ASHLAND CONTEMPORARY THEATRE: The community theater company presents "Larry's Best Friend," by local playwright David C. Hill, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Hill's romantic comedy is about a man whose dog is magically changed into a beautiful woman. Hill compares relationships between men and women with the relationships people have with their pets. Shows are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 10. Evalyn Hansen directs. The cast features John Litton, Emma Wilkinson, Douglas Young, Ruby Henrie and Alexei Mendes. The production is sponsored by Friends of the Animal Shelter. A benefit performance for the animal shelter will be held Oct. 2. Tickets cost $15, $12 for seniors and students and are available at Paddington Station in Ashland, the Grocery Outlet in Medford, online at www.ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org or by calling 541-646-2971.

ASHLAND CONTEMPORARY THEATRE: The community theater company presents "Larry's Best Friend," by local playwright David C. Hill, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Hill's romantic comedy is about a man whose dog is magically changed into a beautiful woman. Hill compares relationships between men and women with the relationships people have with their pets. Shows are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 10. Evalyn Hansen directs. The cast features John Litton, Emma Wilkinson, Douglas Young, Ruby Henrie and Alexei Mendes. The production is sponsored by Friends of the Animal Shelter. A benefit performance for the animal shelter will be held Oct. 2. Tickets cost $15, $12 for seniors and students and are available at Paddington Station in Ashland, the Grocery Outlet in Medford, online at www.ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org or by calling 541-646-2971.

ashland new plays festival: The 2010 New Plays Festival will present four plays Oct. 20-24, at the First Congregational Church, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The festival lineup includes "The Exceptionals" by Bob Clyman, with performances set for 8 p.m. Oct. 20 and 2 p.m. Oct. 24. "The Insidious Impact of Anton," by David Hilder, is set for 8 p.m. Oct. 21 and 2 p.m. Oct. 23. "A Gold Star in the Window," by Harlene Goodrich, is set for 2 p.m. Oct. 22 and 8 p.m. Oct. 23, and Jami Brandli's "Technicolor Life" is at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 and 8 p.m. Oct. 22. Tickets for ANPO 2010 are available at Paddington Station, online at www.AshlandNewPlays.org or by calling 541-488-7995.

camelot theatre company: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. The box office is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. Call 541-535-5250. Tickets also may be purchased at www.CamelotTheatre.org.

Always ... Patsy cline: Livia Genise performs as Patsy Cline in Ted Swindley's musical tribute, "Always ... Patsy Cline." Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 7. Previews are set for Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 6-7. Preview tickets cost $12. An additional performance is set for Wednesday, Oct. 13. Tickets for all other performances cost $21, $19 for students and seniors. Reserved seating is available for an additional $2 per ticket.

oregon cabaret theatre: First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. For tickets, visit the box office, see www.oregoncabaret.com or call 541-488-2902.

RIFFIN' & TAPPIN': An original OCT production featuring high-energy tap dance numbers along with jazz music and vocals will run through Oct. 31. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. Matinees are set for 1 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $21 for Sunday evening performances; $27 for Sunday matinees; $27 and $29 for Thursday's and Monday's shows; and $31 and $33 for Friday's and Saturday's shows. A gourmet dinner menu is available for evening shows, and brunch is available for Sunday's matinees. Ticket prices do not include food or beverage.

OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See www.osfashland.org or call 541-482-4331.

Twelfth night: Shakespeare's treasured comedy brims with antics and beloved characters, both prudish and crudish. The show will run through Oct. 11 on the Elizabethan Stage. Darko Tresnjak directs.

Henry IV, Part One: Shakespeare's drama sets King Henry and his line in a life-or-death struggle for England's political future. The show will run through Oct. 12 on the Elizabethan Stage. Penny Metropulos directs.

The Merchant of venice: Shakespeare's ironic comedy examines the quality of mercy when moneylender Shylock makes a harsh demand for repayment. The show will run through Oct. 13 on the Elizabethan Stage. Bill Rauch directs.

hamlet: William Shakespeare's psychological tragedy will run through Oct. 30 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Bill Rauch directs.

SHE LOVES ME: A love letter to the American musical, with book by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, will run through Oct. 30 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Rebecca Taichman directs.

Throne of Blood: The premiere of Ping Chong's adaptation of Japanese director and screenwriter Akira Kurosawa's version of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" will run through Oct. 31 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Chong directs.

American Night: THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSÉ: Los Angeles-based performance troupe Culture Clash with writer-comedians Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Sigüenza team up with actors at OSF to present a comic mix of past and present, stereotype and truth. The show will run through Oct. 31 in the New Theatre. Jo Bonney directs. OSF has added four performances of "American Night" to its production schedule. The dates are 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 22 and 29, 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, and 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21.

ruined: Lynn Nottage's 2009 Pulitzer- and Obie-winning tribute to the resilience of women will run through Oct. 31 in the New Theatre. Liesl Tommy directs.

pride and prejudice: Joseph Hanreddy's and J.R. Sullivan's adaptation of the Jane Austen novel will run through Oct. 31 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Libby Appel directs.

auditions: Musicians interested in auditioning for OSF's 2011 production of "The Pirates of Penzance" may submit resumés, two-minute music samples on audio CDs and notated copies of the score selections to Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland, 97520, Attn: Darcy Danielson. Performances will run from early June to mid-October on the Elizabethan Stage. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, Sept. 30.

Call to actors and stage technicians: Actors and technicians may volunteer for Randall Theatre Company's "Return of Shriektoberfest," a haunted Halloween attraction to be held for 10 nights in late October. Volunteers may contact Robin Downward at randalltheatre@gmail.com and leave names, areas of interest and contact phone numbers.

call to playwrights: The Northwest Ten Festival of Ten-minute Plays invites Oregon-based playwrights to submit previously unproduced and unpublished plays for its show to be held April 1-3 and 8-10 in Eugene. Submissions may be e-mailed to NW10Festival@gmail.com before Oct. 31. Guidelines and information are available at lordleebrick.com/events_specialevents.