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"A Comedy of Tenors" at Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Paris in the 1930s. One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends and a soccer stadium full of screaming fans. The stage is set for the concert of the century — as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep an Italian superstar and his hot-blooded wife from fomenting chaos. A Comedy of Tenors is playwright Ken Ludwig's long-awaited companion piece to the award-winning farce Lend Me a Tenor (1989). Saddle up for another ride full of mistaken identities, bedroom high jinks and slapdash fun.
"Abigail/1702" at Aurora Theatre
Ten years after the Salem witch trials, the notorious young accuser Abigail Williams seeks salvation in Boston, only to find her new life haunted by terrors of the past. She’ll face the plague, pirates, the devil and worse in this sort-of-sequel to The Crucible, Arthur Miller's American classic. For Abigail, forgiveness is everything — but it may come at an unthinkable price. The script is by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Based on a Totally True Story, Good Boys and True, Say You Love Satan). The estimable Justin Anderson, Aurora Theatre's associate artistic director, directs.
"Boy" at Theatrical Outfit
Theatrical Outfit's Boy asks whether it's nature or nurture that determines who and how we love. This Southeastern premiere, inspired by a true story, begins in 1968, when a renowned doctor convinces the parents of a baby boy to raise him as a girl after an accident. Years later, the repercussions of that choice unfold and alter lives. With humor and tenderness, Boy explores the tricky terrain of loving oneself and others amid the confusion of gender identity. The cast is led by actors Clifton Guterman and Tom Key. Boy, by New York-based playwright Anna Ziegler, contains mature themes and content.
"Cardboard Piano" at Actor's Express
Actor's Express calls this big-little drama "a provocative excavation of
modern faith." When a beloved minister steps up to the pulpit to share a
new belief the revelation rocks and divides his entire church
community. The Christians comes from playwright Lucas Hnath (Broadway's current A Doll's House, Part 2).
It had its world premiere at the prestigious Humana Festival of New
American Plays in 2014 and, in 2015, ran off-Broadway. The acting
company includes a church choir.
"Morningside" at Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Award-winning playwright Topher Payne returns to the Georgia Ensemble stage with a comedy set on a sunny spring afternoon in Atlanta's Morningside neighborhood. It's there that various generations of people are thrown together ... to battle it out. Imagine a baby shower, nine women with secrets and a case of champagne. What could possibly go wrong?
"Once on This Island" at Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Once on This Island is a story of life, pain, love, grief, faith, hope and buoyant Caribbean rhythms. One stormy night on an island in the French Antilles, thunder crackles, making a small girl cry. To comfort her, the village storytellers share the tale of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love with a grand homme. The musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Anastasia) was nominated for eight 1991 Tony awards, including best musical.
"Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical" at Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Rosemary Clooney (1928–2002) was a girl singer with big bands in the 1940s and '50s and Bing Crosby's love interest in the movie White Christmas. She became famous in 1951 when Columbia Records issued "Come On-a My House," her first million-selling single but a song she hated. She had an emotional breakdown in the 1960s, attributed in part to the assassination of friend and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy. By the mid-1970s, however, she was back onstage and in the studio, eventually receiving a Grammy Award for Life Achievement. Tenderly tells her story and shares her hits, among them, "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Count Your Blessings," "Hey There" and "Mambo Italiano." Also, she was George Clooney's aunt.
"The Christians" at Actor's Express
Actor's Express calls this big-little drama "a provocative excavation of
modern faith." When a beloved minister steps up to the pulpit to share a
new belief the revelation rocks and divides his entire church
community. The Christians comes from playwright Lucas Hnath (Broadway's current A Doll's House, Part 2).
It had its world premiere at the prestigious Humana Festival of New
American Plays in 2014 and, in 2015, ran off-Broadway. The acting
company includes a church choir.
"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 Flower Room" at Actor's Express
Actor's Express stages the world premiere of this comedy from Atlanta-based playwright Daryl Fazio, which first reached AE audiences last season as staged reading in the company's Threshold Festival of New Plays. Meet Ingrid, an uptight academic who researches sexual behavior in primitive cultures while remaining completely closed off from her own sexual self. When she loses her university job, she turns to writing erotica to pay the bills —unleashing her own journey of sexual discovery. Whoa!
"The Sleepy Hollow Experience" at Serenbe Playhouse
Just as fall cools the air and leaves take on new colors, Serenbe Playhouse brings back its creepy Sleepy Hollow Experience for a fifth season. A fresh adaptation by artistic director Brian Clowdus should have heads rolling as Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones and the Headless Horseman negotiate a frightful Halloween-season favorite. Be forewarned: It's immersive, which means you might get caught in the macabre yourself. This outdoor traveling performance (without seating) begins in the Horseman's Meadow. Chairs can be provided by request through the box office at 770.463.1110.
"Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up" at Aurora Theatre
What was it like growing up in the middle of nowhere on the Georgia-Florida line? Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild) will tell you in her one-woman coming-of-age piece, Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up. Her childhood tapestry includes a lecherous goat, Pentecostals on the radio, a clutter of inbred cats, phone calls from death row and Daddy’s burnpile. The one-act includes mature themes & language, and humor.
Aurora Comedy Nights at Aurora Theatre
Comedy nights are back at Aurora Theatre, featuring the best of metro Atlanta's comedy and improv scene. You'll see national acts, comics on tour, the best local funny folk, up-and-coming talent and occasionally a night or two from the improv maniacs at Dad's Garage Theatre Company. The Aurora, in Lawrenceville, has a full bar — and no two-drink minimum. Plus there's no waitstaff to tip.
Bernstein, Prokofiev & Ravel at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Bernstein, Prokofiev and Ravel are three of a kind — cheeky, irrepressible, brazen and poetic. This Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert features Taiwanese-Australian violinist Ray Chen, a musician "to die for," according to the Huffington Post). Chen plays the smart and chic Violin Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Prokofiev ("the bad boy of Russian music"). The program opens with Leonard Bernstein's witty "Divertimento" and includes Henri Dutilleux's Métaboles and Maurice Ravel's La valse. French-born conductor Ludovic Morlot, music director of the Seattle Symphony, is on the podium.
Falla, Strauss & Beethoven at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Manuel de Falla is considered one of the most distinguished Spanish composers of the early 20th century. This Atlanta Symphony Orchestra program opens with his sizzling ballet El amor brujo (literally the "love wizard"), a feverish tale about a specter consumed with lust and cruelty. Each night, he forces a beautiful Gypsy girl — his widow — to dance with him. Colombian-born soprano Catalina Cuervo solos. Also planned: French pianist Bertrand Chamayou on Richard Strauss' "Burleske" and Beethoven's Symphony No. 4. German conductor Jun Märkl is on the podium.
Gandolfi, Lazic & Rachmaninov at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Maestro Robert Spano conducts this chic, inspired, eclectic and fun sonic journey with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Revel in the fantastical soundscapes of A Garden Feeds also the Soul, a world premiere from composer Michael Gandolfi, an Atlanta favorite. Croatian-born composer/pianist Dejan Lazić performs his own Piano Concerto "In Istrian Style.” Sergei Rachmaninov's Third Symphony caps the evening.
Lips Atlanta
For the ultimate in drag dining — yes, you read that right — Lips Atlanta is the place to be. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, anniversary, promotion or divorce, expect a rip-roaring time and a quality meal. Lips, located on Buford Highway, does its best to shock you into laughter and applause as Atlanta's top drag queens perform a full stage show, with disco lighting and a club sound system. Reviewers have called the drag-dining spot "Ken and Barbie's Dream House on acid."
Marietta Theatre Company Season Ticket
The new Marietta Theatre Company has lined up five shows for its inaugural season — all musicals, all performed at the Lyric Studio on the Square. Forever Plaid (running Aug. 18-Sept. 2) is a salute to the close harmonies of such guy groups as the Four Tops and the Four Freshmen. The Last Five Years (Oct. 20-Nov. 4) is Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown's look at a marriage. First Date (Feb. 9-24) follows a couple on a blind date that gets a little crowded. The Marvelous Wonderettes (April 13-28) does for girl groups what Forever Plaid does for guy groups. And [title of show] follows two young writers scrambling to enter a musical theater festival. It runs June 8-23. This PoshDealz is for season-ticket specials on select Thursdays and Sundays.
Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse
The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse is unlike other theaters, a place out of time, a place for live music, handcrafted period costumes and sword fights that happen inches from your neck. With an authentic British pub menu and a broad selection of Irish ales and premium brews, it's a place to eat, drink and nourish the soul. Any number of Shakespearan folk will entertain you — Macbeth, King Edward III, Romeo and Juliet, and Katherine and Petruchio from The Taming of the Shrew, among many others.
Verdi: Otello at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Shakespeare meets Italian opera with Verdi's Otello, performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and seven soloists. This telling pits one of the great romances of all time (Otello and Desdemona) against a most odious villain (Iago). Verdi takes you through Shakespeare's stormy seas, soaring love duet, a tender "Ave Maria" and a crushing conclusion. American tenor Russell Thomas sings Otello, Mary Elizabeth Williams is Desdemona and Nmon Ford is Iago. Music director Robert Spano conducts.