the mystery of irma vep: Pat Patton directs Charles Ludlam's parody of Gothic suspense films. Two actors portray eight-characters in this quick-change comedy. The show previews at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9. The show opens at 8 p.m. Friday, April 10 and runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays with a brunch matinee at 1 p.m. Sundays, through May 31, at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets are $19-$31 and $19 for previews. See oregoncabaret.com or call 488-2902.
the nerd: Doug Rowe directs the comedy by Larry Shue about a visitor who outstays his welcome with a vengeance. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through April 26, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students and are available at the door. See oregonstageworks.org or call 482-2334.
shenandoah: Livia Genise directs the Tony Award-winning musical with music by Gary Geld, lyrics by Peter Udell and book by James Lee Barrett, Peter Udell and Philip Rose. A strong-willed Virginia farmer tries to keep his family neutral during the Civil War. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through April 12, at Camelot Theatre Company, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets are $21 for adults and $19 for students and seniors. Reserved seating is an additional $2. Tickets are available online at CamelotTheatre.org, by phone or at the theater box office from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. See camelottheatre.org or call 535-5250.
annie: A cast of 7- to 18-year-olds, including the Drama Department of Crater's Renaissance Academy, along with students from every school in school District 6 and a couple of older surprises, present the musical with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan. The show runs at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, April 16-25, at Crater Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Call 494-6348.
The servant of two masters: Tracy Young directs an adaptation by Young and Oded Gross of Carlo Goldini's farce about the servant Truffaldino who attends to two masters without either of them knowing about the other. Through Nov. 1, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.
macbeth: Gale Edwards directs William Shakespeare's tragedy that follows Macbeth's ascent to the Scottish throne and the carnage it leaves in its wake. Through Nov. 1, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.
death and the king's horseman: Chuck Smith directs Nobel prize-winner Wole Soyinka's African tragedy set against the backdrop of a colonial mindset and a vibrant, mystical culture in peril. Through July 5, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.
the music man: Bill Rauch directs the musical with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. Con man Harold Hill arrives in River City, Iowa, under the guise of teaching music to the children, while actually planning to bilk their parents. Through Nov. 1, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.
dead man's cell phone: Christopher Liam Moore directs Sarah Ruhl's funny film-noir odyssey that begins when a man dies at a restaurant. When his cell phone keeps ringing, the woman at the next table answers it. Through June 19, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.
Friday, April 10
chamber music: The Chamber Music Concerts series will present a recital with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and clarinetist Jon Manasse at 8 p.m. Friday, April 10, in the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The program will include selections by Brahms, von Weber, Mendelssohn, Kovacs, Ravel and Novacek. Tickets are $26-$30, $5 for students and those 22 and under. For ticket information, see chambermusicconcerts.org or call 552-6154.
piano and flute: The Siskiyou Institute will present Holly Hofmann, flute, and Mike Wofford, piano, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Old Siskiyou Barn in Ashland Tickets are $22, $20 for Siskiyou Institute members, $5 for students. Seating is limited and advance reservations are suggested. Reservations can be made by calling the Siskiyou Institute at 488-3869 or by e-mailing email@example.com
Saturday, April 11
benefit concert: Local musicians will present a "One Love Oregon Benefit Concert" 6 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Roxy Ann Grange, 1850 Spring St., Medford. The Ochtones, Frankie Hernandez, Rich McCloud, Momo Smitt, and The Mics will be performing music from blues to hip-hop. Doors open at 6 p.m.. Tickets are $7 and are available at Tom's Guitar Warehouse, Medford, or at the door. Proceeds will be donated to Thrive! a local non-profit organization that links local businesses and farmers to create a stronger local economy. Call 840-9887.
Monday, April 13
jj cale: The singer, songwriter and guitarist will perform with a five-piece band at 8 p.m. Monday, April 13, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Alice DiMicele with Jeff Pevar will open the show. Cale has just released the CD "Roll On." Tickets are $30.50-$37.50. Tickets are available at the Craterian Theater box office, the Music Coop in Ashland, or by calling 779-3000.
recital: Six local high-school vocalists will perform two free recitals as part of a Girl Scout Gold Award project at 5 p.m. Monday, April 13, at Mountain Meadows retirement community, 857 Mountain Meadows Dr., Ashland and at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at the Rogue Valley Manor Auditorium, 1200 Mira Mar Ave., Medford. The project is to donate tickets for local high school singers to attend the Metropolitan Opera's High Definition broadcasts on May 9 and May 20. Performers will be heading to the State Competition in Eugene on May 2.
Tuesday, April 14
magic show: Magicians Garry Carson and Kelsey Kara will present "Art of Imagination," an evening of family entertainment, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at the Medford Armory, Pacific Highway, Medford. The show will include acts of illusion, levitation, and splitting people in half. Magician Carson and his wife and assistant Kara were named Las Vegas' No. 1 family act for two straight years. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children 13 to 17. Children under 12 admitted free. All proceeds support local community projects sponsored by The Shriners Organization. Tickets are available at Sherm's Thunderbird and Food 4 Less stores, and Black Bird, Medford. Call 774-1305.
Thursday, April 16
band concert: The Southern Oregon University music department will present "Big Band Jazz Summit" at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Featured groups will be the Rogue Community College Jazz Ensemble directed by Dave Hegdahl, the Southern Oregon Jazz Orchestra directed by Corren Hileman, and the SOU Jazz Ensemble directed by Martin Behnke. Proceeds will help the university's Jazz Ensemble to compete at the annual Reno Jazz Festival's College Division on April 26. Tickets are $10 for general admission and free for students. Tickets are available at the box office or by calling 552-6101.
jazz workshop: The Briscoe Jazz Workshop, a new performance and presentation series on different aspects or styles of jazz and other art music, will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Briscoe ArtWing Music Room, 265 North Main St., Ashland, Laurel Street entrance. Workshops will feature performances with some explanations about what the musicians are playing and questions from the audience. Admission is a $5 - $10 donation.
Friday, April 17
southern oregon repertory singers: The singers will present "Flights of Fancy," a concert of choral music, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the Music Recital Hall, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. There will be a free pre-oncert lecture at 2 p.m. for the Ashland concert only. Tickets for the concerts are $18, and $5 for students.
alasdair fraser: St. Clair Productions will present Scottish Fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Rouge Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door and $10 for youth 12-17. Children under 12 admitted free. Tickets are available at the Music Coop, Ashland; on-line at stclairevents.com or by calling 535-3562.
Saturday, April 18
guitar concert: The Southern Oregon University music department will present a concert by Flamenco guitar virtuoso, Rafael Cuen Garibi at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Music Recital Hallon the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Garibi performs as a flamenco guitar soloist for concert series and international guitar festivals throughout Europe and North America. SOU music department chair and percussion professor Terry Longshore will join Garibi on several pieces, playing Cajon. Tickets are $15 for general admission and free for students of all ages. Tickets are available at the box office prior to the performance or by calling 552-6101.
whose live anyway?: Craterian Performances will present a live improv performance featuring four stars of the Emmy-nominated Whose "Line Is It Anyway?" TV series: Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Chip Esten, and Jeff B. Davis, in two shows, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $35-$45. Call 779-3000. THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT.
Sunday, April 19
state soloists: Craterian Performances will shine a spotlight on young talent in the eighth annual concert featuring winners of the Jackson County District 8 solo music competition at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. The concert is free. Call 779-3000.