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Ellen Reviews Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Animal Crackers, 2012

Animal Crackers

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Animal Crackers bodes well for the 2012 season!

Is it wacky? Yes. Is it broad in humor? Oh yes. Will it delight those who adore play on words and social satire? Yes, again. Will it charm those who love song and dance? Definitely!

In the Vaudeville and Marx Brothers tradition, Animal Crackers is entertainment, strong on fun and weak on plot. But it’s Vaudeville: do we really need a solid storyline?  It’s entertainment that the entire family should enjoy. Judging by the two pre-teen girls sitting behind me who giggled, clapped and chortled throughout the entire play, I say bring the kids!

This is the first Oregon Shakespeare Festival play of the season I have seen and the first ever review I’ve written for this blog. For those who know me and know which plays I tend to favor, then you’ll know that Animal Crackers is not my kind of play.  That said, Oregon Shakespeare Festival does madcap, zany so well that you should not miss Animal Crackers.

Alan “Rosey” Rosenberg, an Ashland realtor and self-styled theater reviewer has his own take on local performances and has created a website to share his passion for theater.  So for another review (from a much more theatrically knowledgeable point of view) go to Mr. Rosenberg’s website.




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February 29th, 2012

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Conscious Comedy with Swami Beyondananda and Teresa Tudury, 10/15

An Evening of Conscious Comedy with Swami Beyondananda and Teresa Tudury
Tickets on-line or at Music Coop in downtown Ashland
“Lose Weightiness Now! Yes, in these stressful times … well, weightiness just seems to pile on, doesn’t it? Just a few days without laughing, and before long you’re suffering from irregularhilarity, on track for a full-blown case of humorrhoids! This doesn’t have to happen. Swami Beyondananda, the Cosmic Comic whose favorite yoga pose is tongue-in-cheek, will help you lose weightiness through heart-opening laughter. It’s a scientific fact: Levity is the best way to overcome gravity. You’ll leave lighter and brighter – or the Swami will double your karma back!”
In the course of nearly twenty-five years of purveying cosmic comedy and healing laughter, Swami (aka Steve Bhaerman) has had a successful, long-running monthly column, Ask The Swami, has written four books (Driving Your Own Karma … When You See A Sacred Cow, Milk It for All It’s Worth … Duck Soup for the Soul … Swami for Precedent: A Seven-Step Plan to Heal the Body Politic and Cure Electile Dysfunction), and produced a half a dozen comedy cassettes (sorry, not available on 8-track) and CDs.
“Teresa Tudury is an undiscovered gem, boasting scads of talent and a command of both language and music, which she demonstrates in ample portions. Like a cross between Tracey Ullman and the early Bette Midler, an evening with Tudury is part comedy show, part sensitive singer-songwriter concert and part cabaret act—and all immensely enjoyable…In her zany between-song patter Tudury is so uninhibited she makes Robin Williams seem restrained…. Plus, Tudury can certainly sing. Possessed of a deep, sultry voice which she dresses in heavy blues phrasing and adorns with generous swatches of vibrato, Tudury evoked every nuance out of her quirky novelty tunes and belted out her off-beat torch songs.” Steven Libowitz – Santa Barbara News Press
Saturday, October 15, Unitarian Fellowship, 87 4th St, Ashland 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20/advance, $22/door, $10/12–17 Free under 12


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September 16th, 2011

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Workshop: Wake Up Laughing, Wise Up Loving, Rise Up Singing, 10/16

Workshop: Wake Up Laughing, Wise Up Loving, Rise Up Singing
An Enlightening and Inspiring Playshop with Steve Bhaerman, aka Swami Beyondananda
and Singer Songwriter Teresa Tudury
Sunday, October 16 • 2-5pm
Tickets – $40
Place: Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland • Cost: $40
In these times of great upheaval – not to mention “downheaval” – we are nourished by love and laughter. This heart-opening and mind-expanding playshop led by Steve Bhaerman and talented singer-songwriter Teresa Tudury will help you wake up laughing and wise up loving – and give voice to your greatest concerns and greatest hopes.
Wake Up Laughing, Wise Up Loving, Rise Up Singing will offer both the perspective and the tools to navigate these evolutionary times. Not only will you get an encouraging take on what would appear to be discouraging news worldwide, you will help develop some key inner resources to help you be a beacon for yourself and others during challenging times. You’ll laugh while you learn, and learn while you laugh … and you will do both singing!
For more information, please go to St Clair Productions


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September 15th, 2011

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