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Swami Beyondananda, April 26


Swami Beyondananda and Beyond: A Two-Man One-Man Show Comedian

Swami Beyondananda

Swami Beyondananda

St. Claire Eclectic Music Concert Series presents Swami Beyondananda

Wake up laughing, laughing awakens what’s holy. Holy moly what’s so funny about that?  Everything!

Saturday, April 26, 2014 • 8pm
Tickets: $20/advance, $22/door, $10/teens 12–17,
children under 12 are free with paying adult.
Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland

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April 15th, 2014

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Oregon Cabaret Theater, the Marvelous Wonderettes April — May


More of the “Marvelous Wonderettes” at Oregon Cabaret Theater

Marvelous Wonderettes

Marvelous Wonderettes at the Oregon Cabaret Theater

It is graduation time 1958 at Springfield High in this all new chapter from the Marevelous Wonderettes series.

Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy reminisce over their final year in high school and look ahead toward their bright futures. In Act Two fast forwards ahead to 1968, where the girls are bridesmaids celebrating Missy’s marriage to Mr. Lee.

The girls really rock out with dozens of classic tunes: Dedicated To The One I Love, Sealed With A Kiss, Dancin’ In The Street, The Look of Love, You Keep Me Hangin’ On, and River Deep, Mountain High.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you’re looking for fun, light and campy entertainment.  One of the few performing arts venues that have shows on Monday!
April 11– May 25
Previews April 9 & 10
Performances Thursday – Monday @ 8:00
(No evening performance May 11)
Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00
(No matinee performance April 20)
For more information visit their website

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April 1st, 2014

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The Tempest


The Tempest, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

I really liked the Tempest.  Like many Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s patrons, having seen the play a number of times, I was not sure how well I would like this version.  After seeing the Tempest, I liked it much more than I thought I would, and I’m glad OSF is doing it.

The staging and production was inventive and expressive without getting in the way of the storytelling.  The Tempest has a strong cast and it was well directed.

It will please many people; and interestingly enough it will satisfy both ‘camps’.  Those who insist Shakespeare plays must be done ‘traditionally’ [read: in “men in tights” ala Sir Laurence Olivier] and those who like a modern spare production.  The setting is on a magical island and on that island many strange and mystifying things happen and logically  those stranded on it for years have lost their ‘traditional’ Elizabethan garb. But the newly arrived shipwrecked characters are in fancy noblemen clothes.

But I think most will very much admire the way the entire production is pulled together. The beautiful buto dancers who silently move through the story, making things happen, assisting Ariel fly, etc. The love scenes are charming, and the comedy is not over-the-top silly.

The Tempest is in the Bowmer, and will run throughout the season.

For more information and tickets

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March 24th, 2014

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Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents “Double Trouble” Feb-Mar


Oregon Cabaret Theatre “Double Trouble”

Oregon Cabaret Theatre

Oregon Cabaret Theatre

Set in Hollywood in the early 1940s, the show features Jimmy & Bobby Martin, a pair of song-writing brothers summoned to a major movie studio and given the golden opportunity to write a song for the movies…on the double. Their efforts are interrupted by wacky characters including the boorish studio boss, an ancient sound engineer, an effete director, a sleazy agent and a buxom, scheming screen siren – all played by the same two singing, dancing, piano-playing actors in a rambunctious musical tour-de-farce written by Bob and Jim Walton.

The Oregon Cabaret Theatre is a favorite musical venue for both visitors and locals alike. If you’re in the mood for a tuneful campy romp, go to the Cabaret for dining and entertainment.  Open on Monday nights.
February 7 – March 30
Previews February 5 & 6
Performances Thursday – Sunday @ 8:00
Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00

For more information visit their website

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Ellen

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February 10th, 2014

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2014 Shakespeare Festival Opens — February 14


Oregon Shakespeare Festival opening night is nearly upon us!

Already? YES, indeed! Attend any and all of the 2014 opening Shakespeare Festival plays and celebrate Valentine’s Day with drama, music and wit.

Friday, February 14th, the Tempest Directed by Tony Taccone, Prospero played by Denis Arndt.

February 15th, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window Directed by Juliette Carrillo, written by Lorraine Hansberry (her ‘other’ more well known play is Raisin in the Sun

February 16th opens the much awaited Marx Brother’s adaptation of The Cocoanuts Directed by David Ivers, Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin, Book by Georges S. Kaufman and adapted by OSF’s very own Mark Bedard.

 

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February 9th, 2014

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Play Reading of “Radio Golf” 6/24 Monday 7:00pm


Radio Golf, by August Wilson

To support Penumbra Theatre Company, OSF is producing a play reading of “Radio Golf”. The reading is directed by Penumbra’s artistic director Lou Bellamy.  Bellamy recently joined the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the 2013 season, and directed August Wilson’s Two Trains Running.

Penumbra was founded by Lou Bellamy in 1976, it is one of the nation’s largest and most significant African-American theater companies.

June 24, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Bowmer

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June 23rd, 2013

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The Illusion” SOU Theater, May-June


The Illusion

by Pierre Corneille, adapted by Tony Kushner  at the Center Square Theatre

Award winning playwright Tony Kushner creates “The Illusion”  lush layers of illusion in this tale of a father seeking the help of a magician in his search for his long-banished son. Based loosely on L’Illusion Comique written by Pierre Corneille in 1636, the play is filled with conjured visions, unlikely transformations and unexpected twists of time and fate.

For performance days and more details go to SOU theater department

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Ellen

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April 25th, 2013

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Avenue Q” at SOU Theater May — June


Avenue Q
Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty at the Center Stage Theatre

The 2004 winner of Tony’s triple crown of Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Avenue Q is a coming-of-age comedy where the real world defines the facts of life. Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers move over as eleven wacky puppets and three humans enact this zany, all too real, insightful extravaganza. Intended for mature audiences.

For performance days and more details go to SOU theater department

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Ellen

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April 25th, 2013

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Happy [traditional] Birthday, William!


Old Willy's Birthday

Old Willy’s Birthday

Dear William,

Happy birthday!

From your admirers at the Chanticleer Inn: Ellen Kristel, Desiree, and Chelsea

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Ellen

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April 24th, 2013

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Ashland New Plays Festival, Quietus, new play reading


Ashland New Plays Festival presents …

 

Ashland New Plays Festival, Quietus

Ashland New Plays Festival, Quietus

A new play Quietus by Richard Manley, read/performed on Monday April 15, ’13, Unitarian Church 87 4th St. Ashland.

From perspectives of three characters: a medical researcher, an entrepreneur, and a bio-ethicist, the play explores the ability, and ramifications therein, to keep a body functioning after brain death.

Ashland New Plays Festival tickets are $15 for general admission. Call 541 488‑7995, or purchase tickets at Paddington Station or the Music Coop.  For more information go to their website.

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Ellen

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April 10th, 2013

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