Death, Romance, Comedy, Action

imageLast summer, we wrote about how to escape the heat in Corvallis: head to the theater. Now it’s time to escape the cold, and the endless rain we all know will extend through summer. But a break from the elements is not all the theater is good for.

The amount of work that goes into a stage production can be masked by the sense of ease emanating from that same stage. And as it turns out, Corvallis puts a lot of work into its performances. Here’s what’s coming to stages near you:

Corvallis School District

Since 1981, Cats has been making the rounds to theaters around the world. From Feb. 23 to March 12, it will grace the Corvallis School District Theater’s stage a total of 13 times. The musical’s main event features a ball, where a tribe of cats decides which one of them gets a chance at a new life. To be clear, the district would like you to know, “This is not high school theater. This is professional theater done with high school kids.”

Tickets are $12 for adults and seniors, $10 for students (ages 11 to 19), $8 for youth (ages 5 to 10), $5 for kids (4 and under), and $5 with SNAP benefits.

Albany Civic Theater

Big Fish, The Musical
The story of Big Fish began as a novel, was recreated as a film by Tim Burton, and is now incarnated in musical form directed by Christi E. Sears just across the water in Albany. Set in the American South, Big Fish is a story about a man who likes to tell stories of his own epic adventures. Opening weekend has passed, but there are three weeks left of this production, which extends through March 4 every weekend.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $12 for seniors and juniors.

The Trouble with Cats
When a Minnesotan double-books two families to house-sit for her, an immediate clash between classes abounds. Oregonians might resonate with this one, as one family is full of vegans and free spirits, and the other is upper middle class from the Northeast. It wouldn’t be complete without the neighbors getting involved, and a lost cat too. Director Scott Harvey presents The Trouble with Cats on weekends from March 24 through April 9.

Tickets are $13 for general admission, and $10 for seniors and juniors.


For the Love of Lies
For the Love of Lies is a romantic comedy in the form of Commedia dell’arte, an Italian form of theater that relies on a balance of improvisational and staged actions. It’s your basic trope of two people fighting to live happily every after, and Director Dan Stone says to expect some very “crude behavior” and “adult situations.” Dates for this production are Feb. 16 to 18 and Feb. 24 to 26 at OSU’s Withycombe Hall Main Stage.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $8 for youth/students, and $5 for OSU students.

OSU’s student-oriented Lab Theater presents boom, a quirky comedy written by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and directed by Reed Morris. It’s the story of Jo and Jules, two students who meet up for an unusual encounter of sexual nature—but mystery ensues. Catch the student production on March 9, March 11, and March 12.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $8 for youth/students, and $5 for OSU students.

The Majestic

Terry Pratchett’s Mort
Based on the novel of the same title, Mort is a play about a guy named Mort who gets offered a job from Death himself. Apparently Mort’s leadership style is emotional rather than rational, which is revealed through his encounters with characters like wizards and talking door knockers. Again, opening weekend has passed, but the Majestic is putting this on through Feb. 19.

Tickets range from $14 to $16.

Terra Nova
The Majestic Reader’s Theater brings you Terra Nova, a play set in 1912. Five Englishmen and five Norwegians head to the bottom of the Earth, and only the Norwegians return. This chilling and sobering play is directed by a guy with hands-down the best last name, Don Taco. Catch this at either 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. on Feb. 26.

Tickets range from $10 to $12.

Crossing Delancy
Susan Sandler’s romantic comedy is set in New York’s upper West Side. It follows the story of Isabelle, torn between someone she has nothing in common with and a guy she’s wanted the attention of for a while. The Majestic Reader’s Theater presents this on March 25 and 26.

Tickets range from $10 to $12.


Evita is a musical about Argentina’s First Lady Eva Perón. Latin, pop, and jazz-influenced scores follow her complex life from actress to a First Lady focused on social justice. As First Lady, she fought for workers’ rights, health care, and brought women the right to vote in Argentina before she died at the age of 33. Evita is on the Majestic’s stage from May 5 to 28.

Tickets range from $20 to $25. 

By Regina Pieracci


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