Karen’s review of Animal Crackers:
Although I may have seen the Marx Brothers film by this name, I have no independent memory of it. I was assured by a fellow theatre-goer that the play we saw that night bore only the faintest resemblance to the movie. I settled in to enjoy two and a half hours of pure entertainment by a cast with boundless energy and enthusiasm for the material and its historical importance in the American theatrical tradition. And, they hit every single nail squarely on its head.
The first visual joke got the audience in the mood; the second had us smiling. The third followed quickly behind but the fourth, entirely unexpected and “over the top,” brought forth a roar of approval. The jokes never stopped coming and the audience never stopped laughing. Read More
Karen’s Review of Party People:
As the second of this season’s plays in the OSF American Revolutions: The United States History Project, “Party People” struck closer to my personal experience than had “All the Way” the day before. Not only because I lived in close proximity through the events portrayed, but also because a colleague of mine had been shot by a member of the Black Panthers, in spite of her role as one of their defense attorneys.
The production (it is so much more than a “play”) was conceived, created and performed by UNIVERSES, a dozen actors/singers/dancers/composers/political activists who incorporate all of these skills into their work. The result is a multi-media, multi-emotional experience. Read More
“Medea Macbeth Cinderella”
Karen’s Review of MMC:
This is the fourth iteration of a play-making process Bill Rauch began 30 years ago. At that time it was presented in his dormitory basement, then as an Actor’s Gang-Cornerstone production in 1998 in Los Angeles before opening the Yale Repertory Theatre’s season in 2002.
And, it is a fascinating idea. Take three plays, one from each of “the three great populist movements of Western drama” – classical Greek tragedy, Elizabethan drama and the American musical – and meld them together into one theatrical experience. Apparently, Rauch placed the scripts side by side and discovered a “synchronicity” of themes and events. They all dealt with the same things: ambition, magic, transformation, the parent/child relationship, and the role of women in male-dominated societies. “Medea Macbeth Cinderella” pays homage to these themes and the three historical genres. Read More
Another review from Karen, this one on Robert Schenkkan’s play “All the Way.”
Robert Schenkkan’s play about Lyndon Baines Johnson takes place during the first year of his Presidency, immediately after the assassination of Jack Kennedy in 1963. The production went into rehearsal at the same time as the release of Robert Caro’s fourth volume of his LBJ biography, covering about the same time period. The play focuses less on the events of that year, and much more on the interactions between the President and the major players in those events: Martin Luther King, J. Edgar Hoover, Governor George Wallace, and Senators Dick Russell, Everett Dirksen, and Hubert Humphrey. Read More
My dear friend and long-standing guest Karen writes this review of Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa. My opinions are in the comments.
Maybe it was the stress of worrying whether or not the fog was going to lift early enough for my Monterey-SFO flight to land in time for me to make my 1/2 hour connection to the plane to Medford. Or, perhaps it was the cab driver telling me that the audience for this show was “leaving in droves” at the intermission. Or, it could have been the other guests at my favorite bed and breakfast remarking how astonished they were that OSF would present a play that still needed so much work. Read More
Ashland Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation North Mountain Park hosts “The Bear Creek Festival“
A free, annual event (first Saturday in October) and includes hand-on experiences offered by many local and regional organizations and sustainable farms. Participants can enjoy a variety of fun outdoor activities such as: mask-making, fly-casting, Native American demonstrations and learn to become better stewards of the local watershed.
Live entertainment takes place throughout the day and a wholesome and delicious food concession is provided.
Exhibitors and participants are asked to help make the Bear Creek Festival a Zero Waste event.
THE BEST MAN October 3 – 28, 2011
by Gore Vidal
This Tony Award winning play examines the two front runners for their party’s presidential nomination. Ex-Secretary of State William Russell is a wit and a scholar with high principles but no integrity in the bedroom. Joseph Cantwell is a ruthless and hard-driving young man, a dirty fighter who will let no scruples stand in the way of his ambitions. Both vie for the support of ex-President Art Hockstader, a man who loves politics for its own sake, admires a rough-and-tumble battle more than a chivalrous one, and is determined to have the final say in selecting his party’s candidate.
“Vidal’s story is…suspenseful, funny…fresh!” — Associated Press.
Camelot Theater, a semi-professional company renowned for performing high-quality plays, musicals, and musical events year round. Ashland Oregon theater
Song and Dance September 7 – November 4
Previews September 5 & 6
Performances Thursday-Monday @ 8:00, Sunday brunch matinees @ 1:00
Two of the Cabaret’s most popular and polished performers come together to create an enchanting evening of brilliant song and thrilling dance. Kymberli Colbourne has been a stand-out performer in recent productions of Whodunit and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Her ability to connect with the audience, her rich, expressive voice and her skill at creating both touching and comic characters always delight. Christopher George Patterson brings charm and charisma galore, a soaring soulful voice and dazzling dance to the party. Read More
Premier Rogue Valley wine festival “World of Wine Festival” turns 10!
World of Wine Festival is: four days of wine, food and more; 60-plus wineries, expanded clinics, culminating with the Grand Tasting event!
The festival promotes not just the fabulous wines of Southern Oregon, but all of Southern Oregon by creating an exciting and unique event that ties together local businesses and the community.
For more information about the World of Wine Festival in the Rogue Valley.
Last year’s festival was very successful, with 85% of Southern Oregon wineries attending! Vintners and growers came from all over Southern Oregon and expressed their delight in the activities, and their desire to return this year.