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.
How can one resist all the Richard III car park jokes?
My friend and Shakespeare scholar Mike Jensen finds them … I just share them.
This one I related to. I am so glad for the remote key fob, I am forever locating my car via the remote beep.
The Chipper Experience!
Last seen as the emcee and star of “Blink,” the irrepressible, carrot-topped Chipper Lowell returns for an evening of breathtaking illusion and side-splitting comedy.
Chipper’s fast-paced, fun-filled, family-friendly show features non-stop one-liners, ad libs and sight gags, in addition to a lot of how-did-he-do-that legerdemain. Chipper is a true original and hilarious comedian.
As one critic exclaimed, “Thank goodness the floor of the theater was clean, because I spent most of the night rolling in the aisles!”
27 February 2013 at 7:30 PM
Presented by: Craterian Performances
Dan Goggin’s Nunset Blvd, starring Cindy William.
This final installment in the Nunsense franchise — perhaps the most successful series in theater history — stars Cindy Williams, better known as “Shirley” to fans of the long-running TV sitcom Laverne and Shirley.
In Nunset Boulevard, the Little Sisters of Hoboken are thrilled to be invited to sing at the Hollywood Bowl — until they discover that the venue is actually the Hollywood Bowl-a-Rama Bowling Alley. Hijinks, both comical and musical, of course ensue.
Go here for more information on the nunsensical (sorry couldn’t resist) revue.
24 January 2013 at 7:30 PM
Presented by: Craterian Performances
“Rock of Ages” a musical comedy.
The critics call it “cheerfully cheesy,” “splendidly silly” and “insanely fun.” They hail it as a “frenzied, foot-stomping sexy smash.”
And really, who could resist a big Broadway musical built around such classic ‘80s rock hits as “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” and “I Want to Know What Love Is”?
Featuring big egos, big guitar solos, and even bigger hair, Rock of Ages will have you both laughing and rocking — often at the same time!
Go here for more information on this smashing Broadway musical.
18 January 2013 at 7:30 PM
Presented by: Craterian Performances
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.
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
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