Plays on local theaters: Dec. 1, 2011

ASHLAND CONTEMPORARY THEATRE: "It's Only a Play," a comedy by playwright Terrence McNally, will show at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3, and Monday, Dec. 5, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. A matinee is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. "It's Only a Play" is a send-up of show business — it's all prayers for a new Broadway show as the cast and director wait for critics' reviews. The New York Times called McNally's play "side-splittingly funny." Tickets cost $15, $12 for seniors and $8 for students. Tickets are available at Paddington Station in Ashland, Grocery Outlet in Medford,, by calling 541-646-2971 or at the door.

CAMELOT THEATRE COMPANY: In the James Morrison Collier Theatre Building, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. The box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. For tickets, call 541-535-5250 or see Reserved seating is available for an additional $2 per seat. Student rush tickets cost $10 and are available five minutes before showtime.

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EXIT 48: The dinner-theater troupe will present an original, holiday-themed murder mystery, "The Cookie Crumbles," Saturdays, Dec. 10 and 17, at The Station Restaurant, 595 Main St., Rogue River. Dinner service will begin at 6 p.m. Guests are invited to play minor roles in the drama, set in Santa's workshop. Tickets cost $34 and include a full-course meal. Call 541-582-9725 or see for reservations.

OREGON CABARET THEATRE: First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. For tickets, visit the box office, see or call 541-488-2902. Gourmet dinners are available at 6:30 p.m. for evening shows, and brunch is available at 11:30 a.m. for Saturday and Sunday matinees. Ticket prices do not include food or beverages.

CABARET CHRISTMAS: OCT's holiday production will include traditional holiday songs, hilarious parodies, favorites from past shows and lots of funny and touching original songs and sketches. Look for a tap-dancing Santa, an Eskimo tango and party-planning tips from the Minnesota Lutheran Ladies. The holiday fun will showcase performers Kymberli Colbourne, Christopher George Patterson, Meagan Iverson, Natasha Harris and Paul Wrona. Jim Giancarlo and Colbourne direct. Performances are set for 8 p.m. nightly, except Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 24 and 25, through Saturday, Dec. 31. Matinees will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, except Dec. 25. Tickets cost $35 for Friday and Saturday evenings, $25 for Sunday evenings, $31 for weeknights, $29 for Saturday and Sunday matinees and $16 for bistro seating.

NAUGHTY OR NICE? Oregon Cabaret Theatre will present late-night entertainment through December. Hear sweet and sassy mixes of pop, rock, R&B and jazz by such house favorites as Christopher George Patterson, Shaeny Johnson, Kymberli Colbourne, Natasha Harris and Paul Wrona, along with local performers Veronica DeWitt, Alonzo Moore, Mark Barsekian, Anjali Altman and jazz combo Tom Freeman, Paul Jenny, Carl Iverson and Jay Jorgensen. It starts at 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 8-9, Thursday, Dec. 15, and Thursday and Friday, Dec. 22-23; at 9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19. Tickets cost $15, $5 for students. A bistro menu and beverages will be available.

RANDALL THEATRE COMPANY: 10 E. Third St., Medford. Tickets are available at or at the door.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: A revue of side-splitting skits from "Carol Burnett and Friends" will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Rob Pendell directs the cast of local actors. Tickets cost $15, $12 for seniors and children. Buy one ticket and get the second for half off.

it's a jolly holiday: Robin Downward and his company of local performers will present traditional holiday tunes, a humorous reading of " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and a one-act version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 21-22, and at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23. In the spirit of the holiday, admission to all shows will be pay-what-you-want.

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