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Comedy becomes a recurring `Dream'.

Byline: The Register-Guard

A revival of last spring's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is opening at the University of Oregon this weekend while Lane Community College is opening "The Cherry Orchard" on Friday.

Meanwhile, at a nursing home in Eugene, a troupe calling itself Blue Giraffe Theatre puts on a series of 15 performance pieces by residents.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Robinson Theatre, University of Oregon

Friday and Saturday

Summer, alas, is over, but thoughts of summer are not. University Theatre is kicking off its new season by bringing back last spring's production of the Shakespearean comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for two performances this weekend.

Register-Guard reviewer Dorothy Velasco praised the show last spring as a "bawdy, gender-bending production that provides plenty of boisterous hilarity."

Directed by associate professor John Schmor, the classic play tells the story of two couples, Hermia and Lysander and Helena and Demetrius, whose romantic confusion takes them into the play's fairyland woods.

Both performances begin at 8 p.m. in the University of Oregon's Robinson Theatre, 1109 Old Campus Lane. Free parking is available in the university parking lot at 11th Avenue and Kincaid Street.

Tickets are $12 for the general public, $9 for University of Oregon faculty and staff, senior citizens, and non-UO students. Admission is $5 for University of Oregon students.

The Cherry Orchard

Lane Community College

Friday through Oct. 21

Welcome to "Chekhovland": That's what director Patrick Torelle calls this production of the Anton Chekhov drama "The Cherry Orchard," which opens Friday at LCC in an adaptation by David Mamet.

The play centers on Lyubov `Lovie' Andreevna (Judith `Sparky' Roberts) and her eccentric family members Gaev (Matt Keating), Anya (Hannah Mootz) and Varya (Caitlin Jean Tischer) as they come to grips with the reality that their vast cherry orchard estate must be sold to pay off an extreme debt.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, then 8 p.m. Oct. 5-7, 12-13, 19-21 and 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at the LCC Performance Hall's Main Stage. General admission tickets are $10; call 463-5761.

Messages From the Valley

Valley West Health Care Center


Fifteen individual performance pieces by nursing home residents make up this unusual show by the Blue Giraffe Theatre Company, directed by Judith Voss.

The performances will be staged at Valley West Health Care Center, 2300 Warren St. in the Churchill area.

The theme of the show is the universal longing to be seen, acknowledged, understood and accepted for being one's true self. Voss recruited those residents who she knew had a particular desire to tell their stories in creative ways.

The pieces are presented through music, movement, spoken word and projected visual images.

The show will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and include a post-show reception with refreshments.

For information, call 686-2828.
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Date:Sep 28, 2006
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