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–Ryan Beltram, EDN

It’s getting really cold outside. Instead of visiting an air-conditioned movie theater, you should check out the local playhouses. I’m sure it’s warmer, and you get to see the actors live. There aren’t any new plays debuting this week but I’ll remind you about some that are still in production, including a few that will be ending this week.

Professional Theater


Angels in America: Millennium Approaches is in its final week of production at the Trial By Fire Theatreworks. Performances run through Dec. 10 at The Janie Heart Theatre Reality Kitchen at 245 Van Buren. Contact the box office for times: (541) 683-1429.

Set in New York City in the mid ’80s, Angels in America focuses on two couples: Louis and his lover, Prior, and Joe and his mentally ill wife, Harper. The four people are affected by the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and both couples’ stories become connected as Louis and Joe become romantically involved.

The play focuses on many controversial and challenging themes such as politics, sex and religion, and takes place in in Washington, Utah and Antarctica.

The Actors Cabaret of Eugene continues its run of A Christmas Carol. Tickets are limited for shows on Dec. 9-11. Weekday shows are at 7:30 pm, while the Sunday matinee starts at 2 pm. The final two performances will be Dec. 16 and 17.

Lord Leebrick Theatre resumes its production of SantaLand Diaries on Dec. 8-11. Friday and Saturday shows will be at 8 pm while the Sunday viewing will be at 2 pm.

David Sedaris’ unique view of the world is on display in this play about a guy who takes a job as an elf in “SantaLand” at Macy’s department store.

Over at The Very Little Theater, you have three more days to view Family Reunion. Shows will be at 8 pm Friday and Saturday and the final show will be at 2 pm on Sunday, Dec. 11.

Becoming a VLT staple, Family Reunion tells the story of a middle-aged man being visited by his mother, father, brother, ex-wife and ex-mistress. He thought they were all dead and now he must rethink what’s important to him. Sounds like a scarier version of A Christmas Carol.

Student Theater

There’s only one high school play to see this week and it’s probably one you’ve heard of.

Churchill High School - A Midsummer Nights Dream

Churchill High School will be showing its final three productions of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 7 pm, Dec. 8-10.

Dealing with themes of love, individual identity and feminism, A Midsummer Night’s Dream weaves three plots all connected by the wedding of Duke Theseus of Athens and the Amazon queen, Hippolyta. Set in the woods in the realm of Fairyland, the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of amateur actors plays out.

A number of plays are in their final week of production so if you still plan on seeing one, this is your last chance.

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