Plays in local theaters: Sept. 16, 2010

ASHLAND CONTEMPORARY THEATRE: The community theater company will present "Larry's Best Friend," by local playwright David C. Hill, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Hill's comedy explores themes of magic and science on the premise of what would happen if your pet turned into a beautiful woman, along with the commitments men and women have to each other and what it means to be human. Shows are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays and 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 24 through Oct. 10. Evalyn Hansen directs. The cast will feature John Litton, Emma Wilkinson, Douglas Young, Ruby Henrie and Alexei Mendes. The production is sponsored by Friends of the Animal Shelter. A benefit performance for the animal shelter will be held Saturday, Oct. 2. Tickets cost $15, $12 for seniors and students and are available at Paddington Station in Ashland, the Grocery Outlet in Medford, online at or by calling 541-646-2971.

camelot theatre company: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. The box office is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. Call 541-535-5250. Tickets also may be purchased at

Spotlight on Mae West: Gwen Overland will perform as American actress and sex symbol Mae West in Camelot's musical biography. A preview is set for 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16. The show will open Friday, Sept. 17, with performances scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 26. Tickets cost $14 for the preview; $18 for other performances. Reserved seating will be available for an additional $2 each.

oregon cabaret theatre: First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. For tickets, visit the box office, see or call 541-488-2902.

RIFFIN' & TAPPIN': An original OCT production featuring high-energy tap dance numbers along with jazz music and vocals will run through Oct. 31. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. Matinees are set for 1 p.m. Sundays. Preview tickets cost $19. Other tickets cost $21 for Sunday evening performances; $27 for Sunday matinees; $27 and $29 for Thursday's and Monday's shows; and $31 and $33 for Friday's and Saturday's shows. A gourmet dinner menu is available for evening shows, and brunch is available for Sunday's matinees. Ticket prices do not include food or beverage.

OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See or call 541-482-4331.

Twelfth night: Shakespeare's treasured comedy brims with antics and beloved characters, both prudish and crudish. The show will run through Oct. 11 on the Elizabethan Stage. Darko Tresnjak directs.

Henry IV, Part One: Shakespeare's drama sets King Henry and his line in a life-or-death struggle for England's political future. The show will run through Oct. 12 on the Elizabethan Stage. Penny Metropulos directs.

The Merchant of venice: Shakespeare's ironic comedy examines the quality of mercy when moneylender Shylock makes a harsh demand for repayment. The show will run through Oct. 13 on the Elizabethan Stage. Bill Rauch directs.

hamlet: William Shakespeare's psychological tragedy will run through Oct. 30 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Bill Rauch directs.

SHE LOVES ME: A love letter to the American musical, with book by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, will run through Oct. 30 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Rebecca Taichman directs.

Throne of Blood: The premiere of Ping Chong's adaptation of Japanese director and screenwriter Akira Kurosawa's version of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" will run through Oct. 31 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Chong directs.

American Night: THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSÉ: Los Angeles-based performance troupe Culture Clash with writer-comedians Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Sigüenza team up with actors at OSF to present a comic mix of past and present, stereotype and truth. The show will run through Oct. 31 in the New Theatre. Jo Bonney directs.

ruined: Lynn Nottage's 2009 Pulitzer- and Obie-winning tribute to the resilience of women will run through Oct. 31 in the New Theatre. Liesl Tommy directs.

pride and prejudice: Joseph Hanreddy's and J.R. Sullivan's adaptation of the Jane Austen novel will run through Oct. 31 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Libby Appel directs.

rogue opera auditions: Auditions for Rogue Opera's production of Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata" will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, and from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Performers interested in principal and minor roles, as well as the chorus, are welcome to audition. Bring a photo, resume and sheet music for the accompanist. Be prepared to sing two pieces for the principal roles and one piece for the others. Call 541-608-6400 or visit for information.

Call to actors and stage technicians: Actors and technicians may volunteer for Randall Theatre Company's "Return of Shriektoberfest," a haunted Halloween attraction to be held for 10 nights in late October. Volunteers may contact Robin Downward at and leave names, areas of interest and contact phone numbers.

call to playwrights: The Northwest Ten Festival of Ten-Minute Plays invites Oregon-based playwrights to submit previously unproduced and unpublished plays for its show to be held April 1-3 and 8-10 in Eugene. Submissions may be e-mailed to before Oct. 31. Guidelines and information are available at

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