Fall is upon us, and with it a new season for the Majestic Theatre. Their upcoming crop of shows promises a mix of music, serious drama, humor and even a little science fiction. Here’s our preview of the Majestic’s fall lineup.
An Evening with George Winston
Sept. 13 at 7:30 and Sept. 14 at 7:30 pm
For two nights, acclaimed pianist George Winston will be performing at the Majestic. Inspired by the great performers of the Jazz Age, Winston has released 16 albums over a 48 year career, and even created his own solo style, which he refers to as “rural folk piano.” The theater will be collecting for a local food bank during the concert.
Terry Robb Quartet
Sept. 20 at 7:30 • Tickets: $18 – 20
An inductee of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Cascades Blues Association Hall of Fame, guitarist Terry Robb’s style is influenced by the blues, ragtime, country, swing, and jazz. Robb, a former resident of Corvallis, has released 15 albums and has been featured on “Game of Thrones,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” and “Portland Mojo: How Stumptown Got the Blues.”
Dancing at Lughnasa
Sept. 27 and 28, Oct. 4 & 5 at 7:30 pm
Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 at 2:30 pm
Tickets: $14 – 16, Opening Night $10
Written by Irish playwright Brian Friel, Dancing in Lughnasa follows the five Mundy sisters in the August of 1936. The town of Ballybeg in County Donegal is celebrating the Lughnasa harvest festival, and the Mundy women hope to find love this summer. However, their missionary brother, Jack, returns after 25 years in Africa suffering from malaria and memory loss. The threat of the Great Depression looms overhead, and the sisters are faced with the dissolution of their family.
On the Verge; or the Geography of Learning
Sept. 28 at 3 pm
Sept. 29 at 3 & 7 pm
Tickets: $11 – 13
On the Verge, presented by the Majestic Reader’s Theatre Company, follows Mary, Fanny and Alex, three women explorers in 1888 as they venture through Terra Incognita. The ladies trade stories of their exploits and work out their own personal differences during a voyage not through a lost continent, but through time itself. How will these bold adventurers handle the strange, new world of the 1950s?
The Corvallis Sideshow Auditions
Sept. 28 from 2 – 5 pm
The Majestic is looking for talent for the Corvallis Sideshow, a community arts program that will open on January 10, 2020. The goal is to showcase the weird and wonderful talents of the people of the valley. The auditions will be held at the Walnut Community Room for performing artists of all stripes. Benton county residency required to participate.
Singu-hilarity: A Robot
Comedy Variety Show
Oct. 11 at 7:30 pm • Tickets: $10
Not even the theater is safe from automation! Returning from the Majestic’s previous season, Singu-hilarity is hosted by stand-up comedian Jon the Robot, and features a plethora of acts with a high-tech flair.
Oct. 12 at 7:30 pm • Tickets: $12 – 14
2 Towns Ciderhouse and Block 15 Brewing Company bring a night of competitive comedy to the style of “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” The audience gets to decide which crew wins with the most laughs.
Corvallis Comedy Night:
Oct. 18 at 7:30 • Tickets: $14
For the past two years, Corvallis Comedy Night has brought some of the best voices in comedy to the valley. Kicking off their third season is Josh Johnson. A former writer for “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon, where he got his stand-up debut, Johnson has performed for Netflix, Comedy Central, and clubs around the country. He currently writes for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.”
Oct. 26 at 3 pm • Oct. 27 at 3 & 7 pm
Tickets: $11 –13
The Majestic Reader’s Theatre presents Diana Son’s Stop Kiss. Callie, a New York City traffic reporter, agrees to cat sit for Sara, a schoolteacher new to the city. The two bond quickly, and begin to fall for each other. Callie is forced to confront her feelings after an attack leaves Sara in a coma.
Next to Normal
Nov. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7:30pm
November 3, 10, 17 at 2:30pm
Tickets: $16 – 18, Opening Night & Thursdays $10
Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s 2008 rock musical follows the Goodmans, a “typical” suburban family: workaday dad Dan, stay-at-home mom Diana, and their smart-mouthed teenaged children Gabe and Natalie. But beneath the veil of normalcy they’re struggling to cope with Diana’s deteriorating mental state, thanks to a long battle with bipolar disorder. The show won three Tony Awards in 2009 including Best Musical Score, the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and made the top ten lists of The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times.
Quality of Life
Nov. 23 at 3 pm • Nov. 24 at 3 & 7 pm
Tickets: $11 – 13
Jane Anderson’s The Quality of Life, another Reader’s Theatre presentation, is the story of two couples dealing with grief. Bill and Dinah, a pair of churchy Midwesterners, are mourning the loss of their daughter. Dinah’s Californian cousin Jeanette faces the death of her husband, Neil, who has terminal cancer. When Dinah reaches out to her hippie in-laws, cultures clash and the two families are brought together by their shared loss, only to be driven apart by their wildly differing methods of coping.
MST3k: Shriek of the Mutilated (1974)
Nov.29 at 7:30pm • Tickets: $10
The Majestic’s own take on cult classic television show “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” where local actors and improvisers fearlessly heckle the worst B-movies Tinseltown has to offer, complete with PSAs. This season’s offering is Shriek of the Mutilated, featuring a professor and four grad students on the hunt for the elusive yeti. The film received this glowing endorsement from TV Guide: “This is one of the all-time worst, but the unintentional laughs may make it worth a look for those who can stomach inept filmmaking.”
Majestic Holiday Spectacular
December 14 at 7:30pm
To cap off their holiday donation drive, the Majestic’s myriad programs are showcased in a multicultural holiday extravaganza, hosted by Majestic Director Jimbo Ivy. The evening’s festivities will also include a silent auction and bake sale.
The Importance of Being Earnest
Dec. 28 at 3 pm • Dec. 29 at 3 & 7 pm
Tickets: $11 – 13
In this classic comedy, presented by Reader’s Theater, Victorian society’s obsession with appearances is skewered with Oscar Wilde’s trademark wit. English gentleman Jack Worthing uses the alias of his fictitious brother, Ernest, to woo Gwendolen Fairfax, the cousin of Algernon Montcrief, Jack’s best friend. However, Algernon himself also assumes the identity of Ernest in order to pursue Jack’s ward Cecily Cardew. Wilde showcases the ridiculous complexity of Victorian life with the lengths the two gentleman go to in order to live the lives they desire.
Visit http://majestic.org for tickets
By Brandon Urey