Rogue Valley theater scene: Nov. 1
Ashland Contemporary Theatre: Tickets can be purchased at ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org, at Paddington Station in Ashland, Grocery Outlet in Medford, or at the door. Call 541-646-2971 for information.
‘Third’: In playwright Wendy Wasserstein’s final play, “Third,” Professor Laurie Jameson has challenged patriarchal thinking for the past 30 years, transforming humanities studies in her Ivy League college. But with the outbreak of the Iraq War, Laurie’s latest student, Woodson Bull III — simply called “Third” — pushes all the wrong buttons. She calls him “a walking red state,” and denounces his brilliant term paper as plagiarism. But is she right? Or have stereotypes and prejudice gotten the better of her intellectual honesty? The professor’s private struggles with her relationships, her age and the nation’s adversarial politics inflate Third from jockish student to personal nemesis — with results that force Laurie to reconsider her perspective and integrity. Directed by Jeannine Grizzard and starring Livia Genise and Adam Kilgore. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 1-23, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 3-24, at Carpenter Hall, 15 S. Pioneer St., on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus in Ashland. Tickets are $18.
Ashland High School Theatre: Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets can be purchased online at showtix4u.com, or in Ashland at the AHS Main Office; Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St.; Tree House Books, 15 N. Main St.; Music Coop, 268 E. Main St. or by calling 1-866-967-8167.
‘Urinetown — The Musical’: A terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public bathrooms, regulated by one evil company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. A hero, Bobby, decides he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom. Wickedly funny and full of wit, the show parodies musical theatre itself, tipping its hat and winking at many of the iconic Broadway musicals. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1- 9, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. Tickets are $15-$20, $12 for students under 18 and seniors 65 and older.
Barnstormers Theatre: 112 Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. See barnstormersgp.org or call 541-479-3557 for tickets. Group discounts are available.
‘Quilters the Musical’: This is the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters. A rich mosaic of scenes captures the sweep and the beauty, the terror and the joy, the harsh challenges and the abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories intertwined with music and dance depicts the lot of women on the frontier — girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness, death — but also love, warmth, rich and lively humor, plus simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. Directed by Denise Baker with music director Brian Kerns and choreographer Erica Bury. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 10. Regular tickets are $23. The Legacy quilt used in the play was created by several local quilters and will be raffled off at the end of the play. Raffle tickets will be $5 each and available at the box office and at each performance.
Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250.
‘Spotlight On Motown’: Giving rise to the careers of such famous artists as Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder, Motown is the label that has defined R&B music for generations. The brainchild of Berry Gordy, the Detroit record label has sold billions of albums and has had innumerable Billboard Top 10 hits. From “Please, Mr. Postman” and “My Girl” to “Dancin’ In The Streets”, “Reach Out And I’ll Be There,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours),” Camelot Theatre pays tribute to this iconic record label featuring the band The Rogue Suspects: Dave Bolen, Shae Celine, Jade Chavis, Jennifer Davis, Greg Frederick, Don Harriss, Bishop Mayfield and Dirk Price. Curtain is set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays Oct. 31- Nov. 9, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. Tickets are $20 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.
‘It’s A Wonderful Life’: An adaptation by Joe Landy of Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film by the same name is presented as a captivating 1940s radio broadcast. CTP Radio Days actors will present a full-length entertainment using the tools of radio with a visual assist and a live sound effects table to bring this classic story of love and redemption to life. Directed by Daniel Sessions Stephens. Performances are set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, Nov. 3-12, and at 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. Tickets are $15.
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% discount is available for groups of 10 or more.
‘Sweeney Todd’: Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece tells the story of Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, who returns to 19th-century London seeking vengeance on the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, whose fortunes rise when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up. With both music and lyrics by Sondheim, Sweeney Todd contains more than 20 musical numbers, including “Johanna,” “A Little Priest,” “The Worst Pies in London,” and “City on Fire.” Directed and choreographed by Michael Jenkinson. Performances are set for at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and select Monday and Wednesday nights, through Nov. 9, and at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 10. Tickets are $43, $39 or $29. Please note this musical contains graphic scenes of violence and murder.
‘Miracle on 34th Street, a Live Musical Radio Play’: When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court, and a littlegirl’s belief makes the difference in the “miracle.” With live Foley effects and a score of holiday carols, “Miracle on 34th St.” is a beloved musical that will melt even the most cynical of hearts. Adapted from Jon Lorenz’ 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast of the classic Christmas story and directed by Galloway Stevens. Performances are set for at 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday through Saturday, and select Tuesday and Sunday nights, Nov. 21 through Dec. 31, and at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 23 through Dec. 29. There are no performances on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. A preview night will be offered at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. Preview tickets are $29 for all seats. Regular tickets are $43, $39, and $29.
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.
‘Hedda Gabler’: Widely regarded as the father of modern drama, Henrik Ibsen created his most memorable character in Hedda Gabler, the free-spirited, strong-minded general’s daughter, dangerously chafing against the restraints placed on women in the late 19th century. The questions bedeviling Hedda are still relevant today: What does it cost a woman to be “likable”? Can she be strong but not bossy, smart but not scary? Can she break free of the tropes of femininity or is she doomed, even in her own life, to fail the Bechdel Test? Directed by Jackie Apodaca. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 7-17, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16-17. Tickets are $20, $15 for senior. Student discounts are available by calling the box office.
‘Angels in America Part Two — Perestroika’: The second part of Tony Kushner’s epic masterpiece, “Angels in America,” “Perestroika” means “restructuring,” an apt title for a play about people struggling to repair broken relationships and damaged lives. At its heart are two polar opposite AIDS patients: The reluctant “prophet” Prior, who sees angels, and the notorious reactionary Roy Cohn, who sees the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg. “Perestroika” offsets end-of-the-world dread with a powerful affirmation of love and hope. Directed by Jim Edmondson. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 17-23, and at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-24. Tickets are $20, $15 for senior. Student discounts are available by calling the box office.
Randall Theatre: 20 S. Fir St., Medford. Tickets and information are available at randalltheatre.com or by calling 541-632-3258.
‘Evil Dead — The Musical’: This hilarious show takes all the elements of the cult classic films “The Evil Dead,” “Evil Dead 2” and “Army of Darkness” and combines them into one crazy theatrical experience. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash — a housewares employee turned demon-killing hero — and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes — and all to music. Performances are set for 7 p.m. through Nov. 2. Tickets are $20. Please note ages 17 and under will not be admitted without an adult, and there is a “splatter zone.”At least the first three rows will get you “bloody,” and there is a chance of getting “blood” on you even if you are outside the zone. Don’t wear any clothes or bring any items you don’t wish to get stained.
Rogue Theater Company: The Black Swan Theater, 100 E. Main St., Ashland. See roguetheatercompany.com or call 541-205-9190.
‘ ’night, Mother’: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and nominated for four Tony Awards, Marsha Norman’s “`night, Mother” has been celebrated for its heart-wrenching specificity and catharti force. The play is a portrayal of one woman’s decision to end her own life and her mother’s attempts to change her mind. In their evening together, the mother-daughter bond between Jessie and Mama is stronger than ever, making it possible for Jessie to enter a quieter, calmer existence with closure and love. Directed by Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Caroline Shaffer, the play features actors Andrea Hochkeppel and Jessica Sage. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 1-16, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 3-17. Proceeds from the opening night performance on Friday, Nov. 1, will benefit Community Works and the Maslow Project. Tickets for the opening night are $25. Regular tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and students.