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"Disney’s Beauty and the Beast" at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Atlanta Lyric Theatre invites you to be its guest for a June staging of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The Broadway original, based on the 1991 Oscar-winning animated (score) feature film, ran for more than 13 years and earned nine Tony Award nominations, winning for best costumes. You likely know this tale as old as time: The bookish, beautiful Belle encounters a despondent Beast who must learn to love and be loved to break a curse. The Alan Menken-Howard Ashman-Tim Rice score includes "Something There," "Human Again," "Be Our Guest" and the title song.
"Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)" at Actor's Express
Actor's Express takes on Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 and 3), an acclaimed trilogy by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) and one of the most celebrated American plays of the past decade. Father won off-Broadway’s 2015 Obie Award for playwriting and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. The plot updates Homer’s The Odyssey to the American Civil War, mixing history, hip-hop and contemporary language, in telling the story of a slave named Hero, who's offered his freedom if he’ll fight for the Confederacy.
"La Gringa" at Theatre in the Square
Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square stages La Gringa, a play about identity by Carmen Rivera. Mari­a Elena Garcia goes to visit her family in Puerto Rico, planning to use the trip to connect with her homeland. Once there, however, she finds she doesn’t fit in. Most Puerto Ricans consider her American — a gringa. Most Americans consider her Puerto Rican. Maria believes she’s a nobody everywhere, until her uncle intervenes.
"The Classic Show" at Whole World Theatre
Whole World Improv Theatre calls its Classic Improv Show "Atlanta's antidepressant since 1994." It's 90 minutes of improv scenes and games all conjured up on the spot from audience suggestions, performed by members of the company's Mainstage Actors and hosted by by of one of its fiiiiiiiine emcees (their spelling). Join in the hilarity, at Whole World's Spring Street home, at 9 p.m. Friday and/or 8 p.m. Saturday.
"The Dancing Handkerchief" at Theatrical Outfit
Theatrical Outfit ends its 2016/17 with The Dancing Handkerchief — part magic act, part musical and part puppet show — featuring early songs by multi-award-winning composer/lyricist Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Frozen). It tells the story of Mysterioso the Magician and his curious child, Bastienne, who, through an epic separation and reunion, learn to see each other in a truer, hope-filled light. A Balladeer sings tunes that paint a comic and fantastical world inhabited by a beckoning handkerchief, an otherworldly suitcase, magical creatures and one gigantic, ravenous rabbit. Tom Key, Theatrical Outfit's artistic director, leads the cast as Mysterioso in this co-production with The Flying Carpet Theatre Company in New York.
"The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told" at Out Front Theatre
Out Front Theatre Company ends its inaugural season with The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, a 1998 comedy from Paul Rudnick, inspired by the fundamentalist remark,"God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve." In Rudnick’s revisionist version of the Bible, God makes Adam and Steve, along with Jane and Mabel, the first lesbians. The foursome navigates the centuries together, encountering the gay animals on Noah's ark, a lesbian rabbi and a flamboyant pharaoh. The historical pageant lands in present-day NYC.