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Daedalus Project — August 24, 2015


Daedalus Project's 2015 Poster

Daedalus Project’s 2015 Poster

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.

Daedalus Play Reading

Daedalus Play Reading

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.

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Head Over Heels” a Review


Head Over Heels”
A Review by Desiree Remick

Play by Jeff Whitty
Music and Lyrics by the Go-Go’s,
Directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar

7–14-15

Head Over Heels

John Tufts, the clown, in “Head Over Heels”

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.

Cabaret done by Oregon Cabaret Theatre, May 28 — Aug 30, 2015


Cabaret

Cabaret

Cabaret

Come see Kander & Ebb’s classic musical as you’ve never seen it before as the Oregon Cabaret space is transformed into the Kit Kat Klub in all of its 1930s Berlin decadence.

Cabaret plays from May 28 to August 30, 2015

For tickets go to Oregon Cabaret Theatre.

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OSF Prologue 2015


Musical of Musicals (the Musical) Oregon Cabaret Theater


Musical of Musicals

Musical of Musicals

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.

 

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Backwards In High Heels” Oregon Cabaret Theatre Sept — Nov


Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents “Backwards In High Heels” Sept – Nov

Backwards in High Heels

Backwards in High Heels

A striking show about Rogue Valley’s very own former resident Ginger Rogers who famously said that she did everything Fred Astaire did but “backwards and in high heels”.
Best known for her partnership with Fred Astaire, Ginger had a successful Hollywood career including dramatic roles as well. The show follows her from her teen years in vaudeville to her Oscar win for 1940 film Kittly Foyle.
Backwards In High Heels combines cherished standards with new original songs, a compelling play, and many stunning dance sequences to tell Ginger’s fascinating story.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you’re looking for fun, and talented entertainment.  One of Ashland’s performing arts venues that have shows on Monday nights!
September 12 – November 9
Previews September 10 & 11
Performances Thursday – Monday @ 8:00
(No performance on October 31)
Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00
For more information visit their website

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Island Night in Ashland Oregon


Island Night, a Tropical Party at Daniel Meyer Pool

Island Night

Island Night in Ashland

Aloha!  Come to a tropical island themed pool party — “Island Night: An Aloha State of Mind”.

Saturday, July 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Daniel Meyer Pool! 

Enjoy Hawaiian music and dancing and fun activities for all ages!

A free community Hula dance workshop will be offered for anyone wanting to learn the beautiful moves of Hawaiian dance.

Daniel Meyer Pool, a division of Ashland Parks & Recreation, is an outdoor facility located in Hunter Park at 1705 Homes Ave in Ashland.

The pool will be open through September, 6, 2014. The pool offers Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI)® swim lessons, private lessons, swim team camps and Starguard® lifeguard certification. View complete information on pool activities and classes.  The pool can be reached directly at 541.488.0313.

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Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, June — Aug


Ain’t Misbehavin’ June 6 – August 31

Ain't Misbehavin'

Ain’t Misbehavin’

In Ain’t Misbehavin’, the soul of 1930s Harlem is captured in this finger-snapping and toe tapping revue. Thomas “Fats” Waller was an iconic musical force, known for his exuberant personality, energetic stride-piano playing, infectious humor and jumping beat.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes his good-time joie-de-vivre as a versatile cast sings, dances and carries on to the songs he made famous: Jitterbug Waltz, This Joint Is Jumpin’, Your Feets Too Big, Spreadin’ Rhythm Around, Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now, Honeysuckle Rose and, of course, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Sassy, silly, sultry and with moments of devastating beauty.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you’re looking for fun, talented and snazzy-jazzy entertainment.  One of Ashland’s performing arts venues that have shows on Monday nights!
June 6 – August 31
Previews June 4 & 5
Performances Wednesday – Monday @ 8:00
(no show July 4)
Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00
For more information visit Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s website

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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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Paul Taylor’s “Taylor 2″ in Medford April 4


Craterian Theater at the Collier Center presents Paul Taylor, “Taylor 2”

Taylor 2

Taylor 2

In 1993, multiple award-winning choreographer and modern dance genius Paul Taylor formed Taylor 2 to ensure that his work could reach audiences in venues throughout the world. With passionate athleticism, grace and individuality, these exquisite dancers translate Taylor’s vast repertoire to intimate settings. Experience what critics have called “a kind of miracle…” that’s “small, travels light, and packs some of the best modern dance around.”
April 4, 2014, 7:30 pm
23 S. Central Ave, Medford, OR 97501
Box Office: 541–779-3000

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