Rogue Valley theater scene: Feb. 14
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.
‘The Addams Family: The Musical”: In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family, sad is happy, pain is joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. The Addams Family have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years and would be happy to continue living that way. Wednesday, their daughter, is now an 18-year-old young woman who is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family — the most un-Addams sounding person one could be. And to make matters worse, she has invited the Beinekes to their home for dinner. In one fateful night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations — change. This school edition has been adapted from the original Off Broadway production to make it a show for the whole family. Directed by Peter Alzado. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-29, at 2 p.m. Sundays, March 1-8, and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 5-7. A preview will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Tickets for the preview are $12, regular showtime tickets are $23 for reserved seating, $18 for general seating, $13 for seniors 65 and older and students 18 or younger.
‘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. Sunday and Monday, March 29-30. Tickets are $15 to $20, $12 for students younger than 18 and seniors 65 and older.
Barret O’Brien Presents: Wesley Hall at the First United Methodist Church of Ashland, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. For tickets, see barretobrien.com, or go to Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., or Tree House Books, 15 N. Main St., in Ashland.
‘Water Made to Rise’: When three men, strangers to one another, are trapped in a bar by rising waters of a never-before-seen flood, they grapple with events that led them to be washed from their homes. Part comedy, part thriller, playwright Barret O’Brien’s production dramatizes climate change, distilling it into a story about people and a place. “Water Made to Rise” is a zero-waste production, meaning all props, sets and costumes are “upcycled” (built from found or repurposed materials). There are no programs or paper cup concessions. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Monday, Feb. 14 and Feb. 17, and Thursday, Sunday, Monday, Feb. 20-24; and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb.16-23.
Barnstormers Theatre: 112 Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. See barnstormersgp.org or call 541-479-3557 for tickets. Group discounts are available.
‘Revenge of the Space Pandas’: “Revenge of the Space Pandas,” (aka “Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock”) by David Mamet follows Binky Rudich, his friend Viv, and his almost-human sheep, Bob, as they tinker with a two-speed clock in the hopes of altering time — as Binky explains, “Time on Earth moves at the same speed all the time, but there is another speed, a slower speed, and if we could find it, everything would stand still on Earth and we would spin off.” When they mange to “spin off,” they find themselves traveling to Crestview, Fourth World in the Goolagong System, which is ruled by George Topax and guarded by the Great Space Pandas. When Supreme Ruler Topax commands that Bob be brought to him, never again to leave Goolagong, and steals the two-speed clock just to make sure, the excitement multiplies. Directed by Madeline DeCourcey. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 28 through March 14; at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12; at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, and Sunday, March 15; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8. Tickets are $18.
Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250.
‘A Little Night Music’: Stephen Sondheim creates a stunning tour de force when he takes Ingmar Bergman’s comedy of manners, “Smiles of a Summer Night,” and turns it into a musical of masterful execution and elegance. Winner of four Tony Awards, this is a musical work that has forever entranced the world of theatre. Set in 1900 Sweden, “A Little Night Music” explores the infinite possibilities of new romances, second chances and endless surprises. It is hilariously witty and filled with heartbreakingly moving moments of adoration, regret and desire. This dramatic musical celebration of love contains the Grammy Award winning song, the haunting “Send in the Clowns.” Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Feb. 27-March 21, at 2 p.m. Sundays, March 1-22. Tickets are $20 to $38. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, pay-what-you-can tickets will be offered. Thursday, Feb. 27, is the preview performance. Tickets for the preview are $20. An opening night gala will be held Friday, Feb. 28, with a wine and appetizer reception at 7 p.m. A benefit performance for Soroptimists International of Medford and Ashland will be given Wednesday, March 4. Tickets for the benefit show must be purchased directly from the Soroptimist organization; call the box office for contact information.
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.
‘Sherwood — The Adventures of Robin Hood’: This Ken Ludwig farce features six men and two women in a thrill-packed, romantic adventure. Full of laughter and immortal characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, the Sheriff of Nottingham and Maid Marian, the play tells the enduring story of a hero of the people who takes on the ruthless powers-that-be. Directed by Rick Robinson. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Tickets are $18 to $25.
‘The Revolutionists’: Lauren Gunderson’s creative and comic view of four historical personages of the French Revolution — Marie Antoinette, Charlotte Corday, Olympe de Gouges and Marianne Angelle — will come to life during a staged reading. The script is an irreverent comedy about four beautiful, strong women who lose their heads during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. The reading is designed for mature audiences, due primarily to strong language. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-29, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Livia Genise Productions: Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Tickets available at liviageniseproductions.org, or by cash or check at Paddington Station in Ashland, or at the door. Oregon Trail cards will be accepted at the door.
‘I Won’t Dance — A Tribute to the Life and Music of Fred Astaire’: Setting aside Fred Astaire’s dancing, this show focuses on his singing career. As a singer, Astaireintroduced more than 150 songs to the American songbook. The production celebrates his legacy with songs such as “Fascinating Rhythm,” “A Foggy Day in London Town,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “A Fine Romance,” “Night and Day,” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” The show stars David King-Gabriel and Rebecca K. Campbell on vocals and narration. Musical accompaniment is provided by Brent Olstad or Will MacBride on keyboard, Steve Fain on bass, Michael Vannice on sax, clarinet and flute, and Steve Sutfin on drums. Directed by Livia Genise, with musical arrangements and musical direction by Olstad and script by Charles Cherry. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Feb. 22, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 16 and 23. Tickets are $20.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre: 241 Hargadine St, on the corner of 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.
‘Steel Magnolias’: “Steel Magnolias” is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” go to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken and wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s curmudgeon, Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, and the local social leader, M’Lynn whose daughter, Shelby, is about to marry. The excitement of the wedding quickly turns to concern as Shelby faces a risky pregnancy and myriad health complications. As the women of Chinquapin make their way over life’s many hurdles, they find comfort (and a fair amount of verbal ribbing) in each other. Directed by Galloway Stevens. Performances are set for at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and select Monday and Wednesday nights through March 21, and at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through March 22. Tickets are $39, $36, or $25.
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.
‘If/Then’: In this musical, newly divorced Elizabeth moves to New York City, hoping for a fresh start, and receives contradictory advice from two friends. One, Kate, tells her to call herself “Liz” and pursue a path of personal fulfillment. The other, Lucas, advises her to revive her college nickname, “Beth” and focus on advancing her career. The show then takes a fantastical turn, as Elizabeth, occupying parallel universes as Liz and Beth, proceeds to enact both lives at once. Created by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, writers of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning musical “Next to Normal.” Directed by Valerie Rachelle. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 20-29, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 29-March 1. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161.
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’: Hermia loves Lysander, Demetrius loves Hermia, Helena loves Demetrius, Theseus and Hippolyta are almost newlyweds, and the already-complex marriage of the immortal queen and king of Fairyland is further complicated when one of them falls for an amateur actor-turned-ass. Intrigued by the theory that Shakespeare wrote this play as a wedding gift, director Joseph Haj probes the pitfalls and payoffs of relationships, be they budding or eternal. Seeking out the grace, beauty and delight embedded in the comedy, this joyful, music-laden production invites us to feel as well as laugh. The show runs Feb. 28 through Nov. 1 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘The Copper Children’: Based on the true history of “orphan trains” that transported immigrant children (mostly Irish) to homes in the West, this world-premiere play explores the events that led to the sensational (and now-forgotten) “Trial of the Century” custody case that stirred the nation into a frenzied debate about children, law, race, class and religion. Directed by Shariffa Ali, “The Copper Children” takes a sharp look at the collision of good intentions and despicable behavior, blending humor, tragedy, joy and unsentimental social commentary. The show runs Feb. 29 through Oct. 31 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘Peter and the Starcatcher’: Pirates, mermaids, swashbuckling fights and a giant ticking crocodile. We know the destination — Neverland — but “Peter and the Starcatcher” is the story of how we got there. In this music-filled prequel to “Peter Pan,” Molly, a brave young girl, leads a ragtag group of orphans on a quest to save the world from the villainous pirate Black Stache. Lavina Jadhwani directs this play, which has an appeal that spans generations. It won five Tony Awards during its Broadway debut, and embraces the child in each of us with a depth and beauty that is far from childish. The show runs March 1 through Nov. 1 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘Bring Down the House’: Henry V has died unexpectedly, passing the crown to his young son, Henry VI, and setting off a series of high-stakes political intrigues and battles that result in the loss of England’s French territories and spark the War of the Roses. This epic two-part adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy by Rosa Joshi and Kate Wisniewski is also directed by Joshi, who continues the journey she began in her OSF debut production of “Henry V,” bringing Shakespeare’s language to visceral life with a diverse all-female and nonbinary cast. Part I of the production runs March 4 through Nov. 1, and Part II runs March 5 through Nov. 1 in the Thomas Theatre. Experience both parts of “Bring Down the House” on one of 26 select dates. See osfashland.org/ for dates and times of the double-showing.
‘Confederates’: Sara, an enslaved woman who wants to fight for the Union in the Civil War, plots an increasingly dangerous path to freedom. Sandra, a brilliant modern-day political science professor, is forced to navigate acts of hostility and the undermining of her authority at work. Leaping back and forth between the parallel struggles of two black women living 160 years apart, playwright Dominique Morisseau takes an unflinching and illuminating look at the complicated and ongoing legacies of institutional racism and gender bias in today’s America. This thought-provoking, dynamically engaging world-premiere “American Revolutions” co-commission with Penumbra Theatre is directed by OSF Artistic Director Nataki Garrett. The show runs April 8 through Oct. 31 in the Thomas Theatre.
‘The Tempest’: Prospero, the exiled duke of Milan, has been raising his daughter on a mystical island and using magic to subjugate its natives. Twelve years after banishment, with vengeance weighing heavily on his mind, Prospero turns his powers toward a passing ship carrying his enemies and the king of Naples, causing it to wreck in a storm. As the castaways find themselves at the mercy of his supernatural machinations, Prospero comes face to face with the past, an opportunity to find long-lost justice, and the hope of returning to his rightful place in the world. Nicholas C. Avila directs an exploration of the good, the bad and the gray areas of human nature. The show runs May 26 through Oct. 18 in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
‘Black Odyssey’: The gods have made a chess game of Ulysses Lincoln’s life, ripping the soldier from his young family and forcing him to face his past as he endeavors to return home to Oakland. Thumping with a vibrant pulse of music, the play reimagines and reclaims Homer’s ancient story for our times with playwright Marcus Gardley’s imaginative poetic style. Directed by Monty Cole, “Black Odyssey” takes the audience on a poignant and epic journey of personal, cultural and national history, through the ravages of Hurricane Katrina and war in Afghanistan, and from heaven to Earth. The show runs May 27 through Oct. 16 in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
‘Bernhardt/Hamlet’: The year is 1897, and French actress Sarah Bernhardt — a giant of the stage, with a level of celebrity the world has never before seen — is determined to play one of Shakespeare’s most coveted roles: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Director Dawn Monique Williams transforms the Allen Elizabethan Theatre into a Belle Epoch playhouse for Theresa Rebeck’s fact-meets-fiction story of a larger-than-life personality. “Bernhardt/Hamlet” is a profound and profoundly funny comedy about a woman who unabashedly shattered society’s expectations and glass ceilings on her way to becoming a legend. The show runs May 28 through Oct. 17 in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
‘Poor Yella Rednecks’: Falling in lust-then-love was the easy part — marriage is harder. Six years after fleeing Vietnam and meeting in a relocation camp, Tong and Quang have settled in El Dorado, Arkansas with their 5-year-old son, but their happily-ever-after is strained by language barriers, money woes and Quang’s first wife entering the equation. Victor Malana Maog directs this sequel to Qui Nguyen’s wildly popular “Vietgone,” which packs in even more hip-hop and imagination than its predecessor and stands on its own two feet as an outrageous autobiographical love story. The show runs July 2 through Oct. 31 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘Everything That Never Happened’: Taking place in the gaps between what Shakespeare made and the realities of Jewish history, this play reveals everything you didn’t see take place in “The Merchant of Venice.” Jessica, daughter of Shylock, falls in love with Lorenzo, a Christian, and decides she must leave the father she loves, her culture and her religion so she can marry him. Rich with humor and heartbreak, up-and-coming talent Sarah B. Mantell’s new play plumbs the three-dimensional humanity of some of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters and the complexity at the heart of all of their actions. Jessica Kubzansky directs this time-bending tale of disguise, assimilation, pomegranates and everything Shakespeare left out. The show runs July 21 through Oct. 31 in the Thomas Theatre.