Theater: Wednesday, Jan. 23
Oak Street Dance Studio: 1287 Oak St., Ashland. Tickets available at prufrocksworld.brownpapertickets.com.
‘Prufrock’s World’: British actor John Rainer will present a dramatic exploration of T.S. Eliot’s early poems at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and 2 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Oak Street Dance Studio, 1287 Oak St., Ashland. Set in a small theater in the basement of The Old Hall Hotel in Buxton, England, Rainer brings Eliot’s characters to life for a funny, full-of-pathos, touching and magical experience. Ranier was born in Staffordshire and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. A longtime resident of New York City, his film and television credits include “Law and Order,” “Scent of a Woman” and “Private Parts.” On Broadway, he appeared in Alan Ayckbourn’s “Taking Steps,” a revival of Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus,” and Tom Stoppard’s “The Invention of Love.” He now resides in Ashland. “Prufrock’s World” was successfully presented in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and England. Tickets are $20, $10 for students.
Ashland New Plays Festival: See ashlandnewplays.org.
‘#GodHatesYou’: ANPF and Curious Theatre Company of Denver present a dramatic reading of “#GodHatesYou,” written by Emily Dendinger, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Centered around a young woman raised at the center of a rigorous and vitriolic church, the play follows her transformation after she posts her beliefs on social media. The reading features Jackie Apodaca, Cameron Davis, John Alan Hulbert, John Jurcheck, Scott Kaiser, Stephanie Neuerburg, Nolan Sanchez and Martha Thatcher. Curious Theatre Company founder Chip Walton directs. Dramaturgy is by Dee Covington. Inspired by an article in The New Yorker about the experiences of a young woman who grew up in a Baptist church, this play has been in development with Curious Theatre Company and Dendinger since 2015. Tickets are $20.
Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250.
‘Spotlight on Creedence Clearwater Revival’: Scriptwriter and musician Dave Bernard and the East Main Band — Will Bartell, Mike Gardiner, Ken Kigel, Craig Mather and Mike Dadaos — will showcase the history and music of singer and songwriter John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival. The rock band was successful in the ‘60s and ‘70s, Fogerty on lead guitar and vocals, his brother Tom Fogerty on rhythm guitar, Stu Cook on bass and Doug Clifford on drums. Despite their San Francisco Bay Area origin, they played a Southern rock style with lyrics about bayous, catfish and the Mississippi River, along with politically conscous lyrics about the war in Vietnam. Look for hit songs “Born on the Bayou,” “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Lodi,” “Down on the Corner” and “Fortunate Son.” More than half of the show’s dialogue is provided from videotaped interviews with Fogerty and Creedence members. Sound and video design is by Brian O’Connor. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 3. Tickets are $28 to $36.
Collaborative Theatre Project: 555 Medford Center, Medford. Tickets and information are available at ctpmedford.org, by calling 541-779-1055 or at the box office. Group rates are available.
‘The Glass Menagerie’: Tennessee Williams’ portrait of a fragile young woman, her domineering mother, and the brother who is a frustrated, aspiring poet, is the memory play that made Williams famous. Called a “memory play,” it closely reflects his own unhappy family background. Lisa-Marie Newton plays Amanda Wingfield, an aging Southern belle who regales her children with talk of her genteel upbringing; Christian Mengel plays Tom, the son whose job at a shoe factory supports the family; and Hazel-Marie Werfel plays the delicate Laura, whose painful shyness is compounded by a leg brace. When Amanda realizes Laura is incapable of completing a business college course she enrolled her daughter in, she becomes determined to find her daughter the right husband. Russell Lloyd directs. Lloyd calls “The Glass Menagerie” an apology or confession. Tom invites the audience into a nagging memory that he must share or be forever haunted by the unrelenting presence of the home and family he left behind. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 10. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and students, and $18 for ages 17 and younger.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre: First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets and information are available at theoregoncabaret.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.
‘Beehive: The ’60s Musical’: Told from the perspective of six young women who came of age in the enigmatic ’60s, this musical looks back on a range of topics from the girls’ first dance to the challenges the U.S. faced as a nation. Look for music by Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Diana Ross and Dusty Springfield. The show stars Rosharra Francis, Tamara Daly, Shae Celine, Asha Brownie-Gordon, Kristen Calvin and Carrie Lyn Brandon. Musical director is Mike Wilkins. Lauren Blair directs. The show previews Thursday, Jan. 31, opens Friday, Feb. 1, and runs through Sunday, March 31. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and selected Mondays and Wednesdays, and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $25 for the preview. All other tickets are $25, $36 or $39.
Outsider Theater: Tickets are available in advance at thelithiawaterdiaries.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.
‘The Lithia Water Diaries’: Ashland is full of stages ... and characters, and those characters will take the stage in “The Lithia Water Diaries,” a new play by writer Josh Gross that captures local culture with slice-of-life monologues you couldn’t hear anywhere else. It is in turns funny, shocking, heartwarming and provocative, using local archetypes to explore what it’s like to live in a multi-faceted community in the midst of rapid change. Gross directs, and Todd Lowenberg, Helen-Thea Marcus, Jordan Fernandez, Lauren Taylor, Chun-Han Chou and Hunter Prutch appear in the play. Shows are set for 8 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 16 and 23, and 3 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 17 and 24, in the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Tickets are $10, $15 or $20.