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Plays: Friday, October 26

Playwright Joe Calarco’s charming comedy about two women — a liberal named Margaret and a conservative named Patty — grounded at an airport during a storm, focuses on a difficult, revealing and frank conversation that results in mutual understanding between the political opposites in "Walter Cronkite is Dead." Jeannine Grizzard directs. Presila Quinby and Elizabeth Suzanne play the roles. Performances are set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, then 8 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 3, 10 and 17, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 4, 11 and 18, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Tickets are $18 and available at ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org, Paddington Station in Ashland and Grocery Outlet in Medford, or at the door. Reserved seats are available online. Call 541-646-2971 for information.

Mountain Avenue Theatre: Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Call 541-482-8771 for information and group sales. Tickets can be purchased at showtix4u.com, by calling 866-967-8167, or at Paddington Station, Tree House Books or Music Coop. Group information is available by calling 541-482-8771.

‘Shooting Stars’: Playwright Molly Newman’s drama looks at an all-female basketball team as its owner, a man, oversees every aspect of their lives: diet, hair styles, language and the way they’re allowed to play the game. When an unexpected event changes everything, the women have the chance to chart their own destinies. Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Barret O’Brien directs. The cast includes Nicky Clary, Carmen Kerr, Allie Poole, Samara French, Brooklyn Williams, Avabella Ross, Elena Schmeling and Kylah Ward. Set design is by Richard Hay. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Nov. 1-3 and 8-10, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 4 and 11. Tickets are $15 for reserved seating, $10 for general seating, $7 for students and seniors. Reserved seating is available only online.

Barnstormers Theatre: 112 Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. See barnstormersgp.org or call 541-479-3557 for tickets. Group discounts are available.

‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night’: When an autistic 15-year-old sets out to solve the murder of his neighbor’s poodle, he discovers more truth than he ever imagined about his own life. Based on the book by Mark Hadden, and adapted by Simon Stephens, Madelin DeCourcy directs. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. Tickets are $15.

Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250.

‘Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead’: In dark comedic fashion, Tom Stoppard follows the musings and misadventures of two friends of Shakespeare’s Prince Hamlet as they unwittingly lead themselves to their own deaths by forces they are unable to comprehend. Alex Boyles and Erny Rosales star. Gwen Overland directs. Overland sets the play in a world chaotic after a series of natural disasters, including wildfires, floods, tropical storms and hurricanes. Set is by Nico Hewitt, costumes by Cherelle Guyton, lighting by Bart Grady and sound by Brian O’Connor. The show opens Friday, Oct. 26, and runs through Nov. 11. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $27 to $34. A performance to benefit the Oregon Shakespere Festival’s Rising project will be on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $25.

Collaborative Theater Project: 555 Medford Center, Medford. Tickets and information are available at ctporegon.org, by calling 541-779-1055 or at the box office.

‘Summerland’: Ghosts, strange occurrences and mysterious twists and turns fill playwright Arlitia Jones’ study of the Spiritualist movement of the late 19th century. Susan Aversa-Orrego directs. Oregon Shakespeare Festival veteran Russell Lloyd plays spirit photographer William H. Mumler; Jeff Ripley is Chief Marshal Joseph Tooker, a lawman determined to bring Mumler to justice; and Jessica Mengel plays Mumler’s strange and mysterious wife. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Wednesday, Oct. 31, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, $18 for students.

‘Don’t Tell Jane’: This Jane Austen vampire spoof by actor and educator William Coyne is set for readings at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. Coyne’s fun-filled script begins with classic Austin characters, and moves into an eerie realm of the undead. Tickets are $5 at the door.

North Medford High School: In the Lynn Sjolund auditorium, 1900 N. Keene Way Drive. Reserved seating is available at search.seatyourself.biz/webstore/accounts/nmdrama/buy-tix?d=0. General admission seating is available at the door.

‘Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee’: Hercule Poirot and his friend, Arthur Hastings, are summoned to visit a famous physicist, Sir Claud Amory. When they arrive, they discover Amory is murdered. Poirot must solve the mystery of a stolen formula and deduce which of Sir Claud’s house guests is the killer. NMHS’ Black Tornado Theater, directed by Geoff Brabham, will present it production at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct 25, and 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct 27. Tickets are $7 general seating, $10 for cabaret-style seating.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre: 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. Student rush tickets are $10 and can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain. A 20 percent discount is available for groups of 10 or more.

‘The Rocky Horror Show’: This humorous musical tribute to science fiction and horror B movies with music, lyrics and book by Richard O’Brien will be presented at 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, Monday, Oct. 29, and Wednesday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $22 or $36 for the 8 p.m. shows; $36 for the 11 p.m. shows. Dinner reservations are available only for the 8 p.m. shows; appetizers and desserts are available for the 11 p.m. shows. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. shows; 10:15 p.m. for the 11 p.m. shows.

‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’: Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meet in 1904 in a Parisian cafe, just before the scientist transforms physics with his theory of relativity and the painter sets the art world on fire with cubism. Steve Martin toys with the genius of the two men and the intersection of art and science in his playfully self-referential story. Valerie Rachelle directs. Stephen Kline plays Einstein, and Stefan Espinosa plays Picasso. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays, and select Wednesdays; and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Nov. 11. Tickets $36, with limited $22 bistro seating.

Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University: Theatre Arts Building, 491 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are available at oca.sou.edu/box-office or by calling 541-552-6348.

‘Small Mouth Sounds’: A motley crew of spiritual seekers find their vows of silence at odds with their need to connect during a five-day silent retreat in this sly satire of boutique spirituality and enlightenment by playwright Bess Wohl. Jackie Apodaca directs. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Nov. 1-3 and Nov. 8-10, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11, in the Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and $5 for full-time students.

‘Into the Woods’: This cavalcade of fractured fairy tales set to irresistibly rich music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine intertwines the plots of Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault tales to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. Paul Barnes directs. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturdays, Nov. 8-10 and Nov. 15-17, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18, in the Main Stage Theatre. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and $5 for sull-time students.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161.

‘Snow in Midsummer’: When a young woman is sentenced to death, she curses her city from beyond the grave with a catastrophic drought. Three years later, the residents of the parched, locust-plagued city are forced to face a past no one wants to remember. Playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s update of a classic Chinese drama into a modern ghost story explores the legacy of trauma, the heart of injustice and the lengths to which we go for love. Justin Audibert directs. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

‘Henry V’: Actor Daniel Jose Molina completes his immersive three-play transformation from reckless party-boy Prince Hal to the shrewd and ruthless young leader King Henry V. The new king audaciously lays claim to the French throne, courts a princess with whom he does not share a language and takes his place on history’s stage in a series of battles still commemorated in England today. Rosa Joshi of Seattle makes her directorial debut at OSF. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Thomas Theatre.

‘Manahatta’: Securities trader Jane Snake is torn between worlds. Her return to Wall Street brings her to Manahatta (“Island of Many Hills” in Lenape), the homeland of her Native American ancestors who were violently forced to evacuate in the 1600s. Meanwhile, her family in Oklahoma struggles to save their language, their culture and their over-mortgaged home. OSF presents the premiere of Mary Kathryn Nagle’s look at the tragic consequences of commercial exploits. Playwright Nagle also is a partner at Pipestem Law, a firm specializing in sovereignty of Native tribes and people, and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Laurie Woolery directs. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Thomas Theatre.

‘Oklahoma!’: It’s a beautiful morning whenever Curly sees Laurey, but Laurey’s not so sure about Curly. And Will loves Ado Andy, but Andy loves ... well, everyone. Meanwhile, in the 1906 Oklahoma Territory, farmers and ranchers lock horns in a battle over water rights and fences. This musical — with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein — brims with show-stopping songs and heartfelt storytelling. Director Bill Rauch breaks new ground with same-sex lead couples and other LGBTQ+ casting that affirms the identity spectrum in an insightful celebration of love in its many forms. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

‘The Way the Mountain Moved’: When four men set out in the 1850s to survey a route for a new continental railroad, they cross paths with lost pioneers, cautious Native Americans, and an African-American Mormon couple unsure whether to befriend, fight or flee the newcomers. Whose dreams will prevail? This play by Idris Goodwin joins other OSF American Revolutions commissions that explore key moments of change in U.S. history. May Adrales directs. The show runs through Oct. 28 in the Thomas Theatre.

‘Othello’: Those who praised Moorish general Othello’s military successes now reject his marriage to Venetian Desdemona. The newlyweds are determined to overcome all obstacles, but Othello’s assignment to a new location draws them into the demonic web of his lieutenant Iago in Shakespeare’s most intimate tragedy. Bill Rauch directs. The show runs through Oct. 28 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

‘Sense and Sensibility’: When Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters are tossed out of their home by a selfish half-brother, marriage prospects become bleak, and when love — or what looks like love — comes calling for the girls, they are whirled into a tangle of gossip, scandal and unexpected fortune. Kate Hamill’s adaptation of the novel by Jane Austen is directed by Hana S. Sharif. The show runs through Oct. 28 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

Randall Theatre: 20 S. Fir St., Medford. Tickets and information are available at randalltheatre.com or by calling 541-632-3258. Pay-what-you-want tickets are available 30 minutes before shows, subject to availability.

‘Evil Dead’: This laugh-out-loud musical follows five college students who unwittingly unleash an evil force. Book and lyrics are by George Reinblatt, a rock ‘n’ roll score by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and Reinblatt. Rated R for language, adult situations and gore, no one under 17 will be admitted without accompanying adults. The first two rows of seats in the theater’s sections will be designated “spatter zones” for fake blood. Shows are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 30-31, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Tickets are $20. Combo packages include a reserved ticket for “Evil Dead” and a general admission ticket for Randall’s Nightmare Chamber haunted house.

Nightmare Chamber Haunted House: This year’s theme for Randall’s horror haunt is “The Evil Dead,” after the 1981 film by director Sam Raimi. at Randall’s Warehouse Theatre, 10 E. Third St., Medford. Sequels to the film, “Evil Dead 2” and “Army of Darkness,” released in 1987 and 1992. Visitors familiar with the series will recognize iconic scenes, designed by Randall Executive Director Robin Downward. The haunt will be open at 7 p.m. Friday through Wednesday, Oct. 26-31, and Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3. Tickets are $12. Tickets discounted $2 can be purchased at all Magic Man Fun Shops in Medford and Grants Pass. Fast passes are $15 and allow visitors to skip wait time. Regular tickets can be upgraded to Fast Passes for $5 at the door. Combo packages, including a reserved ticket for “Evil Dead” and a general admission ticket for Randall’s Nightmare Chamber haunted house, are available.

Theatre Convivio: Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Tickets are available ao.com, or by calling 541-415-0394.

‘Blood Wedding’: Emotions and tensions rise when a bride-to-be’s wedding is jeopardized the the arrival of a former lover in this folk tragedy by Spanish poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca. Richard A. Heller directs. Tristan Cameron, Sheila Dickens and Luisa Witt star in the large cast. The show previews Wednesday, Oct. 31, opens Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 11. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors, $10 for students, and can be purchased at brownpapertickets or at the door.

Puppeteers for Fears: puppeteersforfears@gmail.com. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com.

‘Robopocalypse’: Puppeteers for Fears will present its new musical, “Robopocalypse,” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland. The show, with music and script by Josh Gross, features handmade puppets to tell the story of a teen hacker who builds a sentient robot that becomes a malevolent artificial intelligence that only she can stop. Alyssa Marie Mathews directs. A full band — Gross on synthesizers, Derek Deon on guitars, bassist Beau Shepherd and drummer Brandon Amadour — will provide the score. Tickets are $10 or $20.

'Walter Cronkite is Dead'