The Unfortunates… a New Play at OSF

The Unfortunates is now playing at the OSF 2013 Season in the Thomas Theatre

The Unfortunates is now playing at the OSF 2013 Season in the Thomas Theatre

The Unfortunates, A world Premier in the Thomas Theatre

We saw the play last week;  it was quite entertaining, and surprising.  A musical where blues, gospel and rap mix in the story, telling us about despair and how sad tunes can help you keep your dignity when you are in a pickle…..

Please make sure to read about the play in the  “Illuminations” brochure before going in!

King Lear at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland

carousel_1020_547_Lear_r2This is a contemporary and timeless version of King Lear. Directed by OSF artistic director Bill Rauch. Michael Winters and Jack Willis alternate performances as King Lear.

We saw Jack Willis as King Lear, we first saw him last season as LBJ in All the Way. He was very powerful as LBJ and equally so as King Lear.

This is a modern and spare production (at one point Lear watches a flat screen TV)  Lear asks his daughters ” who loves me best ” Cordelia his youngest daughter will not play the game and is banished.  I wanted to see more of Codelia played by Sofia Jean Gomez in her first season at OSF, but she only appears at the beginning and end of the play.

The Thomas Theatre is very intimate and the intensity of the story makes us the audience feel like part of the action in this often gory and emotional play.

12th Annual Film Festival in Ashland Oregon

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Festival starts on April 4th until April 8th.  Last Year I saw the award winning ”Ethel” a documentary about Ethel Kennedy made by her youngest daughter Rory.

This year there are 91 films, on a  wide variety of subjects and from many different countries. Documentaries, short films and feature length films, many of these are world premiers.

These are films that you will probably not see anywhere else but here in Ashland. There is something for everyone.

For more information, go to: www.ashlandfilm.org

My Fair Lady at OSF in Ashland Oregon

Lady_Now_Playing_746x420George Bernard Shaw’s play  “Pygmalion”  comes to life in Oregon Shakespeare Festivals ” My Fair Lady”.

I have always loved this story of  a working class girl Eliza Doolittle who meets an upper class Professor  Henry Higgins outside a Theatre where she is selling flowers. With the help of the  wonderful music of Lerner and Loewe we are transported to early 1900′s London.

In this production there are all of  the songs that we love and are familiar with.  Rachael Warren as Eliza has a beautiful voice  and Jonathan Haugen as Henry Higgins has great comic timing and a much better voice than Rex Harrison in the film version. I especially loved Ken Robinson as Freddy Eynsford-Hill he was a real hoot.

The musical is a sheer delight, it had me hooked at the very beginning. I came out of the Theatre singing ” I could have danced all night ” and as the next line of the song goes I would have begged for more. Three hours was not enough for me I did wish for more.

Taming of the Shrew at the Bowmer Theatre in Ashland

taming of the shrewThis thoroughly modern version of Shakespeare’s comedy “ The Taming of the Shrew ” is a sheer delight. I loved every minute of it, with it’s contemporary references and Rockabilly band.

It’s a fresh, fun romp full of slap stick humor and foot tapping music.

Run, don’t walk to the box office to get your ticket’s you won’t be disappointed.

Chamber Music Concerts at Southern Oregon University

Calder String QuartetSouthern Oregon University presents the Calder String Quartet who have been called “outstanding” and “superb”by the New York Times. They will perform works by Stravinsky, Ades and Beethoven on Friday March 1st 2013 at 7:30 pm. Also the Quartet will performs works by Ben Johnson, Terry Riley and Beethoven on Saturday March 2nd 2013 at 3pm.

This Chamber Music concerts take place in the Recital Hall at the Southern Oregon University at 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Ashland Oregon,

Tickets can be purchased online at www.chambermusicconcerts.org

Stay with us at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast and enjoy the show.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 season

ElizabethanLLL050505smallThis years Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays are a wonderful mix of New Plays and Old favorites and of course four of Shakespeare’s most celebrated plays.

This season promises to be very exciting.   From William Shakespeare we have King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Nights Dream and Cymbeline.

Two Trains Running By August Wilson,  The Unfortunates, an award winning musical,  Heart of Robin Hood, about Robin and his merry men,   Liquid Plain, the 18th century struggle of slaves for freedom,  The Tenth Muse, Commissioned by OSF by a rising Mexican playwright,  A Streetcar Named Desire, the Pulitzer Prize winning classic,  and the wonderful musical My Fair Lady.

Previews start on February 15th. The Grand Opening of the 2013 season will be on Friday February 22nd.

The much anticipated 78th year of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival  promises to be a season of abundance, with a wonderful mix of comedy, romance and also tragedy.

Ashland Oregon Festival of Lights

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Ashland 20th Annual Festival of Light took place on the day after Thanksgiving. The festivities kicked off with the Siskiyou Singers at 3pm, there were lots of Choirs and Bands all afternoon on the Festival Stage. At 5pm the Festival of Light Parade began at Ashland Library and wended it’s way along Main Street to the Plaza

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 where Santa Claus and Mrs Claus, Rudolph and the Elves( lovely young ladies who were dressed in short red costumes, who danced there way down the parade route just in front of Santa’s sleigh) all made there way up to the balcony of Alex’s Restaurant to lead caroling to the thousands of merry makers. Santa counted down, then  switched on the Grand Illuminations.

More singing followed with a concert by fellow Innkeeper Greg Capp singing holiday songs. This is a fabulous event every year and well worth traveling to see.

Happy Thanksgiving, join us for the Festival of Lights

The Holidays are here and turkey day is fast approaching, we are busy at the Inn for the Thanksgiving holiday week, there may be Winter storms outside, but it is cozy and warm inside the Blue Moon. Thanksgiving day will start off with a crackling fire in the grate and a wonderful breakfast served in the dining room.

Now is the time to be in Ashland,  the Festival of Lightsfestival of lights takes place the day after Thanksgiving with a Parade meandering down Main Street after dark. After the parade Santa and Mrs Santa and their Rain Deers switch  on all the Holiday Lights in down town Ashland. There is a great music concert in the Plaza and then more music of every kind in all the restaurants and bars around town. Great fun!! And a wonderful way to kick off the Holiday season.  Join us and have a great time.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland Oregon

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Oregon Cabaret Theatre is presenting Song and Dance ( American Show Business from Vaudeville to today )

The show begins on the Vaudeville stage and moves forward in time to modern Broadway shows.

This is an original Cabaret production featuring Christopher George Patterson and Kymberli Colbourn, follow them as they share their own journeys as performers.

The show will high energy dance numbers and some of the best show tunes.

The show will be performed until November 4th.

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