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"Walter Cronkite is Dead," playwright Joe Calarco’s charming comedy about two women — a liberal named Margaret and a conservative named Patty — grounded at an airport during a storm, focuses on a difficult, revealing and frank conversation that results in mutual understanding between the political opposites. Jeannine Grizzard directs. Presila Quinby and Elizabeth Suzanne play the roles. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 10 and 17, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 11 and 18, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org, at Paddington Station in Ashland and Grocery Outlet in Medford, or at the door.

Theater: Friday, Nov. 9

‘Walter Cronkite is Dead': Playwright Joe Calarco’s charming comedy about two women — a liberal named Margaret and a conservative named Patty — grounded at an airport during a storm, focuses on a difficult, revealing and frank conversation that results in mutual understanding between the political opposites. Jeannine Grizzard directs. Presila Quinby and Elizabeth Suzanne play the roles. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 10 and 17, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 11 and 18, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org, at Paddington Station in Ashland and Grocery Outlet in Medford, or at the door. Call 541-646-2971 for information.

Mountain Avenue Theatre: Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Call 541-482-8771 for information and group sales. Tickets can be purchased at showtix4u.com, by calling 866-967-8167, or at Paddington Station, Tree House Books or Music Coop. Group information is available by calling 541-482-8771.

‘Shooting Stars’: Playwright Molly Newman’s drama looks at an all-female basketball team as its owner, a man, oversees every aspect of their lives: diet, hair styles, language and the way they’re allowed to play the game. When an unexpected event changes everything, the women have the chance to chart their own destinies. Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Barret O’Brien directs. The cast includes Nicky Clary, Carmen Kerr, Allie Poole, Samara French, Brooklyn Williams, Avabella Ross, Elena Schmeling and Kylah Ward. Set design is by Richard Hay. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. Tickets are $15 for reserved seating, $10 for general seating, $7 for students and seniors. Reserved seating is available only online.

Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250.

‘Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead’: In dark comedic fashion, Tom Stoppard follows the musings and misadventures of two friends of Shakespeare’s Prince Hamlet as they unwittingly lead themselves to their own deaths by forces they are unable to comprehend. Alex Boyles and Erny Rosales star. Gwen Overland directs. Overland sets the play in a world chaotic after a series of natural disasters, including wildfires, floods, tropical storms and hurricanes. Set is by Nico Hewitt, costumes by Cherelle Guyton, lighting by Bart Grady and sound by Brian O’Connor. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. Tickets are $27 to $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.

‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’: Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meet in 1904 in a Parisian cafe, just before the scientist transforms physics with his theory of relativity and the painter sets the art world on fire with cubism. Steve Martin toys with the genius of the two men and the intersection of art and science in his playfully self-referential story. Valerie Rachelle directs. Stephen Kline plays Einstein, and Stefan Espinosa plays Picasso. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Friday Saturday, Nov. 9-10, and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11. Tickets are $36, with limited $22 bistro seating.

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.

‘Small Mouth Sounds’: A motley crew of spiritual seekers find their vows of silence at odds with their need to connect during a five-day silent retreat in this sly satire of boutique spirituality and enlightenment by playwright Bess Wohl. Jackie Apodaca directs. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11, in the Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and $5 for full-time students.

‘Into the Woods’: This cavalcade of fractured fairy tales set to irresistibly rich music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine intertwines the plots of Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault tales to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. Paul Barnes directs. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 15-17, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18, in the Main Stage Theatre. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and $5 for sull-time students.

Theatre Convivio: Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Tickets are available ao.com, or by calling 541-415-0394.

‘Blood Wedding’: Emotions and tensions rise when a bride-to-be’s wedding is jeopardized the the arrival of a former lover in this folk tragedy by Spanish poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca. Richard A. Heller directs. Tristan Cameron, Sheila Dickens and Luisa Witt star in the large cast. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors, $10 for students, and can be purchased at brownpapertickets or at the door.

Puppeteers for Fears: puppeteersforfears@gmail.com. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com.

‘Robopocalypse’: Puppeteers for Fears will present its new musical, “Robopocalypse,” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Collaborative Theatre Project, 555 Medford Center. The show, with music and script by Josh Gross, features handmade puppets to tell the story of a teen hacker who builds a sentient robot that becomes a malevolent artificial intelligence that only she can stop. Alyssa Marie Mathews directs. A full band — Gross on synthesizers, Derek Deon on guitars, bassist Beau Shepherd and drummer Brandon Amadour — will provide the score. Tickets are $10 or $20.

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