone” and Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon”) sets this irreverent take on French history somewhere between the realms of superheroes and comic books and asks what it means to bust through your prescribed roles into who you truly are. Music by Shane Rettig, with lyrics by Qui Nguyen and Robert Ross Parker. Directed by Robert Ross Parker. Tickets are $35 to $75. The show runs through Oct. 14 in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
‘King John’: A corrupt monarch faces an unruly court and fights to hold onto the crown at all costs through political intrigue and warmongering. “King John” features a cast of 12 female and non-gender-binary performers — speaking directly to our current fractured political moment and bringing new meaning to Shakespeare’s powerful play about power itself. Directed by Rosa Joshi. Tickets are $35 to $75. The show runs Aug. 17-Oct. 28, in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘Confederates’: An enslaved woman turned Union spy and a brilliant professor in a modern-day private university are facing similar struggles, though they live over a century apart. This play by MacArthur genius award-winner Dominique Morisseau leaps through time to trace the identities of two brilliant Black women and explores the reins that racial and gender bias still hold on American systems today. Directed by Nataki Garrett; an American Revolutions Commission West Coast Premiere. Tickets are $35 to $75. The show runs Aug. 23-Oct. 29, in the Thomas Theatre.
Randall Theatre: Ghostlight Playhouse, 115 E. Main St., Medford. Tickets and information are available at randalltheatre.com or by calling 541-690-8810. Pick-your-price tickets are available 30 minutes before shows, subject to availability. See website or call box office for current COVID-19 requirements.
‘Waiting Star’: Randal Theatre presents “Waiting Star,” a romantic, musical comedy based on characters found in Shakespeare’s “Henry IV, Part One”, “Henry IV, Part Two” and “Henry V.” The story follows Shakespeare’s favorite rogue, Falstaff, and his frequent tavern companion Prince Hal. Hal is destined to become one of England’s greatest kings but, at this point in his life, the only thing on his mind is where the next tankard of ale will come from. Then one night, a mysterious young woman comes into the Boar’s Head Tavern claiming that she is Falstaff’s long lost daughter. This sets into motion a series of events leading to romance and a plot to take down the crown – all served up with a side of Falstaff’s shenanigans. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 5-21. Tickets are $20; a livestream of the performance is available for $15.