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Photo by Jenny Graham / OSFAfter she sprains an ankle while out for a walk, Marianne (Emily Ota) enjoys the attention of her handsome rescuer, Willoughby (Nate Cheeseman), in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's "Sense and Senibility."

Plays

Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250. The box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances.

‘Barefoot in the Park’: It’s 1963, and free-spirited Corie and buttoned-down lawyer Paul have just married. After a bliss-filled honeymoon, married life begins, and Corie’s impulsive nature and Paul’s conservative one clash. The New York Times called this Neil Simon Broadway hit “bubbling, rib-tickling comedy.” Brianna Gowland and Shawn Ramagos direct. Adam Kilgore plays Paul, Jess Mengel is Corie, and Linda Otto plays Corie’s meddling mother. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 17-19, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Tickets are $27 or $34.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre: First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets and information are available at oregoncabaret.com or by calling 541-488-2902. Reservations are required for pre-show dinner and brunch. Appetizers, beverages and desserts are available without reservations. Student rush tickets are $10 and can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain. A 20 percent discount is available for groups of 10 or more.

‘Once’: This musical tells the story of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up the dream when a beautiful young woman takes an interest in his haunting love songs. They serve as each others’ muses over the course of a fateful week, and their friendship evolves into a powerful but complicated romance as they collaborate on new, emotionally charged music. Written by John Carney, the Broadway production of “Once” took home eight Tony Awards in 2012, including Best Musical. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through July 1. Tickets are $25 or $39. A special menu created by chef Chris McSevney will be available at the dinner theater.

Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University: Theatre Arts Building, 491 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are available at oca.sou.edu/box-office or by calling 541-552-6348.

‘A Man of No Importance’: In 1964 Dublin, a closeted bus driver persists in staging Oscar Wilde’s “Salome” at his church, where he meets strenuous objections from church authorities, in this musical filled with beautiful Celtic melodies. Lyrics are by Lynn Ahrens, music is by Stephen Flaherty and book by Terence McNally. Valerie Rachelle directs. Shows are set for 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 17-19, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, in the Main Stage Theatre. Tickets are $21, $18 for seniors, or $6 for students.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161.

‘Destiny of Desire’: In playwright Karen Zacarias’ hilarious and provocative send-up, love and betrayal overflow amid a colorful cast of Mexican telenovela characters. Two girls — one rich but sickly, one poor and healthy — are switched at birth by a scheming beauty queen. Chaos ensues 18 years later when they meet, become friends and fall for men they are forbidden to love. Jose Luis Valenzuela directs. The show runs through July 12 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

‘Henry V’: Actor Daniel Jose Molina completes his immersive three-play transformation from reckless party-boy Prince Hal to the shrewd and ruthless young leader King Henry V. The new king audaciously lays claim to the French throne, courts a princess with whom he does not share a language and takes his place on history’s stage in a series of battles still commemorated in England to this day. Rosa Joshi of Seattle makes her directorial debut at OSF. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Thomas Theatre.

‘Manahatta’: Securities trader Jane Snake is torn between worlds. Her return to Wall Street brings her to Manahatta (“Island of Many Hills” in Lenape), the homeland her Native American ancestors who were violently forced to evacuate in the 1600s. Meanwhile, her family in Oklahoma struggles to save their language, their culture and their over-mortgaged home. OSF presents the premiere of Mary Kathryn Nagle’s look at the tragic consequences of commercial exploits. Playwright Nagle also is a partner at Pipestem Law, a firm specializing in sovereignty of Native tribes and people, and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Laurie Woolery directs. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Thomas Theatre.

‘Oklahoma!’: It’s a beautiful morning whenever Curly sees Laurey, but Laurey’s not so sure about Curly. And Will loves Ado Andy, but Andy loves ... well, everyone. Meanwhile, in the 1906 Oklahoma Territory, farmers and ranchers lock horns in a battle over water rights and fences. This musical — with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein — brims with show-stopping songs and heartfelt storytelling. Its director, Bill Rauch, breaks new ground with same-sex lead couples and other LGBTQ+ casting that affirms the identity spectrum in an insightful celebration of love in its many forms. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

‘Othello’: Those who praised Moorish general Othello’s military successes now reject his marriage to Venetian Desdemona. The newlyweds are determined to overcome all obstacles, but Othello’s assignment to a new location draws them into the demonic web of his lieutenant Iago in Shakespeare’s most intimate tragedy. Bill Rauch directs. The show runs through Oct. 28 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

‘Sense and Sensibility’: When Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters are tossed out of their home by a selfish half-brother, marriage prospects become bleak, and when love — or what looks like love — comes calling for the girls, they are whirled into a tangle of gossip, scandal and unexpected fortune. Kate Hamill’s adaptation of the novel by Jane Austen is directed by Hana S. Sharif. The show runs through Oct. 28 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

Randall Theatre, Medford: 10 E. Third St., Medford. Tickets and information are available at randalltheatre.com or by calling 541-632-3258.

‘Waiting Star’: This new musical written by local producer Ed Miller is based on William Shakespeare’s early adventures of Prince Hal, the wild teen that became one of England’s greatest kings. In love with everything that life has to offer, Hal is delighted to discover merry rogue Jack Falstaff and the Boar’s Head Tavern. He rocks his country with scandal when he falls for Falstaff’s daughter. The characters in Miller’s musical are familiar while the story and dialogue are new. Co-creator Lauren James arranged the music. A staged reading is set for 7 p.m. Friday, May 18. Admission is free.

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