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ACE brings back a cult favorite.

Byline: The Register-Guard

A wry Tom Stoppard comedy as well as a musical about a boy, a girl and a maneating plant are set to open on area stages Friday.

OPENING THIS WEEK

Little Shop of Horrors

Actors Cabaret of Eugene

Friday through Oct. 17

"Little Shop" has long been a standby for Actors Cabaret of Eugene. The cult-favorite musical comedy grew out of a 1960 black-comedy film of the same title and has become its own theatrical empire.

ACE's new production will feature a brand-new enormous version of Audrey II, the famous maneating plant. Audrey's voice will be supplied by ACE regular Mark VanBeever, who was just elected Eugene's new Slug Queen.

The director is Michael Watkins, with musical direction by Jim Greenwood and vocal direction by Gerald Walters. The cast also includes Cody Mendonca, Samantha White, Marc Innocenti, Colin Gray, Ashley Apelzin, Sophie Mitchell, Melissa Miller, Emily Schmerber, Laura Elizabeth, Sue Menen Jessing and Alexander Holmes.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Sept. 18-19 and 25-26 and Oct. 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17. A single Sunday matinee begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 4. Tickets are $19 reserved, $16 restricted view and $35.95 for dinner seating. Brunch tickets for the Sunday matinee are $32.95.

For tickets, go to www.actorscabaret.org or call 683-4368.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Cottage Theatre

Friday through Sept. 19

Stoppard's comedy imagines the offstage lives of two very minor characters in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet."

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two bit parts so similar that they are often confused in Shakespearean productions, are fools adrift in a world that is beyond their understanding in Stoppard's telling.

The play drew Tony and New York Drama Critics Circle awards for best play in 1968.

Cottage Theatre's production is directed by Tony Rust. The cast features Nikki Pagniano as Rosencrantz (or is it Guildenstern ) and Eliza Roaring Springs as Guildenstern (or perhaps she plays the other one). Also in the cast are Anna Sheehan, Josh Wayland, Jessica McClean, Jim Curtiss, Ruth Townsend, Hal Holbrook, Glenn Rust, Heidi Eldridge, Zach Nailon, Lindy Smith, Amanda Ferguson and Joe Ortis.

Curtain is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Sept. 18-19 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students at cottagetheatre.org or 541-942-8001.
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