BEST BETS | Nov. 15-21, 2018

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“Knead,” an Alliance Theatre world premiere, runs on, as does Aurora Theatre’s festive “Christmas Canteen;” Steve Yockey’s bloody-fun-smart “Reykjavik” (Actor’s Express) and “Dry Land” (Atlanta Theatre Club) close; and the ASO does Tchaikovsky and Theofanidis. Details on these and more in this week’s curated column. Pictured: Mary Lynn Owen in “Knead.” Photo by Greg Mooney.

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 Mary Lynn Owen

Mary Lynn Owen

Knead. THROUGH DEC. 9. An Alliance Theatre world premiere.

In the wee hours, a woman attempts to bake bread from her mother’s incomprehensible recipe. But the ingredients of time and memory keep interfering, and the bread-baking process — the kneading, rising, shaping and baking, all in real time — becomes a journey into unpredictability. Bread will be baked and, perhaps, shared. Two-time Suzi Bass Award-winning actor Mary Lynn Owen wrote the one-person script, her first, and plays the woman. Knead was developed in the Alliance’s Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab and was a semifinalist for the important O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in Waterford, Conn. David de Vries directs.

Recommended for age 14 and up. $45; $10 teens. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 + 7:30 p.m. Sunday. No show Thanksgiving Day. Hertz Stage, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

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Not About Heroes. CLOSES SUNDAY. 

Arís Theatre commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with this story of friendship between a shell-shocked British soldier and a famous poet.

Wilfred Owen is 24 when he meets poet, protester and soldier Siegfried Sassoon at Scotland’s Craiglockhart War Hospital. Their mutual love of words and disillusionment with war draws them together.

The script is by British playwright Stephen MacDonald (1933-2009). Chris Harding is Owen; Eric Lang is Sassoon. Both are Atlanta-based actors. Frank Miller, a longtime theater lecturer at Georgia State University, directs. $18-$28. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 7 Stages BackStage space, 1105 Euclid Ave. NE. Tickets HERE.

 Ben Thorpe (top), Michael Vine. Photo: Casey Gardner

Ben Thorpe (top), Michael Vine. Photo: Casey Gardner

Reykjavik. CLOSES SUNDAY. 

Reykjavik at Actor’s Express unfolds beneath the otherworldly glow of the Northern Lights, where tourists and locals mingle in the shadows of Iceland’s capital city. As told by Los Angeles-based playwright Steve Yockey, an Atlanta favorite with a strong national reputation, eight interconnected vignettes play out. We eavesdrop on lovers, siblings, hotel employees, sex workers and opinionated birds. In true Yockey style (Pluto, Wolves, Octopus), this collision of sex and danger introduces a world in which the supernatural is closer than we think.

The six-person cast is directed by frequent Express and Yockey collaborator Melissa Foulger and features such familiar faces as Stephanie FriedmanEliana MarianesJoe Sykes and Ben Thorpe (Alliance Theatre’s Hand to God). This is a National New Play Network rolling world premiere, a pretty big deal.

$35 and subject to change based on demand. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. King Plow Arts Center, 887 W. Marietta St. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

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 Christopher Theofanidis

Christopher Theofanidis

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. 

THURSDAY + SATURDAY. Music director Robert Spano returns to the podium to lead Symphony No. 1 by Christopher Theofanidis and Tchaikovsky’s famously difficult Piano Concerto No. 1 (with guest artist Louis Lortie).

Theofanidis, who has a long history with the ASO, is a professor at Yale and composer-in-residence and co-director of the composition program at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. Lortie, a French-Canadian pianist, is the master in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel of Brussels.

$19-$79. 8 nightly. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.


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 Melissa McGrath (left), Samantha Binkerd. Photo: Casey Gardner

Melissa McGrath (left), Samantha Binkerd. Photo: Casey Gardner

Dry Land. CLOSES SUNDAY.

A regional premiere worth a look. Atlanta Theatre Club, a newish, female-driven theater company, does contemporary work that hasn’t been seen in the metro area before. Dry Land — a visceral play about abortion, female friendship, resiliency and what happens when Ester (Samantha Binkerd) and Amy (Melissa McGrath) are left alone in a locker room — was written in 2014, when playwright Ruby Rae Spiegel was a student at Yale. Ester is a swimmer trying to stay afloat. Amy is curled up on the floor. Contains adult content.

 Rebeca Robles, an actor-director-producer who founded the company, directs.

$35 plus fees ($17.50 for artists). 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Windmill Arts Center, 2823 Church St., East Point. Details HERE. Tickets (via Brown Paper Tickets) HERE

 Jeff Watkins

Jeff Watkins

A Man for All Seasons. CLOSES SUNDAY. 

Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse concludes its 11-performance run of the 1960 Robert Bolt drama about the fatal struggle between King Henry VIII of England and his lord chancellor, Sir Thomas More. They clash over issues of religion, power and conscience. Artistic director Jeff Watkins as More and Troy Willis as Henry VIII lead a cast of 13.

$22-$45. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Pub menu and spirited beverages available. 

499 Peachtree St. NE. Parking recommended in Emory University Hospital Midtown deck across Peachtree Street. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.874.5299, Ext. 0. Discount Tavern gift cards at PoshDealz.com.

Holiday shows

 The 2017 cast of Aurora Theatre’s “Christmas Canteen.” Photo: Chris Bartelski

The 2017 cast of Aurora Theatre’s “Christmas Canteen.” Photo: Chris Bartelski

Christmas Canteen. THROUGH DEC. 23. Christmas arrives before Thanksgiving at Aurora Theatre, which stages its 23rd original holiday revue. This show sells quickly, so if you’re interested, don’t delay. A singing, dancing cast of eight channels the golden days of TV Christmas specials (think Bing Crosby and Andy Williams) and mixes in a few contemporary moves to create a show that will have you glowing with the magic of the season. Ricardo Aponte and Anthony P. Rodriguez co-direct. Aponte also choreographs, with musical direction by Ann-Carol Pence, who also performs. This year’s merrymakers are Galen Crawley, Jimi Kocina, Christian Magby, Kristin Markiton, Chani Masionet, Kenny Tran, Cecil Washington Jr. and Briana Young. $30 and up; $20 and up for Tuesday matinees. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 10 a.m. matinees Nov. 27, Dec. 11 + Dec. 18. Limited Thanksgiving week performances. Aurora offers free, covered, attached parking in a city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.226.6222.

 Jonathan Horne and Amelia Fischer return as Arthur and Mary. Photo: David Woolf

Jonathan Horne and Amelia Fischer return as Arthur and Mary. Photo: David Woolf

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. BEGINS NOV. 21.

 Theatrical Outfit reprises its 2017 holiday hit with a script by Decatur-born, San Francisco-based playwright Lauren Gunderson and colleague Margot Melcon. This romantic and witty sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice focuses on socially awkward sister Mary and a potential romantic entanglement. Well-known Atlanta theater artist Carolyn Cook directs. Amelia Fischer and Jonathan Horne return as Mary Bennet and Arthur De Bourgh, as do Devon Hales and Juan Carlos Unzueta. New to the cast are Stephanie Friedman,Jeanette IllidgeJasmine Thomas and Justin Walker

$18-$51 plus fees. Through Dec. 23. Previews at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21 + 24 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Regularly at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Also at 11 a.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 13 + Dec. 20. No show Thanksgiving Day. The Outfit performs at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.528.1500. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 Jeremy Aggers. Photo: Chris Bartelski

Jeremy Aggers. Photo: Chris Bartelski

This Wonderful Life. OPENS NOV. 24.

This one-man version of the Jimmy Stewart film classic is new to Aurora Theatre’s holiday lineup. It features Jeremy Aggers (Singles in Architecture, Hands on a Hardbody) as, well, everybody — George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter, Uncle Billy, Mary, Mr. Gower and even Zuzu.

The script is by playwright Steve Murray (a name you might know from his days as an Atlanta Journal-Constitution critic). In repertory with the company’s one-man Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (featuring producing artistic directorAnthony P. Rodriguez). Associate artistic director Justin Anderson directs.

$20. Performances at 8 p.m. Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 5, 13, 15, 18, 20 + 22; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 25 and Dec. 1, 8, 16 + 23. Aurora offers free, covered, attached parking in a city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.226.6222.


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Waffle Palace Christmas. BEGINS NOV. 15. 

Horizon Theatre has retired Crumpet and The Santaland Diaries in favor of this world premiere, a sequel of sorts to Waffle Palace, the Larry LarsonEddie Levi Lee comedy it developed and staged thrice. The vintage, once-endangered Waffle Palace is now thriving as part of a modern multi-use complex. As the holiday season arrives, the staff is adjusting to new roles, an inexperienced employee and quirky regulars.

Four cast members return: Lala CochranAllan EdwardsMarguerite Hannah and Maria Rodriguez-Sager. The newcomers are Jennifer Alice AckerRob ClevelandBarry Stolze and Markell Williams. Co-artistic director Lisa Adler directs.

Tickets begin at $30 on weeknights, $35 on weekends plus fees and are subject to change based on demand. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Additional shows at 8 p.m. Nov. 20 and Dec. 4, 11 + 18. Matinees at 11 a.m. Dec. 6, 13 + 19. Free parking. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.584.7450.

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ALSO FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, running through Dec. 30 at the Center for Puppetry Arts; Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, opening Nov. 23 at Aurora TheatreInvasion Christmas Carol, opening Nov. 23 at Dad’s GarageIrving Berlin’s White Christmas, running Nov. 27-Dec. 8 at the Fox Theatre; The Snow Queen, beginning Nov. 28 at Serenbe PlayhouseA Nice Family Christmas, opening Nov. 29 at Stage Door PlayersCurious Holiday Encounters, running Dec. 6-9 at 7 StagesThe Ethel Merman Disco Christmas Spectacular, running Dec. 6-22 at Out Front Theatre CompanyElf the Musical, opening Dec. 7 at City Springs Theatre CompanyA Year With Frog and Toad, opening Dec. 7 at Synchronicity TheatreAtlanta Ballet’s new production of The Nutcracker, opening Dec. 8 at the Fox Theatre; the Alliance Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, opening Dec. 12 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre; and Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays and a Connie Sue Day Christmas, opening Dec. 14 at Actor’s Express.

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BEST BETS | Nov. 8-14, 2018

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Arís Theatre commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with the Veterans Day-timed “Not About Heroes;” “Knead” (Alliance) premieres; Steve Yockey’s bloody fun-smart “Reykjavik” (Actor’s Express) runs on; and Halloween shows give way to Christmas stories. Details in this week’s curated column. Pictured: Chris Harding (left) and Eric Lang in “Not About Heroes.” Photo by Marcus Geduld.

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Knead

Knead. BEGINS TUESDAY.

An Alliance Theatre world premiere. In the wee hours, a woman attempts to bake bread from her mother’s incomprehensible recipe. But the ingredients of time and memory keep interfering, and the bread-baking process — the kneading, rising, shaping and baking, all in real time —becomes a journey into the unpredictability of, well, just about everything. Bread will be baked and, maybe, shared. Two-time Suzi Bass Award-winning actor Mary Lynn Owen wrote the one-person script, her first, and plays the woman. Knead was developed in the Alliance’s third Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab and was a semifinalist for the important O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in Waterford, Conn. David de Vries directs.

Recommended for age 14 and up. Through Dec. 9. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 ($30) + Nov. 14 ($45). Regularly $45; $10 teens. Runs 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 + 7:30 p.m. Sunday. No show Thanksgiving Day. Hertz Stage, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

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Not About Heroes. THROUGH NOV. 18. 

Arís Theatre commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with this Veterans Day-timed story of friendship between a shell-shocked British soldier and a famous poet. Wilfred Owen is 24 when he meets poet, protester and soldier Siegfried Sassoon at Scotland’s Craiglockhart War Hospital. Their mutual love of words and disillusionment with war draws them together. The script is by British playwright Stephen MacDonald (1933-2009). Chris Harding is Owen; Eric Lang is Sassoon. Both are Atlanta-based actors. Frank Miller, a longtime theater lecturer at Georgia State University, directs.

$18-$28. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 7 Stages BackStage space, 1105 Euclid Ave. NE. Tickets HERE.

 Gil Eplan-Frankel. Photo: Casey Gardner

Gil Eplan-Frankel. Photo: Casey Gardner

Reykjavik. THROUGH NOV. 18. 

Reykjavik at Actor’s Express unfolds beneath the otherworldly glow of the Northern Lights, where tourists and locals mingle in the shadows of Iceland’s capital city. As told by Los Angeles-based playwright Steve Yockey, an Atlanta favorite with a strong national reputation, eight interconnected vignettes play out. We eavesdrop on lovers, siblings, hotel employees, sex workers and opinionated birds. In true Yockey style (Pluto, Wolves, Octopus), this collision of sex and danger introduces a world in which the supernatural is closer than we think. The six-person cast is directed by frequent Express (and Yockey) collaborator Melissa Foulger and features such familiar faces as Stephanie FriedmanEliana MarianesJoe Sykes and Ben Thorpe (Alliance Theatre’s Hand to God). This is a National New Play Network rolling world premiere, a pretty big deal.

$35 and subject to change based on demand. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. King Plow Arts Center, 887 W. Marietta St. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 Andrew Bidlack (from left), Vanessa Becerra and DJ Petrosino sing Tony, Maria and Bernardo, respectively, for The Atlanta Opera.

Andrew Bidlack (from left), Vanessa Becerra and DJ Petrosino sing Tony, Maria and Bernardo, respectively, for The Atlanta Opera.

West Side Story. CLOSES SUNDAY.

The Atlanta Opera presents the American musical classic by Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim about battling gangs in 1950s New York. The score is indelible — “Maria,” “Tonight,” “America,” “Cool,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere,” among others. American soprano Vanessa Becerra is Maria, with American tenor Andrew Bidlack as Tony, American baritone Brian Vu as Riff and DJ Petrosino as Bernardo, a role he performed in August at The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts. Internationally recognized director Francesca Zambello directs. Sung in English with English supertitles.

$43-$139. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.881.8885.

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 Veronika Eberle

Veronika Eberle

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. THURSDAY + SATURDAY. 

Guest conductor Roberto Abbado of Italy returns to conduct Beethoven’s buoyant Eighth Symphony and Rossini’s String Sonata No. 1, written when the composer was 12. Also on the program: Brahms’ Violin Concerto, about which a curmudgeonly 19th-century maestro once sniped that it isn’t a concerto for violin, it’s a “concerto against the violin.” Or so says the ASO website. Audiences have always loved the famously difficult piece, performed here by German violinist Veronika Eberle, making her ASO debut.

$22-$103 Thursday; $38-$69 Saturday (most sections are sold out). 8 nightly. Symphony Hall,Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

Translation

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre. FRIDAY-SUNDAY. 

Translation, a world premiere, is described as an immersive dance work by Atlanta native Troy Schumacher, a soloist and New York City Ballet choreographer. The living art installation is designed to lead audiences on a sensory journey. These performances expand on Schumacher’s 2017 version of the piece. TMBT, as the company is known, was founded a year ago by five former Atlanta Ballet principal dancers with a combined 85 years of professional experience — Christian Clark, Heath Gill, Tara Lee, Rachel Van Buskirk and John Welker. Their mission: mixing ballet and modern styles to create new theatrical dance.

$35-$40. 2 p.m. Saturday; 2 + 8 p.m. Sunday (Friday + Saturday night performances sold out). Westside Cultural Arts Center, 760 10th St. NW. Details, tickets HERE.

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 Jennifer Levison. Photo: Casey Gardner

Jennifer Levison. Photo: Casey Gardner

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti.CLOSES SUNDAY.

Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Roswell presents this one-woman romantic comedy with live, onstage cooking (eight audience members can sit onstage and dine as the show progresses). The piece is based on the 2009 book I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti: A Memoir of Good Food and Bad Boyfriends by Giulia Melucci. The comedy has been described as “a foodie’s dream version of ‘Sex and the City.'” Atlanta actor Jennifer Levison, perhaps better known for her Souper Jenny restaurants, is the lone cast member. Rachel May, Synchronicity Theatre artistic director, directs.

$26-$42. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 4 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. GET performs in the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 959 Forrest St. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.641.1260. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

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The Sleepy Hollow Experience. CLOSES SUNDAY.

Spooky season ends at Serenbe Playhouse, which stages its sixth Sleepy Hollow. Washington Irving’s 1820 horror story follows schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and his efforts to win the heart of Katrina Van Tassel. This adaptation comes from artistic director Brian Clowdus. The cast: Erik Poger Abrahamsen, Erin Burnett, Jeremy Gee, Anna Lanier, Jordan Patrick and Madison Welch.

$30-$45 (rain insurance available). 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 + 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Family-friendly staging at 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday includes fall festival events before the show and at intermission. Done in the Horseman’s Meadow. Most Serenbe shows require a walk along a path that can be muddy. Appropriate footwear suggested. This is a traveling show, without seating. For mobility assistance (parking, accessibility cart, chairs, etc.), contact the box office. 9110 Selborne Lane in Chattahoochee Hills. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110.

 Byron Wigfall (left), Kyle Larkins. Photo: Tyler Ogburn

Byron Wigfall (left), Kyle Larkins. Photo: Tyler Ogburn

The View Upstairs. CLOSES SATURDAY.

At Out Front Theatre Company. The 2017 off-Broadway musical follows a young fashion designer (Kyle Larkins) in modern-day New Orleans. When he buys an abandoned building in the French Quarter, he’s transported to the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant 1970s gay bar where a forgotten community comes to life. The piece recalls the 1973 arson attack at the Big Easy’s real-life UpStairs Lounge, which killed 32. Paul Conroy, Out Front’s founder and artistic director, directs. His cast includes Justin Dilley, Tony Hayes, Felicia Hernandez, Quinn Xavier Hernandez, Keena Redding Hunt, Trevor Perry, Jamie Smith, John Henry Ward and Byron Wigfall. 

$25. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. 999 Brady Ave. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.448.2755. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

Opening this week

 Jeff Watkins as Sir Thomas More.

Jeff Watkins as Sir Thomas More.

A Man for All Seasons. IN PREVIEWS. OPENS SATURDAY.

Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse stages a short (11-performance) run of the 1960 Robert Bolt drama. It tells of the fatal struggle between King Henry VIII of England and his lord chancellor, Sir Thomas More, over issues of religion, power and conscience. Artistic director Jeff Watkins as More and Troy Willis as Henry VIII lead a cast of 13.

$22-$45.  Previews Nov. 8 ($14)  and Nov. 9 ($20). Through Nov. 25. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Pub menu and spirited beverages available. 499 Peachtree St. NE. Parking recommended in Emory University Hospital Midtown deck across Peachtree Street. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.874.5299, Ext. 0. Discount Tavern gift cards at PoshDealz.com.

Next week

 Christian Magby returns to the “Canteen” this season. Photo: Chris Bartelski

Christian Magby returns to the “Canteen” this season. Photo: Chris Bartelski

Christmas Canteen. NOV. 15-DEC. 23.

Christmas arrives before Thanksgiving at Aurora Theatre , which stages its 23rd original holiday revue. It sells very quickly, so if you’re interested, don’t delay. A singing, dancing cast of eight channels the golden days of TV Christmas specials (think Bing Crosby and Andy Williams) and mixes in a few contemporary moves to create a show that will have you glowing with the magic of the season. Ricardo Aponte and Anthony P. Rodriguez co-direct. Aponte also choreographs, with musical direction by Ann-Carol Pence, who also performs. This year’s merrymakers are Galen Crawley, Jimi Kocina, Christian Magby, Kristin Markiton, Chani Masionet, Kenny Tran, Cecil Washington Jr. and Briana Young.

$30 and up; $20 and up for Tuesday morning matinees. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 10 a.m. matinees Nov. 27, Dec. 11 + Dec. 18. Limited Thanksgiving week performances. Aurora offers free, covered, attached parking in a city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.226.6222.

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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. BEGINS NOV. 21.

Theatrical Outfit reprises this 2017 holiday hit with a script by Decatur-born, San Francisco-based playwright Lauren Gunderson and colleague Margot Melcon. This romantic and witty sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice  focuses on socially awkward sister Mary and a potential romantic entanglement. Well-known Atlanta theater artist Carolyn Cook directs. Amelia Fischer and Jonathan Horne return as Mary Bennet and Arthur De Bourgh, as do Devon Hales and Juan Carlos Unzueta. New to the cast are Stephanie FriedmanJeanette IllidgeJasmine Thomas and Justin Walker

$18-$51 plus fees. Through Dec. 23. Previews at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21 + 24; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Regularly at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Also at 11 a.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 13 + Dec. 20. No show Thanksgiving Day. The Outfit performs at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s at 84 Luckie St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.528.1500.

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ACTOR’S EXPRESS HAS BIG NIGHT AT 2018 SUZIS

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ABOVE: Thandiwe DeShazor (left) and Grant Chapman in “Angels in America, Parts 1 and 2” at Actor’s Express. The AIDS-era drama was named best play of the 2018 season and took home Suzis for best ensemble of a play, director and lighting design. Photo by Casey Gardner.

The West Midtown company wins big with its stagings

of Angels in America and The Color Purple

ACTOR’S EXPRESS isn’t the biggest theater company in town. Its black-box space seats an intimate 145 and its  full-time staff numbers three. But under the leadership of artistic director Freddie Ashley and managing director Alex Scollon, it consistently produces some of the best theater we see.

 Jasmyne Hinson (as Shug Avery, left) and Suzi award-winning best actress Latrice Pace (as Celie) in “The Color Purple.” Photo: Casey Gardner

Jasmyne Hinson (as Shug Avery, left) and Suzi award-winning best actress Latrice Pace (as Celie) in “The Color Purple.” Photo: Casey Gardner

The  company, based in West Midtown’s King Plow Arts Center, earned 11 Suzi Bass awards on Monday night — including six for its vibrant staging of The Color Purple and four for playwright Tony Kushner’s two-part AIDS-era epic, Angels in America.

In all, 10 professional companies and 17 productions won 2018 Suzis, honors that are, more or less, Atlanta’s equivalent of Broadway’s Tony awards. Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre followed with six Suzi wins, and downtown Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit had five.

The awards are named for longtime Atlanta actor Suzi Bass, a force of nature who died of cancer in 2002 at age 56. She performed regularly, and to acclaim, at the Alliance Theatre, Marietta’s Theatre in the Square, Stone Mountain’s ART Station and Theatrical Outfit, along with North Carolina’s Flat Rock Playhouse and Blowing Rock Stage.

Actor’s Express’ The Color Purple was named best musical and won Suzis for lead actress/musical (Latrice Pace’s Celie), supporting actress/musical (Kayce Grogan-Wallace’s Sofia), director David Koté, musical director Amanda Wansa Morgan and sound designer Angela Bryant.

Angels in America was named best play and won Suzis for directors Freddie Ashley and Martin Wilkins, outstanding ensemble and Joseph P. Monaghan’s lighting design.

In addition, Enoch King was named best supporting actor in the Express production of Lucas Hnath’s The Christians. 

 Playwright Jon Carr’s “Black Nerd” won the Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award. Photo: Dad’s Garage

Playwright Jon Carr’s “Black Nerd” won the Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award. Photo: Dad’s Garage

Eleven new plays — a record — vied for the Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award, which went to Jon Carr and The Black Nerd, staged at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. The other nominees: Alice Between by Steve Coulter + Neely Gossett, Alliance Theatre; Built to Floatby Rachel Graf Evans, Essential Theatre; Empty Rooms by Annie Harrison Elliott, Found Stages; Hospice & Pointing at the Moon by Pearl Cleage, Alliance; Morningside by Topher Payne, Georgia Ensemble Theatre; The Dancing Granny by Jireh Breon Holder, Alliance; The Flower Room by Daryl Lisa Fazio, Actor’s Express; The Followers by Margaret Baldwin, 7 Stages; Three Ladies of Orpington by Daniel Guyton, Onion Man Productions; and Woke by Avery Sharpe, Essential.

Lifetime Achievement awards, given for a body of work that has had a significant, long-term effect on Atlanta’s theater community, went to Liz Lee, Center for Puppetry Arts’ producer and lighting designer since 1978, and  Rosemary Newcott, who has spent 20 years acting and directing at the Alliance Theatre, largely as the Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth.

The winners, capitalized and highlighted in bold, are:

Best play

  • Abigail/1702 at Aurora Theatre (script by Roberto Aguire-Sacasa)

  • ANGELS IN AMERICA, Parts 1 and 2 at Actor’s Express (script by Tony Kushner)

  • Boy at Theatrical Outfit (script by Anna Ziegler)

  • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Theatrical Outfit (script by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Marcon)

  • Perfect Arrangement at Theatrical Outfit (script by Topher Payne)

Best musical

  • Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

  • Cabaret at Serenbe Playhouse

  • Candide at the Alliance Theatre

  • THE COLOR PURPLE at Actor’s Express

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame, an Aurora Theatre/Theatrical Outfit co-production

World premiere

Sheltered

“Sheltered” (with Park Krausen, left, and Amanda Drinkall) tells the true story of a Philadelphia couple that plotted to save Jewish children from the Nazis. It won the 2018 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition and had its world premiere at the Alliance Theatre. Photo: Greg Mooney

  • The Flower Room by Daryl Lisa Fazio at Actor’s Express

  • Hospice and Pointing at the Moon by Pearl Cleage at the Alliance Theatre

  • Il Etait Une Fois (Once Upon a Time) at Théâtre du Rêve

  • Morningside by Topher Payne at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

  • SHELTERED by Alix Sobler the Alliance Theatre

Theatre for Young Audiences production

  • Heidi at Synchronicity Theatre

  • The Jungle Book at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

  • THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE at Synchronicity Theatre

  • Mother Goose at the Center for Puppetry Arts

  • Winnie the Pooh at the Alliance Theatre

Lead actor female / play

 Olivia Dawson (left) and 2018 Suzi award winner Diany Rodriguez as Abigail in Aurora Theatre’s “Abigail/1702.” Photo: Chris Bartelski

Olivia Dawson (left) and 2018 Suzi award winner Diany Rodriguez as Abigail in Aurora Theatre’s “Abigail/1702.” Photo: Chris Bartelski

  • Terry Burrell for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at Theatrical Outfit

  • Taylor M. Dooley for Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up at Aurora Theatre

  • Mary Lynn Owen for Crossing Delancey at the Alliance Theatre

  • Courtney Patterson for Maytag Virgin at Aurora Theatre

  • DIANY RODRIGUEZ for Abigail/1702 at Aurora Theatre

Lead actor female / musical

  • Naomi Lavette for Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

  • Kristin Markiton for Mamma Mia! at Aurora Theatre

  • LATRICE PACE for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

  • Ayanna Reed for Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

  • Julissa Sabino for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora Theatre/Theatrical Outfit

Lead actor male / play

 Lee Osorio was named best actor/play for his work at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.

Lee Osorio was named best actor/play for his work at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.

  • Andrew Benator for Crossing Delancey at the Alliance Theatre

  • Brad Brinkley for Maytag Virgin at Aurora Theatre

  • Clifton Guterman for Boy at Theatrical Outfit

  • LEE OSORIO for The Life and Death of Richard the Second at Atlanta Shakespeare Company

  • Ben Thorpe for Hand to God at the Alliance Theatre

Lead actor male / musical

  • Aaron Blake for Candide at the Alliance 

  • Brian Clowdus for Cabaret at Serenbe Playhouse

  • Stanley Allyn Owen for Tarzan at Atlanta Lyric Theatre

  • HADEN RIDER for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora/Theatrical Outfit

  • Juan Carlos Unzueta for Little Shop of Horrors at Actor’s Express

Supporting actor female / play

 Carolyn Cook (with Allan Edwards) won for her work in Horizon Theatre’s “Citizens Market.” Photo: Greg Mooney

Carolyn Cook (with Allan Edwards) won for her work in Horizon Theatre’s “Citizens Market.” Photo: Greg Mooney

  • CAROLYN COOK for Citizens Market at Horizon Theatre

  • Galen Crawley for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Theatrical Outfit

  • Sarah Newby Halicks for The Christians at Actor’s Express

  • Tess Malis Kincaid for Shakespeare in Love at the Alliance Theatre

  • Diany Rodriguez for Between Riverside and Crazy at True Colors Theatre Company

Supporting actor female / musical

  • Kandice Arrington for Little Shop of Horrors at Actor’s Express

  • Deborah Bowman for The Little Mermaid at Serenbe Playhouse

  • Christy Clark for Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

  • KAYCE GROGAN-WALLACE for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

  • Jasmyne Hinson for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

Supporting actor male / play

 Suzi winner Enoch King in “The Christians” at Actor’s Express. Photo: Studio 7

Suzi winner Enoch King in “The Christians” at Actor’s Express. Photo: Studio 7

  • Allen Edwards for Citizens Market at Horizon Theatre

  • Tom Key for Boy at Theatrical Outfit

  • ENOCH KING for The Christians at Actor’s Express

  • Lee Osorio for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Theatrical Outfit

  • Sam Younis for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo at 7 Stages

Supporting actor male / musical

  • Kevin Harry for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora Theatre/Theatrical Outfit

  • Lamont Hill for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

  • Christian Magby for Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

  • Commodore Primous for Tarzan at Atlanta Lyric Theatre

  • ROBERT WAYNE for Cabaret at Serenbe Playhouse

Ensemble / play

  • ANGELS IN AMERICA at Actor’s Express (Grant Chapman, Joe Sykes, Louis Gregory, Cara Mantella, Robert Bryan Davis, Thandiwe DeShazor, Carolyn Cook, Parris Sarter)

  • Il Etait Une Fois (Once Upon a Time) at Théâtre du Rêve (Natalie Karp, Eliana Marianes, Jennifer Schottstaedt)

  • Morningside at Georgia Ensemble Theatre (Shelly McCook, Ann Wilson, Ellen McQueen, Keena Redding Hunt, Gina Rickicki, Kate Donadio, Stacy Melich, Kelly Criss, Lala Cochran)

  • Perfect Arrangement at Theatrical Outfit (Joe Knezevich, Ann-Marie Gideon, Clifton Guterman, Courtney Patterson, Stacy Melich, Kevin Stillwell, Ann Wilson)

  • Sense & Sensibility at Synchronicity Theatre (Marcello Audino, Shelli Delgado, Robert Lee Hindsman, Rachel Mewbron, Marcie Millard, Michelle Pokopac, J.L. Reed, Jennifer Schottstaedt, Bryant Smith, Justin Walker)

 Ensemble / musical

  • ALWAYS … PATSY CLINE at Atlanta Lyric Theatre (Laura Hodos and Karen Howell)

  •  Breath and Imagination at ART Station (Theresa Hightower, Marcellis Cutler, Patrick Hutchinson, Tony Hayes)

  • Million Dollar Quartet at Legacy Theatre (Janine DeMichele Baggett, Daniel Black, Daniel Burns, Ross Griffin, Bert Groover, Stephen Hardy, Edward La Cardo, David Perry)

  • The Followers at 7 Stages (Ofir Nahari, Lowery Brown, Diany Rodriguez, Stephen Devillers, Nicolette Emanuelle)

  • The World Goes ‘Round at Atlanta Lyric Theatre (Deborah Bowman, Jeff McKerley, Adrianna Trachell, Brad Raymond, Mary Nye Bennett, Chloe Cordle, Cansler McGhee, Brian Jordan, Grace Joo)

Ensemble / TYA

 Synchronicity Theatre’s “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” won Suzis for Outstanding TYA Production and Outstanding Ensemble. Pictured: Jimmica Collins and Edward, a china rabbit: Photo: Jerry Siegel

Synchronicity Theatre’s “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” won Suzis for Outstanding TYA Production and Outstanding Ensemble. Pictured: Jimmica Collins and Edward, a china rabbit: Photo: Jerry Siegel

  • Heidi at Synchronicity Theatre (Taryn Carmona, Jessenia Ingram, Jake Krakovsky, Robert Owenby, Emily Parrish Stembridge, Julie Trammel, Alex Van, Patrick Wade)

  • The Jungle Book at Georgia Ensemble Theatre (Erik Poger Abrahamsen, Shelli Delgado, Robert Lee Hindsman, Asia Howard, JD Myers, Angelica K. Spence) 

  • THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE at Synchronicity Theatre (Josh Brook, Jimmica Collins, Caitlin Hargraves, Justin Walker) 

  • Mother Goose at the Center for Puppetry Arts (Jimmica Collins, Luis R Hernandez)

  • Winnie the Pooh at the Alliance Theatre (Isake Akanke, Caleb Baumann, Grant Chapman, CJ Cooper, Maria Rodriguez-Sager, Joe Sykes, Mabel Tyler)

Direction / play

  • ANGELS IN AMERICA at Actor’s Express (Freddie Ashley, Martin Wilkins)

  • Boy at Theatrical Outfit (Melissa Foulger)

  • Citizens Market at Horizon Theatre (Jeff Adler, Jennifer Alice Acker, Lisa Adler)

  • Crossing Delancey at the Alliance Theatre (Leora Morris)

  • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Theatrical Outfit (Carolyn Cook)

Direction / musical

  • Justin Anderson for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora/Theatrical Outfit

  • Justin Anderson for Mamma Mia! at Aurora 

  • Brian Clowdus for Cabaret at Serenbe Playhouse

  • DAVID KOTÉ for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

  • Thomas W. Jones II for Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

Direction / TYA

  • Heidi at Synchronicity Theatre (Julie Skrzypek)

  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at Synchronicity Theatre (Mira Hirsch)

  • MOTHER GOOSE at the Center for Puppetry Arts (Amy Sweeney + Dolph Amick)

  • Polkadots, the Cool Kids Musical at Legacy Theatre (Mark Smith)

  • Winnie the Pooh at the Alliance (Leora Morris)

Music direction

  • S. Renee Clark for Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

  • Ann-Carol Pence for Mamma Mia! at Aurora Theatre

  • Ann-Carol Pence for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora/Theatrical Outfit

  • Robert Spano for Candide at Alliance 

  • AMANDA WANSA MORGAN for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

Choreography

  • Ricardo Aponte for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora/Theatrical Outfit

  • Ricardo Aponte for Mamma Mia! at Aurora 

  • Bubba Carr for Cabaret at Serenbe Playhouse

  • Meredith Moore for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

  • CINDY MORA REISER for Tarzan at Atlanta Lyric 

Scenic design / play

  • Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay for Abigail/1702 at Aurora

  • Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay for Between Riverside and Crazy at True Colors Theatre

  • ISABEL AND MORIAH CURLEY-CLAY for Citizens Market at Horizon 

  • Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at Theatrical Outfit

  • Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay for Maytag Virgin at Aurora 

  • Elizabeth Jarrett for Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up at Aurora 

Scenic design / musical

  • Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay for Little Shop of Horrors at Actor’s Express

  • Isabel and Mariah Curley-Clay for Once on This Island at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

  • Daniel Pattillo for Tarzan at Atlanta Lyric 

  • Julie Ray for Mamma Mia! at Aurora 

  • SHANNON ROBERT for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora/Theatrical Outfit

Sound design / play

  • MARC GWINN for Abigail/1702 at Aurora Theatre

  • Jake Harbour for Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up at Aurora Theatre

  • Stowe Nelson for Hand to God at the Alliance Theatre

  • Daniel Terry for Maytag Virgin at Aurora Theatre

  • Ed Thrower for Angels in America at Actor’s Express

Sound design / musical

  • Rob Brooksher for Mamma Mia! at Aurora 

  • ANGELA BRYANT for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

  • Preston Goodson for Tarzan at Atlanta Lyric 

  • Daniel Pope for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora/Theatrical Outfit

  • Mike Sal for Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

Costume design / play

  • Anne Carole Butler for The Life and Death of Richard the Second at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse

  • Angela Balogh Calin for Shakespeare in Love at the Alliance 

  • Linda Patterson for Perfect Arrangement at Theatrical Outfit

  • ELIZABETH RASMUSSON for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Theatrical Outfit

  • Jennifer Schottstaedt for Il Etait Une Fois (Once Upon a Time) at Théâtre du Rêve

Costume design / musical

  • L. Nyrobi N. Moss for Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

  • L. Nyrobi N. Moss for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

  • Erik Teague for Cabaret at Serenbe Playhouse

  • Amanda Edgerton West for Tarzan at Atlanta Lyric 

  • ALAN YEONG for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora/Theatrical Outfit

Lighting design / play

  • Maranda DeBusk for Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up at Aurora 

  • Rob Dillard for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at Theatrical Outfit

  • Liz Lee for Hand to God at the Alliance 

  • JOSEPH P. MONAGHAN for Angels in America at Actor’s Express

  • Ben Rawson for Abigail/1702 at Aurora 

Lighting design / musical

  • Andre C. Allen for The Color Purple at Actor’s Express

  • Kevin Frazier for Cabaret at Serenbe Playhouse

  • Kevin Frazier for Mamma Mia! at Aurora 

  • MARIA CRISTINA FUSTE for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Aurora/Theatrical Outfit

  • Mary Parker for Tarzan at Atlanta Lyric 

Projection design / play

  • BRADLEY BERGERON for Project Dawn at Horizon Theatre

  • Matt Brohammer for The Taming at Synchronicity Theatre

  • Barrett Doyle and Joel Coady for Boy at Theatrical Outfit

  • Jared Mezzochi for Ripe Frenzy at Synchronicity Theatre

  • Ed Thrower for Il Etait Une Fois (Once Upon a Time) at Théâtre du Rêve

Projection design / musical

  • Robbie Hayes for Blackberry Daze at Horizon Theatre

  • Bobby Johnston for Holler If Ya Hear Me at True Colors Theatre 

  • Bobby Johnston for The Ballad of Klook and Vinette at Horizon 

  • SVEN ORTEL for Candide at the Alliance 

Design team TYA

  • Heidi at Synchronicity Theatre (scenic design by Elizabeth Jarrett; costumes and puppets by Derrick Vanmeter; lighting by Elisabeth Cooper; sound by Rob Brooksher; music direction by Christopher Cannon; choreography by Ricardo Aponte)

  • The Jungle Book at the Alliance Theatre (scenic design by Kat Conley; costumes by Sydney Roberts; lighting by Steven Love; sound by Clay Benning; composer/musical direction by S. Renee Clark; choreography by Jen McQueen; puppet consultation byJason Hines)

  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at Synchronicity Theatre (scenic design by Jon Nooner; costumes by Linda Patterson; lighting by Chris Crawford; sound by Dan Baumann; properties by Jillian Haughey)

  • Mother Goose at the Center for Puppetry Arts (scenic design by Ryan Sbaratta; costumes by Erik Teague; lighting by Gregory Montague; sound by Dolph Amick; puppets by Jason Hines)

  • WINNIE THE POOH at the Alliance (scenic design by Mariana Sanchez; costumes by Fabian Fidel Aguilar; lighting by Steven Love; sound by Clay Benning; music direction by Dylan Frederick)

Wins by company ( nominations in parentheses) 

  • Actor’s Express — 11 (22)

  • Aurora Theatre — 6 (31)

  • Theatrical Outfit — 5 (27)

  • Alliance Theatre — 3 (19)

  • Horizon Theatre — 3 (14)

  • Synchronicity Theatre — 2 (11)

  • Atlanta Lyric Theatre — 2 (9)

  • Serenbe Playhouse — 1 (8)

  • Center for Puppetry Arts — 1 (4)

  • Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse — 1 (2)

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BEST BETS | Nov. 1-7, 2018

WestsideStory

Steve Yockey’s sexy-scary “Reykjavik” continues at Actor’s Express, “The Royale” throws its last punch at Theatrical Outfit, the ASO takes on Mahler’s majestic 10th Symphony and The Atlanta Opera dances and sings its way through “West Side Story.” All this + more in this week’s curated column. (“West Side Story” photo by Lynn Lane.)

Top picks

 Joe Sykes (left), Michael Vine. Photo: Casey Gardner

Joe Sykes (left), Michael Vine. Photo: Casey Gardner

Reykjavik. THROUGH NOV. 18. 

Reykjavikat Actor’s Express unfolds beneath the otherworldly glow of the Northern Lights, where tourists and locals mingle in the shadows of Iceland’s capital city. As told by Los Angeles-based playwright Steve Yockey, an Atlanta favorite with a strong national reputation, eight interconnected vignettes play out. We eavesdrop on lovers, siblings, hotel employees, sex workers and even some opinionated birds. In true Yockey style (Pluto, Wolves, Octopus), this collision of sex and danger introduces a world in which the supernatural is closer than we think.

The six-person cast is directed by frequent Express (and Yockey) collaborator Melissa Foulger and features such familiar faces as Stephanie FriedmanEliana MarianesJoe Sykes and Ben Thorpe (Alliance Theatre’s Hand to God). This is a National New Play Network rolling world premiere.

$33-$35 and subject to change based on demand. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. King Plow Arts Center, 887 W. Marietta St. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 Rob Cleveland (left), Garrett Turner, Brian Kurlander. Photo: Casey Gardner

Rob Cleveland (left), Garrett Turner, Brian Kurlander. Photo: Casey Gardner

The Royale. CLOSES SUNDAY. At Theatrical Outfit.

Playwright Marco Ramirez takes a stylized, blazingly theatrical look at the segregated world of boxing at the turn of the 20th century. The New York Times called his piece “original and graceful.” The 2013 drama is loosely based on the life of Jack Johnson, the first black world heavyweight champion (fictionalized in the 1968 Pulitzer-winning drama The Great White Hope, which made James Earl Jones a star). We hear theatergoers are going back more than once to see this drama. Patdro Harris (Fly, Nina Simone) directs. His cast: Garrett Turner as Jay “The Sport” Jackson, Cynthia D. BarkerMarlon Burnley, Rob Cleveland and Brian Kurlander.

$18-$51 plus fees. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2:30 + 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW (two blocks from the Peachtree Center MARTA station). Details, tickets HERE or at 678.528.1500.

This weekend only

 Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. THURSDAY + SATURDAY.

Principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles returns to the podium for Austro-Bohemian composer Gustav Mahler’s majestic 10th Symphony. When Mahler (1860-1911) died, only his widow knew of this unfinished work, but its tragic melodies, shape and substance were all on paper waiting to be completed. Hear the composer’s swan song as realized by British musicologist Deryck Cooke (1919-1976).

$19-$69. 8 nightly. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

Last chance

 Matt Nitchie

Matt Nitchie

Macbeth. CLOSES SUNDAY.

This brief Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse staging casts Matt Nitchie in the title role. One fateful evening, three weird sisters greet Macbeth and Banquo with visions of what could be. Do their magical prophecies lead to blood-curdling, murderous and tragic events in Scotland? Or are Macbeth and his power-hungry wife to blame? Dani Herd is Lady Macbeth.

$22-$45. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Pub menu and spirited beverages available. 499 Peachtree St. NE. Parking recommended in Emory University Hospital Midtown deck across Peachtree Street. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.874.5299, Ext. 0. Discount Tavern gift cards at PoshDealz.com.

Opening this week

 Chris Harding (left), Eric Lang. Photo: Marcus Geduld

Chris Harding (left), Eric Lang. Photo: Marcus Geduld

Not About Heroes.PREVIEWS THURSDAY. OPENS FRIDAY.

Arís Theatre commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with this story of friendship between a shell-shocked British soldier and a famous poet. Wilfred Owen is 24 when he meets poet, protester and soldier Siegfried Sassoon at Scotland’s Craiglockhart War Hospital. Their mutual love of words and disillusionment with war draws them together. The script is by British playwright Stephen MacDonald (1933-2009). Chris Harding is Owen; Eric Lang is Sassoon. Both are Atlanta-based actors. Frank Miller, a longtime theater lecturer at Georgia State University, directs.

$18-$28. Through Nov. 18. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 7 Stages BackStage space, 1105 Euclid Ave. NE. Tickets HERE.

 Andrew Bidlack (from left), Vanessa Becerra and DJ Petrosino sing Tony, Maria and Bernardo.

Andrew Bidlack (from left), Vanessa Becerra and DJ Petrosino sing Tony, Maria and Bernardo.

West Side Story. OPENS SATURDAY.

The Atlanta Opera presents the American musical classic by Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim about battling gangs in 1950s New York. The score is indelible — “Maria,” “Tonight,” “America,” “Cool,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere,” among others. American soprano Vanessa Becerra is Maria, with American tenor Andrew Bidlack as Tony, American baritone Brian Vu as Riff and DJ Petrosino as Bernardo, a role he performed in August at The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts. Internationally recognized director Francesca Zambello directs. Sung in English with English supertitles.

$43-$139. 8 p.m. Nov. 3, 9 + 10; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6; and 3 p.m. Nov. 11. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.881.8885.

[LEARN HOW WEST SIDE STORY MADE THE LEAP TO OPERA]

Still running

 Robert Lee Hindsman

Robert Lee Hindsman

The Edgar Allan Poe Experience. THROUGH OCT. 31.

At the Wren’s Nest, in collaboration with Brian Clowdus Experiences. Venture through one of Atlanta’s most historic homes with this immersive event and become part of some of Poe’s most thrillingly famous tales, including The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Fall of the House of Usher. The actors: Truman Griffin, Robert Lee Hindsman, Courtney Locke, Shannon McCarren and Skye Passmore.

$40-$45. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday + Sunday; 8 + 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The Wren’s Nest, now a cultural center and once the home of Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit creator Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908), preserves his legacy and the heritage of African-American folklore through storytelling, tours and student publishing. 1050 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd. SW. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.753.7735.

 Jennifer Levison. Photo: Casey Gardner

Jennifer Levison. Photo: Casey Gardner

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti.THROUGH NOV. 11.

Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Roswell presents this one-woman romantic comedy with live, onstage cooking (eight audience members can sit onstage and dine as the show progresses). The piece is based on the 2009 book I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti: A Memoir of Good Food and Bad Boyfriends by Giulia Melucci. The comedy has been described as “a foodie’s dream version of ‘Sex and the City.'” Atlanta actor Jennifer Levison, perhaps better known for her Souper Jenny restaurants, is the lone cast member. Rachel May, Synchronicity Theatre artistic director, directs.

$26-$42. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Also at 4 p.m. Nov. 3 + 10. GET performs in the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 959 Forrest St. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.641.1260. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

SleepyHollow

The Sleepy Hollow Experience. THROUGH NOV. 11. 

The Headless Horseman rides again as Serenbe Playhouse presents a sixth season of its outdoor fright fest. Washington Irving’s 1820 horror story follows schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and his efforts to win the heart of Katrina Van Tassel. This year’s show is a new adaptation by artistic director Brian Clowdus. The cast: Erik Poger Abrahamsen, Erin Burnett, Jeremy Gee, Anna Lanier, Jordan Patrick and Madison Welch.

$30-$45 (rain insurance available). 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 8 + 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Family-friendly stagings at 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday include fall festival events before the show and at intermission. Note: Tickets have been added to previously sold-out performances. Done in the Horseman’s Meadow. Most Serenbe shows require a walk along a path that can be muddy. Appropriate footwear suggested. This is a traveling show, without seating. For mobility assistance (parking, accessibility cart, chairs, etc.), contact the box office. 9110 Selborne Lane in Chattahoochee Hills. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110.

 Kyle Larkins (left), Tony Hayes. Photo: Tyler Ogburn Photography

Kyle Larkins (left), Tony Hayes. Photo: Tyler Ogburn Photography

The View Upstairs. THROUGH NOV. 10. At Out Front Theatre Company.

The 2017 off-Broadway musical follows a young fashion designer (Kyle Larkins) in modern-day New Orleans. When he buys an abandoned building in the French Quarter, he’s transported to the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant 1970s gay bar where a forgotten community comes to life. The piece recalls the 1973 arson attack at the Big Easy’s real-life UpStairs Lounge, which killed 32. Paul Conroy, Out Front’s founder and artistic director, directs. His cast includes Justin Dilley, Tony Hayes, Felicia Hernandez, Quinn Xavier Hernandez, Keena Redding Hunt, Trevor Perry, Jamie Smith, John Henry Ward and Byron Wigfall. 

$25. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. 999 Brady Ave. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.448.2755. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

Next week

Translation

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre. NOV. 9-11. 

Translation, a world premiere, is described as an immersive dance work by Atlanta native Troy Schumacher, a soloist and New York City Ballet choreographer. The living art installation is designed to lead audiences on a sensory journey. These performances expand on Schumacher’s 2017 version of the piece. TMBT, as the company is known, was founded a year ago by five former Atlanta Ballet principal dancers with a combined 85 years of professional experience — Christian Clark, Heath Gill, Tara Lee, Rachel Van Buskirk and John Welker. Their mission: mixing ballet and modern styles to create new theatrical dance.

$35-$40. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday; 2 + 8 p.m. Sunday (Saturday night performance sold out). Westside Cultural Arts Center, 760 10th St. NW. Details, tickets HERE.

Coming up

Christmas-Canteen

Christmas Canteen. NOV. 15-DEC. 23.

We know you’re still working through your Halloween candy stash, but this original Aurora Theatre holiday revue — now in its 23rd season — sells very quickly, so don’t delay. A singing, dancing cast of eight channels the golden days of TV Christmas specials (think Bing Crosby and Andy Williams) and mixes in a few contemporary moves to create a show that will have you glowing with the magic of the season. Ricardo Aponte and Anthony P. Rodriguez co-direct. Aponte also choreographs, with musical direction by Ann-Carol Pence. This year’s merrymakers are Galen Crawley, Jimi Kocina, Christian Magby, Kristin Markiton, Chani Masionet, Kenny Tran, Cecil Washington Jr. and Briana Young.

$30 and up; $20 and up for Tuesday morning matinees. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 10 a.m. matinees Nov. 27, Dec. 11 + Dec. 18. Aurora offers free, covered, attached parking in a city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.226.6222.

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BEST BETS | Oct. 25-31, 2018

BenThorpe

“Nick’s Flamingo Grill” ends its world premiere run at the Alliance Theatre, Steve Yockey’s “Reykjavik” opens at Actor’s Express and “The Royale” continues punching at Theatrical Outfit. Read on for details on these and much more in our weekly curated column. Pictured: Ben Thorpe in “Reykjavik.” Photo by Kevin Harry. Composite by Ashley Earles-Bennett.

Top picks

 Jimmy Kieffer (left), Antwayn Hopper, Diany Rodriguez. Photo: Greg Mooney

Jimmy Kieffer (left), Antwayn Hopper, Diany Rodriguez. Photo: Greg Mooney

Nick’s Flamingo Grill.CLOSES SUNDAY.

An Alliance Theatre world premiere musical. Atlanta playwright Phillip DePoy (Edward Foote) tells the story of two friends, ex-WWII GIs turned jazz musicians, who’ve had great success in Paris nightclubs. Convinced their mixed-race act will be a hit back home, they return to 1950s Georgia. Inspired by the true tale of Atlanta’s first integrated, although short-lived, nightclub. Features 10 original songs by DePoy and musical director Tyrone Jackson. Tinashe Kajese-Bolden directs.

Recommended for age 14 and up. $20-$55; $10 teens. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 + 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Hertz Stage, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

[MEET THE MULTITALENTED MR. DePOY]

 Playwright Steve Yockey

Playwright Steve Yockey

Reykjavik. IN PREVIEWS. OPENS SATURDAY. 

Reykjavik at Actor’s Express unfolds beneath the otherworldly glow of the Northern Lights, where tourists and locals mingle in the shadows of Iceland’s capital city. As told by Los Angeles-based playwright Steve Yockey, an Atlanta favorite with a strong national reputation, eight interconnected vignettes play out. We eavesdrop on lovers, siblings, hotel employees, sex workers and even some birds with really strong opinions. In true Yockey style (Pluto, Blackberry Winter, Wolves, Octopus), this collision of sex and danger introduces a world in which the supernatural is closer than we think. The six-person cast is directed by frequent Express (and Yockey) collaborator Melissa Foulger and features such familiar faces as Stephanie FriedmanEliana MarianesJoe Sykes and Ben Thorpe (Alliance Theatre’s Hand to God). This is a National New Play Network rolling world premiere.

$20 (Thursday-Friday previews). $42 opening night. Regularly $33-$35 and subject to change based on demand. Through Nov. 18. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. King Plow Arts Center, 887 W. Marietta St. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 Garrett Turner (left), Rob Cleveland. Photo: Casey Gardner

Garrett Turner (left), Rob Cleveland. Photo: Casey Gardner

The Royale. THROUGH NOV. 4.

At Theatrical Outfit. Playwright Marco Ramirez takes a stylized, blazingly theatrical look at the segregated world of boxing at the turn of the 20th century. The New York Times called his piece “original and graceful.” The 2013 drama is loosely based on the life of Jack Johnson, the first black world heavyweight champion (fictionalized in the 1968 Pulitzer-winning drama The Great White Hope, which made James Earl Jones a star). Patdro Harris (Fly, Nina Simone) directs. His cast: Garrett Turner as Jay “The Sport” Jackson, Cynthia D. BarkerMarlon Burnley, Rob Cleveland and Brian Kurlander.

$18-$51 plus fees. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2:30 + 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW (two blocks from the Peachtree Center MARTA station). Details, tickets HERE or at 678.528.1500.

This weekend only

 Conductor Donald Runnicles

Conductor Donald Runnicles

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.THURSDAY + SATURDAY.

Principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles takes the podium for the first time this season for Britten’s War Requiem, an English choral masterpiece. Written for the consecration of England’s Coventry Cathedral in 1962, it weaves verses from the Latin Mass for the Dead with World War I battlefield poems by Wilfred Owen, a British commander killed in action a week before the war’s end. Runnicles is joined by the ASO Chorus, the Gwinnett Young Singers and three soloists — Russian soprano Evelina Dobračeva, American tenor Thomas Cooley and Canadian baritone Russell Braun.

$17-$93. 8 nightly. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

Opening this week

 Jennifer Levison. Photo: Casey Gardner

Jennifer Levison. Photo: Casey Gardner

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti. OPENS THURSDAY.

Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Roswell presents this one-woman romantic comedy with live, onstage cooking (eight audience members can sit onstage and dine as the show progresses). The piece is based on the 2009 book I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti: A Memoir of Good Food and Bad Boyfriends by Giulia Melucci. I Loved, I Lost has been described as “a foodie’s dream version of ‘Sex and the City.'” Atlanta actor Jennifer Levison, perhaps better known for her Souper Jenny eateries, is the lone cast member. Rachel May, Synchronicity Theatre artistic director, directs.

$26-$42. Through Nov. 11. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Also at 4 p.m. Nov. 3 + 10. GET performs in the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 959 Forrest St. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.641.1260. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 Matt Nitchie

Matt Nitchie

Macbeth. IN PREVIEWS. OPENS FRIDAY.

This two-week run at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse casts Matt Nitchie in the title role. One fateful evening, three weird sisters greet Macbeth and Banquo with visions of what could be. Do their magical prophecies lead to blood-curdling, murderous and tragic events in Scotland? Or, are Macbeth and his wife to blame? Dani Herd is Lady Macbeth.

$22-$45 ($15 preview Thursday). Through Nov. 4. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Pub menu and spirited beverages available. 499 Peachtree St. NE. Parking recommended in Emory University Hospital Midtown deck across Peachtree Street. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.874.5299, Ext. 0. Discount Tavern gift cards at PoshDealz.com.

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The View Upstairs. OPENS THURSDAY. At Out Front Theatre Company.

The 2017 off-Broadway musical follows a young fashion designer (Kyle Larkins) in modern-day New Orleans. When he buys an abandoned building in the French Quarter, he’s transported to the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant 1970s gay bar where a forgotten community comes to life. The piece is based on a 1973 arson attack at the Big Easy’s real-life UpStairs Lounge, which killed 32. Paul Conroy, Out Front’s founder and artistic director, directs. His cast includes Justin Dilley, Tony Hayes, Felicia Hernandez, Quinn Xavier Hernandez, Keena Redding Hunt, Trevor Perry, Jamie Smith, John Henry Ward and Byron Wigfall. 

$25. Through Nov. 10. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. 999 Brady Ave.Details, tickets HERE or at 404.448.2755. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

For Halloween

 Spencer Stephens (left), Reay Kaplan. Photo: Clay Walker

Spencer Stephens (left), Reay Kaplan. Photo: Clay Walker

The Ghastly Dreadfuls. CLOSES SATURDAY. At the Center for Puppetry Arts.

The Dreadfuls rise from the dead for another frightful weekend of ghost stories and musical numbers. The show, written by the Center’s Jon Ludwig and Jason Hines, has become an Atlanta cult classic since its debut more than a decade ago. Go for the spine-tingling fun, intricate puppetry, original songs and stories, and vaudeville stylings. This season’s Dreadfuls: Hines, Ludwig, Scott DePoy, Kristin Haverty, Reay Kaplan, Spencer Stephens and Robert Strickland. A beer-and-wine cash bar will open before the show and at intermission. The Ghastly Dreadfuls is recommended for age 18 and up.

$25 nonmembers; $18.50 members. 8 nightly. 1404 Spring St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.873.3391.

 Truman Griffin

Truman Griffin

The Edgar Allan Poe Experience. THROUGH OCT. 31.

At the Wren’s Nest in collaboration with Brian Clowdus Experiences. Venture through one of Atlanta’s most historic homes with this immersive event and become part of some of Poe’s most thrillingly famous tales, including The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Fall of the House of Usher. The actors: Truman Griffin, Robert Lee Hindsman, Courtney Locke, Shannon McCarren and Skye Passmore.

$40-$45. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday + Sunday; 8 + 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The Wren’s Nest, now a cultural center and once the home of Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit creator Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908), preserves Harris’ legacy and the heritage of African-American folklore through storytelling, tours and student publishing. 11050 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd. SW. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.753.7735.

The Sleepy Hollow Experience. EXTENDED THROUGH NOV. 11. 

The Headless Horseman rides again as Serenbe Playhouse presents a sixth season of its outdoor fright fest. Washington Irving’s 1820 horror story follows schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and his efforts to win the heart of Katrina Van Tassel. This year’s show is a new adaptation by artistic director Brian Clowdus. The cast: Erik Poger Abrahamsen, Erin Burnett, Jeremy Gee, Anna Lanier, Jordan Patrick and Madison Welch.

$30-$45 (rain insurance available). 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 8 + 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Family-friendly stagings at 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday include fall festival events before the show and at intermission. Note: Tickets have been added to previously sold-out performances. Done in the Horseman’s Meadow. Most Serenbe shows require a walk along a (sometimes muddy) path. Appropriate footwear suggested. Sleepy Hollow is a traveling show, without seating. For mobility assistance (parking, accessibility cart, chairs, etc.), contact the box office. Serenbe is at 9110 Selborne Lane in Chattahoochee Hills. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 The cast (from left): Erik Poger Abrahamsen, Madison Welch, Jordan Patrick, Erin Burnett and Jeremy Gee. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

The cast (from left): Erik Poger Abrahamsen, Madison Welch, Jordan Patrick, Erin Burnett and Jeremy Gee. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

Next week

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Not About Heroes. PREVIEWS NOV. 1. OPENS NOV. 2. 

Arís Theatre commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with this story of the friendship between a shell-shocked British soldier and a famous poet. Wilfred Owen, 24, meets poet, protester and soldier Siegfried Sassoon at Scotland’s Craiglockhart War Hospital. Their mutual love of words and disillusionment with war draws them together. The script is by British playwright Stephen MacDonald (1933-2009). Chris Harding is Owen; Eric Lang is Sassoon. Both are Atlanta-based actors. Frank Miller, a longtime theater lecturer at Georgia State University, directs.

$18-$28. Through Nov. 18. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 7 Stages BackStage space, 1105 Euclid Ave. NE. Tickets HERE.

West Side Story. NOV. 3-11.

The Atlanta Opera presents the American musical classic by Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim about battling gangs in 1950s New York. The score is indelible — “Maria,” “Tonight,” “America,” “Cool,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere,” among others. American soprano Vanessa Becerra is Maria, with American tenor Andrew Bidlack as Tony, American baritone Brian Vu as Riff and DJ Petrosino as Bernardo, a role he performed in August at The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood Music Center in western Massachusetts. Internationally recognized director Francesca Zambello directs. Sung in English with English supertitles.

$43-$139. 8 p.m. Nov. 3, 9 + 10; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6; and 3 p.m. Nov. 11. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.881.8885.

 Photo: Lynn Lane

Photo: Lynn Lane

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BEST BETS | Oct. 11-17, 2018

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This week’s top picks include Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, “Nell Gwynn” at Synchronicity, “Waiting for Godot” at 7 Stages, “The Royale” opening at Theatrical Outfit, the return of the Center for Puppetry Arts’ “Ghastly Dreadfuls,” “Nick’s Flamingo Grill” at the Alliance and the Atlanta Symphony. Pictured: Garrett Turner in “The Royale.” Photo by Casey Gardner.

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Fall-en. CLOSES SUNDAY.

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre presents a double bill choreographed by co-founder Heath GillFall-en uses humor to explore perceptions of, and responses to, the unknown. Retired Atlanta Ballet dancer Christine Winkler performs as a guest artist. TMBT is a collective of five classically trained principal dancers — Gill, Christian Clark, Tara Lee, Rachel Van Buskirk and John Welker — who have 85 years of professional experience performing locally, nationally and internationally. All five formerly danced with Atlanta Ballet.

$35-$50; $15 students. 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Deer Hollow at Serenbe, 8455 Atlanta Newnan Road, Chattahoochee Hills. Details, tickets HERE

 Travis Turner (left), Devon Hales. Photo: Greg Mooney

Travis Turner (left), Devon Hales. Photo: Greg Mooney

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. THROUGH OCT. 21. World premiere.

Alliance Theatre at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. In this adaptation by Chicago-based director David Catlin (Moby Dick, Lookingglass Alice), Shakespeare’s five-act romantic farce becomes a brisk 90 minutes with six actors (familiar Alliance faces Devon HalesJoe Knezevich and Courtney Patterson, plus visiting artists Ericka Ratcliff, Adeoye Mabogunje and Travis Turner). It blends dance, music, circus arts and familiar bits from other Shakespeare plays to celebrate the madness and irrationality of love. Set in the Skyline Garden.

$20-$55. Your show ticket includes entrance to the Garden anytime that day (but there’s no leaving and re-entering). 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Note: No shows Oct. 11, 15 + 17. If you’re worried about weather, look for updates on the Alliance website. The Garden is at 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

[WHY DAVID CATLIN’S MIDSUMMER IS MAD, MAD, MAD]

 Brandon Partrick, Courtney Moors. Photo: Jerry Siegel

Brandon Partrick, Courtney Moors. Photo: Jerry Siegel

Nell Gwynn. THROUGH OCT. 21.

At Synchronicity TheatreIt’s 1660. Oliver Cromwell’s Puritans have run away with their drab gray tails between their legs while, at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who’s watching. Playwright Jessica Swale’s 2016 Olivier Award-winning comedy  charts the rise of an unlikely heroine from her roots in poverty to her success as Britain’s most-celebrated “actor-ess” and her place in the heart of the king. Richard Garner (longtime artistic director at Georgia Shakespeare) directs a cast of 11. Courtney Moors is Nell, Robert Shaw-Smith is King Charles II and Eugene Russell IV is actor Charles Hart.

$25-$41 plus fees. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. Synchronicity is in Midtown’s Peachtree Pointe building at 1545 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or 404.484.8636.

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Nina Simone: Four Women. THROUGH OCT. 21.

At True Colors Theatre CompanyNina Simone was known as the “high priestess of soul.” This play with music by Christina Ham, follows Simone’s shift from singer to activist, a transformation prompted in part by the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham that left four young girls dead. The drama uses the Simone song “Four Women” as a framework, and gives voice to four characters. It includes the civil rights anthems “Mississippi Goddam,” “Go Limp” and “Young, Gifted and Black.” For age 15 and up (adult language). Michele Shay directs. Her cast: Regina Marie Williams (also Simone in the Minneapolis world premiere); Wendy Fox-Williams; Jordan Frazier; Adrienne Reynolds.

$30-$40. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2:30 + 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Also 11 a.m. Oct. 17. True Colors performs at the Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road SW. Details HERE. Tickets (via Ticket Alternative) HERE

 Don Finney (from left), Matt Baum, Del Hamilton. Photo: Stungun Photography

Don Finney (from left), Matt Baum, Del Hamilton. Photo: Stungun Photography

Waiting for Godot. CLOSES SUNDAY.

7 Stages presents Samuel Beckett’s absurdist classic about two sad-sack drifters waiting for a stranger named Godot and the existential questions they discuss as time passes, and passes, and passes. 7 Stages co-founder Del Hamilton and longtime Atlanta actor Don Finney return from previous Godot stagings at 7 Stages. Also in the cast: Matt Baum, Bart Hansard, Eric Haslam and Pace Willis. Artistic director Heidi S. Howard directs.

$15-$28. At 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. 1105 Euclid Ave. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.523.7647.

Last chance

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A Red Plaid Shirt. CLOSES SUNDAY.

At Stage Door Players. Meet Marty and Fred. These old friends fill the retirement void in vastly different ways: Marty wants to explore the open road on a Harley; Fred decides to pay more attention to his health. Both require a little “subtle redirection” from their wives. The cast: Steve Hudson, Michael Strauss, Eileen Koteles and Suzanne Jordan Roush.

$22-$33. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.396.1726. Tickets available online from Tix.com HERE.

This weekend only

 Jun Märkl

Jun Märkl

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. THURSDAY + SATURDAY. 

Atlanta favorite Jun Märkl returns as guest conductor for an evening of French music. Philadelphia native Giora Schmidt makes his ASO debut in Concerto No. 5 by French violin firebrand Henri Vieuxtemps. Also planned: Benvenuto Cellini Overture by Berlioz and Ravel’s complete Daphnis et Chloé ballet. A pre-concert chamber music recital at 6:45 p.m. Thursday is free to ticket holders for both concerts.

$22-$98. At 8 nightly. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE  or at 404.733.5000.

 Paige Hernandez

Paige Hernandez

Paige in Full. SATURDAY ONLY. Alliance Theatre

Performance artist Paige Hernandez found her voice through hip-hop. In this one-woman show, she wants to inspire young people to chase their own passions. The high-energy piece for middle-school audiences is a fusion of poetry, theater, dance, multimedia projections and turntable action that churns out hip-hop, rock and punk beats. In it, Hernandez tells the story of how hip-hop helped her figure out where she fits in the world.

$32; $18 children. 1 + 3:30 p.m. Rich Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

[ONE WOMAN. ONE TEACHER. ONE STORY.]

Opening this week

 Brian Kurlander (from left), Garrett Turner, Rob Cleveland. Photo: Casey Gardner

Brian Kurlander (from left), Garrett Turner, Rob Cleveland. Photo: Casey Gardner

The Royale. PREVIEWS THURSDAY-FRIDAY. OPENS SATURDAY.

At Theatrical Outfit. Playwright Marco Ramirez takes a stylized, blazingly theatrical look at the segregated world of boxing at the turn of the 20th century. The New York Times called his piece “original and graceful.” The 2013 drama is loosely based on the life of Jack Johnson, the first black world heavyweight champion (fictionalized in the 1968 Pulitzer-winning drama The Great White Hope, making James Earl Jones a star). Patdro Harris (Fly, Nina Simone) directs. His cast: Garrett Turner as Jay “The Sport” Jackson, Cynthia D. BarkerMarlon Burnley, Rob Cleveland and Brian Kurlander.

$18-$51 plus fees. Through Nov. 4. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2:30 + 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW (two blocks from the Peachtree Center MARTA station). Details, tickets HERE or at 678.528.1500.

For Halloween

 The Dreadfuls (front, from left): Scott DePoy, Reay Kaplan, Kristin Haverty, Robert Strickland and (back, from left) Spencer Stephens, Jason Hines, Jon Ludwig. Photo: Clay Walker

The Dreadfuls (front, from left): Scott DePoy, Reay Kaplan, Kristin Haverty, Robert Strickland and (back, from left) Spencer Stephens, Jason Hines, Jon Ludwig. Photo: Clay Walker

The Ghastly Dreadfuls. THROUGH OCT. 27.

At the Center for Puppetry Arts. The Dreadfuls rise from the dead for another frightful season of ghost stories and musical numbers. The show, written by the Center’s Jon Ludwig and Jason Hines, has become an Atlanta cult classic since its debut more than a decade ago. Go for the spine-tingling fun, intricate puppetry, original songs and stories, and vaudeville stylings. This season’s Dreadfuls: Hines, Ludwig, Scott DePoy, Kristin Haverty, Reay Kaplan, Spencer Stephens and Robert Strickland. A beer-and-wine cash bar will open before the show and at intermission. The Ghastly Dreadfuls is recommended for age 18 and up.

$25 nonmembers; $18.50 members. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. 1404 Spring St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.873.3391.

 Robert Lee Hindsman. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

Robert Lee Hindsman. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

The Edgar Allan Poe Experience. OPENS OCT. 17.

At the Wren’s Nest in collaboration with Brian Clowdus Experiences. Venture through one of Atlanta’s most historic homes with this immersive event and become part of some of Poe’s most thrillingly famous tales, including The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Fall of the House of Usher. The actors: Truman Griffin, Robert Lee Hindsman, Courtney Locke, Shannon McCarren and Skye Passmore.

$40-$45. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday + Sunday; 8 + 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The Wren’s Nest, now a cultural center and once the home of Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit creator Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908), preserves Harris’ legacy and the heritage of African-American folklore through storytelling, tours and student publishing. 11050 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd. SW. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.753.7735.

 

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The Sleepy Hollow Experience. THROUGH NOV. 4. 

The Headless Horseman rides again as Serenbe Playhouse presents a sixth season of this fright fest. Revisit Washington Irving’s 1820 horror story about schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and his efforts to win the heart and hand of Katrina Van Tassel. This season’s show is a new adaptation by artistic director Brian Clowdus. The cast: Erik Poger Abrahamsen, Erin Burnett, Jeremy Gee, Anna Lanier, Jordan Patrick and Madison Welch.

$30-$45 (rain insurance available). 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 8 + 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Family-friendly stagings at 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday include fall festival events before the show and at intermission. Note: Tickets have been added to previously sold-out performances.

Done in the Horseman’s Meadow. Most Serenbe shows require a walk along a (sometimes muddy) path. Appropriate footwear suggested. Sleepy Hollow is a traveling show, without seating. For mobility assistance (parking, accessibility cart, chairs, etc.), contact the box office. Serenbe is at 9110 Selborne Lane in Chattahoochee Hills. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

Still running

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Be Here Now. THROUGH OCT. 21. At Aurora Theatre.

Two lost souls come together in this 2018 tragicomedy by Deborah Zoe Laufer (End Days, Informed Consent). What are you willing to do for love and happiness, it asks, and to create meaning in your life? Bari (Cynthia Barrett) is deeply cynical and woefully underemployed in a mind-numbing job shipping Tibetan-themed tchotchkes. She’s buoyed — maybe — by a couple of cheerful co-workers and a guy who makes art out of garbage. You might know Barrett from her TV work in “Stranger Things” and “Halt and Catch Fire” and Silent Sky at Theatrical Outfit. Also in the cast: Falashay PearsonJoselin Reyes and Aurora regular Travis Smith (The Bridges of Madison County, Split in Three, Memphis).

$31-$50. At 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Aurora offers free, covered, attached parking in a city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.226.6222. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 Chris Hecke (left), Jonathan Horne.

Chris Hecke (left), Jonathan Horne.

Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2. THROUGH OCT. 21.

In repertory at the  Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. The history plays follow the newly crowned King Henry IV who must deal with rebellion and an ill-behaving son (and heir) who’d rather frequent the Boar’s Head Tavern with the roguish Sir John Falstaff than take care of business. Maurice Ralston is Henry; Jonathan Horne is his son, Prince Hal; Chris Hecke is Hal’s rival, Hotspur; and J. Tony Brown is Falstaff. They’re supported by a cast of Tavern regulars. Check the website to see which nights Part 1 and Part 2 are being performed.

$30-$38. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Pub menu and spirited beverages available. 499 Peachtree St. NE. Parking recommended in Emory University Hospital Midtown deck across Peachtree Street. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.874.5299, Ext. 0. Discount Tavern gift cards at PoshDealz.com.

Nick’s Flamingo Grill. THROUGH OCT. 28.

An Alliance Theatre world premiere musical. Atlanta playwright Phillip DePoy (Edward Foote) tells the story of two friends, ex-WWII GIs turned jazz musicians, who’ve had great success performing in Paris nightclubs. Convinced that their mixed-race act will be a hit back home, they return to 1950s Georgia. Inspired by the true tale of Atlanta’s first integrated nightclub. It features 10 original songs by DePoy and musical director Tyrone Jackson. Tinashe Kajese-Bolden directs. Recommended for age 14 and up.

$20-$55; $10 teens. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 + 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Hertz Stage, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.


 Antwayn Hopper (from left), Diany Rodriguez and Jimmy Kieffer. Photo: Greg Mooney

Antwayn Hopper (from left), Diany Rodriguez and Jimmy Kieffer. Photo: Greg Mooney

 Wai Yim (left), Kevin Qian

Wai Yim (left), Kevin Qian

Nomad Motel. THROUGH OCT. 21.

National New Play Network rolling world premiere at Horizon Theatre. Alix lives in a tiny motel room with her brother and a newly single mom. Mason lives mostly alone in a grand, empty house, composing music while his father works. The two become unlikely friends as they learn how to scrape by and try to outrun their parents’ mistakes. Ashley (Ash) Anderson is Alix, Kevin Qian is Mason. This piece by Carla Ching is about kids raising themselves without a safety net in a land of plenty. Melissa Foulger directs. Note: Contains mature language and situations.

$25-$35. At 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 3 + 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. 1083 Austin Ave. NE at Euclid Avenue in Inman Park/Little Five Points. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.584.7450.

Next week

Ailey II. OCT. 20 ONLY. At the Rialto Center for the Arts.

The dancers return to the Georgia State University venue in downtown Atlanta for one performance as part of the Rialto Series. For more than 40 years, Ailey II has merged the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dancers with the creative vision of today’s top emerging choreographers. Dance magazine calls the company “second to none.”

$39-$74. 8 p.m. 80 Forsyth St. NW. Free parking for all Rialto Series shows in the 100 Peachtree parking garage. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.413.9849.

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BEST BETS | Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2018

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The first shows of fall offer tantalizing choices, including THE BOOK OF WILL at Theatrical Outfit; A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 at Actor’s Express; an acrobatic MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at the Alliance Theatre; and THE SEAGULL, lakeside at Serenbe Playhouse. Pictured: Lee Osorio in “The Seagull.” Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus.

Recommended

 Suehyla El-Attar, Elisa Carlson. Photo: Greg Mooney

Suehyla El-Attar, Elisa Carlson. Photo: Greg Mooney

The Book of Will.THROUGH SEPT. 9.

Get thee to Theatrical Outfit. Positive buzz surrounds this love letter to Shakespeare, the company’s 2018/19 season opener. It features the trademark smarts and humor of oft-produced playwright Lauren Gunderson and a first-rate cast of actors. The place: London and Stratford-upon-Avon. The time: Three years after Will’s death. The bard’s legacy depends on a circle of devoted writers, actors and friends determined to preserve his work and print a definitive collection of his plays. But there are challenges … and challengers.

Gunderson, a Decatur-born, San Francisco-based writer, won the 2018 Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award for this script. The Outfit’s 10-person cast includes, among others, Elisa Carlson, Suehyla El-Attar, artistic director/actor Tom Key, William S. Murphey and Doyle Reynolds. Cast bios HERE. David Crowe (Silent Sky) directs.

$22.50-$49. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2:30 + 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.528.1500.

 Tess Malis Kincaid. Photo: Kevin Harry

Tess Malis Kincaid. Photo: Kevin Harry

A Doll’s House, Part 2. IN PREVIEWS. OPENS SATURDAY.

An exciting regional premiere of a certifable Broadway hit. The Actor’s Express Aurora Theatre co-production is a sequel of sorts to master dramatist Henrik Ibsen’s1879 classic, A Doll’s House. You needn’t have seen it to enjoy this one. Playwright Lucas Hnath’s Part 2 takes place 15 years after wife and mother Nora Helmer (Tess Malis Kincaid) shockingly decided to leave her husband and family and seek out unheard-of independence. Now she’s knocking on the same door … and wants a favor. 

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, W Magazine and Time Out New York all described Part 2 as the best play of the 2017 Broadway season. You might remember Hnath (silent “h”) from last season’s The Christians. Joining Kincaid onstage are Rob ClevelandShelli Delgado and Deadra Moore. AE artistic director Freddie Ashley directs. If this isn’t a hot ticket, there’s something wrong with Atlanta. 

$20 for Aug. 30-31 previews; $20-$40 for Sept. 1 opening. Regularly $20-$30 and subject to change, based on demand. Through Sept. 30. Part 2 returns after the first of the year, running Jan. 10-Feb. 10, 2019, at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville. Actor’s Express is at the King Plow Arts Center, 887 W. Marietta St. 

Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

Opening this week

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Midsummer Night’s Dream. OPENS SEPT. 5. World premiere.

Alliance Theatre at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. In this adaptation by Chicago-based director David Catlin (Moby Dick, Lookingglass Alice), Shakespeare’s five-act romantic farce becomes a brisk 90 minutes. He uses six actors (familiar Alliance faces Devon HalesJoe Knezevich and Courtney Patterson, plus visiting artists Ericka Ratcliff, Adeoye Mabogunje and Travis Turner) instead of the usual 25-plus, and blends dance, music, circus arts and familiar bits from other Shakespeare plays to tell a tale that celebrates the madness and irrationality of love. See it in the Skyline Garden area.

$20-$55. Your show ticket includes entrance to the Garden anytime that day (but there’s no leaving and re-entering). Through Oct. 21. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday except there are no shows Sept. 10, 14-19, 24-26 or Oct. 1-4, 8-11, 15 + 17. The Garden is at 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

[A CLOSER LOOK AT DAVID CATLIN’S MAD, MAD, MAD MIDSUMMER]

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The Seagull. OPENS SEPT. 5.

A contemporary take on Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov’s action-packed 19th-century tragicomedy that looks plenty intriguing. It follows the romantic and artistic conflicts of four characters: the famous middlebrow writer Boris Trigorin (Lee Osorio); the ingenue Nina (Shannon McCarren); the fading actress Irina Arkadina (Park Krausen); and her adult child, playwright Konstantin Tréplev (Maythinee Washington). Also in the cast: Allan EdwardsBrooke Owens  and Skye Passmore. The Serenbe Playhouse staging, done lakeside, features reimagined Balkan music, dark humor and director Elizabeth Dinkova’s Eastern European brand of mayhem. Most Serenbe shows require a walk along a sometimes muddy path. Appropriate footwear suggested. For mobility assistance (parking, accessibility cart, etc.), contact the box office.

$30-$50. Through Sept. 30. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday plus 2 p.m. Saturday. Serenbe is at 9110 Selborne Lane in Chattahoochee Hills. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

Closing this week

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Newsies. CLOSES SUNDAY.

The 2012 Disney musical tells the real-life story of New York City’s Newsboy Strike of 1899, when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst tried to take advantage of the newsboys to increase profits. Aurora Theatre uses a cast of 31 to tell the story. It features a Tony Award-winning score by Jack Feldman and Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid)Justin Anderson directs, with musical direction by Ann-Carol Pence and choreography by Ricardo Aponte.

$30-$65. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Note: The show, a co-production with Atlanta Lyric Theatre, plays the Lyric’s Marietta space Oct. 19-Nov. 4).

Aurora offers free, covered, attached parking in a city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.226.6222. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

Still running

Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. THROUGH SEPT. 9.

Join the players of the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse for a medieval romp through bawdy olde England. Director Kati Grace Brown leads a cast of eight in this adaptation that reframes six tales in a variety of styles, including spaghetti western. The actors: Kirstin Calvert, Kirsten ChervenakLaura ColeNicholas FairclothAdam King, Enoch King, Rivka Levin and Drew Reeves.

$22-$45. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Pub menu and spirited beverages available. 499 Peachtree St. NE. Parking recommended in Emory University Hospital Midtown deck across Peachtree Street. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.874.5299, Ext. 0. Discount Tavern gift cards at PoshDealz.com.

 Matt Baum, Jimmica Collins.

Matt Baum, Jimmica Collins.

The Tortoise, the Hare & Other Aesop’s Fables. THROUGH SEPT. 23.

Part of the Center for Puppetry Arts’ Theatre for the Very Young (age 2 and up). Aesop’s circus is in town and the animals are ready to take the stage in this cheerful, interactive production that tells five of the Greek storyteller’s famous tales. Come early to hear even more fables and color a puppet for use during the show. Adapted by Atlanta theater artist Michael Haverty, with original music by Dolph Amick. The piece uses glove, rod and shadow puppets and features actor/puppeteers Matt Baum and Jimmica Collins. Directed by Amy Sweeney, the  Center’s head puppeteer. 

$19.50. Performances: 10 + 11:30 a.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. + 3 p.m. Saturday; and 1 + 3 p.m. Sunday. Free parking. 1404 Spring St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.873.3391.

Next week

 A still from “The Ancient Law.” Photo: AJFF

A still from “The Ancient Law.” Photo: AJFF

The Ancient Law. SEPT. 6 ONLY.

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival screens its final Selects Series movie of 2018. The AJFF describes this 1923 film, considered a German-Jewish masterpiece, as an “intimate, visually stunning depiction of 19th-century shtetl life” that contrasts “the closed world of an Eastern European shtetl with the liberal mores of 1860s Vienna.” It’s considered a precursor to Hollywood’s The Jazz Singer (1927). This screening features live musical accompaniment by pianist Donald Sosin and klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals plus a Q&A with Emory Film Studies chairman Matthew Bernstein.

$18. 7:30 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.228.8872.

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The Two Kids Who Blow Sh*t Up. SEPT. 7-30.

At Aurora Theatre. Max (Jack Ha) and Diana (Vivi Thai) meet as kids, the day their parents begin an affair. For the next 18 years they see each other through highs and lows, trying not to make the same mistakes their parents did. Two Kids, by playwright Carla Ching, is a drama with humor about trying not to fall in love with your best friend (and end up hating them). Atlanta theater artist Pam Joyce directs. Created at the prestigious Lark Play Development Center in New York.

$15-$20. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Aurora offers free, covered, attached parking in a city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.226.6222.

Coming up

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9 to 5 the Musical. SEPT. 13-30.

This isn’t a show we’d give a second glance — except for the casting. Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s season opener features Jill HamesWendy Melkonian and newcomer Alyssa Flowers in the roles made famous by Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the crowd-pleasing 1980 movie. Hames and Melkonian, who have succeeded on most metro stages, are joined by other familiar faces — Brian Kurlander (as the chauvinist boss), Josh BrookDaniel Burns (the recent Titanic), Kayce Grogan-Wallace (the recent Color Purple) and Gina Rickicki. The sobering news: The 2009 stage musical, with songs and lyrics by Parton, ran a mere four months on Broadway, probably for a reason. Shelly McCook directs, with musical direction by S. Renee Clark, both good reasons to take a look.

$33-$46. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 4 + 8 p.m. most Saturdays (check ahead); and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, GET performs at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.641.1260.

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42nd Street. SEPT. 14-23.

The musicals-only City Springs Theatre Company opens its inaugural season with this Tony Award-winning song-and-dance show set during the Great Depression. Broadway director Julian Marsh (Shuler Hensley, who won a Tony for 2002’s Oklahoma! revival) is trying to stage a successful musical despite tall odds. The score — by the great Al Dubin, Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren — includes “You’re Getting to Be a Habit With Me,” “We’re in the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway” and  “Shuffle Off to Buffalo.” The cast of 30 includes Deb BowmanBenjamin Davis (founder of the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival), Fenner EaddyMarcie Millard and Googie Uterhardt.

$30-$62. 8 p.m. Friday; 2 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. City Springs Theatre performs in the 1,100-seat Byers Theatre at the new Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs (bordered by Roswell Road, Johnson Ferry Road and Sandy Springs Circle).

Allow extra time for parking and to get through security. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.477.4365. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

Atlanta Ballet: Return to Fall. SEPT. 14-16. 

Atlanta Ballet begins a new season with a mixed repertory featuring a selection of pas de deux; Return to a Strange Land by Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián, considered one of the best working today; the Czech National Ballet performing Vertigo by Mauro Bigonzetti; and a world premiere — titled The Premiere — by top-tier choreographer Ricardo Amarante of Brazil.

$20-$130. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.892.330.

 Jessica Assef, Moises Martin. Photo: Rachel Neville

Jessica Assef, Moises Martin. Photo: Rachel Neville

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The Electric Baby. SEPT. 14-30. 

Weird Sisters Theatre Project at 7 Stages. When a woman named Helen causes a car accident that kills a young man, a group of fractured souls cross paths and connect around a mysterious baby that glows like the moon. Folk tales and folklore are woven throughout this story of endings, beginnings and the unlikely people that get you from one place to the next. Ibi Owolabi, a young Atlanta theater artist to watch, directs. Her cast: Alexandra FickenAnthony GoolsbyCharles GreenCaitlin Hargraves, Greg Hernandez and Ann Wilson. The script is from playwright Stefanie Zadravec.

$15 preview (plus fees) Sept. 13. Regularly $20 plus fees. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Also at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17. 7 Stages is at 1105 Euclid Av. NE in Little Five Points. Details HERE. Tickets (via Brown Paper Tickets) HERE.

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