Breaking Character, March 2, 2016
Breaking Character: “2 talented women. 1 career. No understudy” and apparently no safety net. Keaton Talmadge and Shannon Nelson take you on a tour of making a career (and life) in Hollywood.
To buy tickets click here for the Oregon Cabaret Theatre website.
The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland is popular with locals as well as visitors. OCT presents musicals, revues, local musicians, and comedies.
The shows are presented in an elegant, theatre-dinner club setting in a restored, church and is on the National Historic register. The original church stained glass is still intact, as are the balconies.
Located in the heart of downtown Ashland Oregon where there are many fine accommodations and B&Bs, such as the Chanticleer Inn. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.
The 39 Steps
Based on the novel by John Buchan
Adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon
A man with a boring mundane life finds himself pursued by a mysterious organization known only as the ‘39 Steps’. Soon after, a woman he just met is murdered in his apartment. Part Hitchcock masterpiece, part spy novel, part over-the-top comedy, this two-time Tony-winning play is a fast-paced whodunit featuring more than a 150 characters, all played by a talented ensemble of four, featuring an onstage plane crash, a chase on top of moving train cars, some old-fashioned romance and, of course, non-stop laughs.
Plays from September 10 – November 8, for tickets go to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre,
Daedalus Project — August 24, 2015
The Daedalus Project, in its 28th year, is the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s annual ‘talent show’ event to raise money to end the spread of HIV/AIDS, and to remember and celebrate those who have died from this disease.
There are two events on August 24th. For the afternoon there’s a play reading and in the evening in the Elizabethan theater a variety show. Both promise to be entertaining and inspiring events.
Tickets for the Reading are $25. Tickets for the Variety Show are $30-35. To purchase tickets for the Variety Show online, click on August 24 on the calendar above; or call the Box Office at 800-219-8161. For the Play Reading, visit the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s webpage here here.
“Head Over Heels”
A Review by Desiree Remick
“Head Over Heels”, true to its name, throws you head over heels into a world of enchanting musical madness, where entire kingdoms can pack up and hit the road on vacation, where a man disguised as an Amazon can be mistaken for a dainty lady in the dark, where the ability to dance is mandatory, and where everyone embraces her (or his) inner goddess. The play is three hours (with intermission), which in my opinion is a little excessive for a musical – but entertaining the whole way through. It blends old-fashioned themes and archaic language with modern speech and politics for a unique timeless flavor. Someone who struggles to understand Shakespeare and another who abhors twenty-first century lingo could find equal enjoyment in this theatre piece.
The play opens in the small kingdom of Arcadia, whose inhabitants are lifted from the 16th century Sir Philip Sidney classic of the same name. Duke Basilius tries his luck with an oracle and receives an unwelcome prophesy in four parts: first, that his eldest daughter will find love, but not with a man; second, that his younger daughter will take a liar to bed; third, that he and his wife will both commit adultery – with the same person, no less; and finally that before the year is out he will have given away his own crown. The good duke, who is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, announces his intent to take an extended ‘road trip’ to neighboring Bohemia, in an attempt to thwart his destiny. But of course, you can’t run away from fate.
There is drama. There is romance. There is comedy (much of it genuinely funny, which is not something that should be taken for granted). There is a lot of innuendo, breaking of the fourth wall, clever jokes and asides tailored to a knowledgeable audience – plenty of references that will slip past the kids – and don’t forget the music! There’s even a sword fight, which ends in the most unexpected way.
I did have some issues with the play as well. It takes an onerously long time to get going (long enough that the actors themselves start joking about it), and the ending also drags a bit. While the message of acceptance is a solid one, there are a few times where the writers allowed their enthusiasm to overflow, which resulted in a few unnecessary scenes and a soliloquy that does not fit with the rest of the script’s tone. Oh, and if your hearing is sensitive or you are prone to getting headaches from too much noise, I advise that you bring a pair of earplugs. The music is quite loud, and I was especially unfortunate in my seating arrangement, which placed me in front of some people who laughed and whistled directly into my ear at every chance.
In conclusion, however, I found “Head Over Heels” to be a lot of fun. If you love musicals or wild tales in the vein of Shakespeare, if you are a supporter of gay rights and the LGBT community, or if you just like to have a good time, this play is an evening well spent.
Musical of Musicals (the Musical!)
Music by Eric Rockwell
Lyrics by Joanne Bogart
Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents a hilarious satire of musical theater, a single story is transformed into five mini-musicals, each written and composed in the distinctive style of a different master of the musical theater form: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kander & Ebb.
Roberta Kent writing for the Mail Tribune says:
““The Musical of Musicals (the Musical!)” is a delightful spoof on Broadway musicals. Don’t let the way-too-clever title of the Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s new offering put you off. It is a valentine without being saccharine and a tribute without being slavish — and great fun.”
Musical of Musicals plays April 8 – May 17, 2015 For show times and ordering tickets go here.
Swami Beyondananda and Beyond: A Two-Man One-Man Show Comedian
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
More of the “Marvelous Wonderettes” at 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
Craterian Theater at the Collier Center presents Lewis Black: The Rant is Due
Lewis Black is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment.
Lewis yells so you don’t have to. A passionate performer who is more cranked-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world. His 2011 Craterian appearance was a sellout…don’t miss out on his 2014 visit.
March 9, 2014, 7:30 pm
23 S. Central Ave, Medford, OR 97501
Box Office: 541-779-3000