BEST BETS | Dec. 6-12, 2018

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FESTIVE OUTINGS await. The bad news: “Knead” (Alliance) closes Sunday. The good news: “Christmas Canteen” (Aurora),  “A Christmas Carol” (Alliance), Atlanta Ballet’s new “Nutcracker” and “Frog and Toad” (Synchronicity) open or continue; and the ASO plays its first holiday concert. Intriguing: Aurora’s one-man “This Wonderful Life.” Pictured: The Alliance’s “Christmas Carol” company. Photo by Greg Mooney.

Top picks

 Christian Magby, Chani Maisonet. Photo: Chris Bartelski

Christian Magby, Chani Maisonet. Photo: Chris Bartelski

Christmas Canteen.THROUGH DEC. 23.

Aurora Theatre joyously stages its 23rd original holiday revue. 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 Maisonet, Kenny Tran, Cecil Washington Jr. and Briana Young. Check the Aurora website for sold-out dates before you go.

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

 Bart Hansard as the Ghost of Christmas Present (he also plays Fezziwig). Photo: Greg Mooney

Bart Hansard as the Ghost of Christmas Present (he also plays Fezziwig). Photo: Greg Mooney

A Christmas Carol. OPENS DEC. 12.

The biggest “bah humbug” of them all. The Alliance Theatre takes its musical, multicultural telling (penned by David H. Bell) back to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for a second season. David de Vries returns as Ebenezer Scrooge. Joining him again are many familiar faces, including Neal A. Ghant (Bob Cratchit); Bart Hansard (Fezziwig, Ghost of Christmas Present); and Courtney Patterson (Ghost of Christmas Past). Rosemary Newcott once again directs. The caroling is gorgeous, and irresistible. Family-friendly. Note: Metal detectors are in place for every performance, so allow extra time to enter the venue.

$14-$115. Through Dec. 24. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Also at 7 p.m. Dec. 23. 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

[DIRECTOR ROSEMARY NEWCOTT GOES ‘CAROL’-ING ONE MORE TIME]

 Mary Lynn Owen. Photo: Greg Mooney

Mary Lynn Owen. Photo: Greg Mooney

Knead. CLOSES SUNDAY.

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 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 is the lone cast member. Knead was developed in the Alliance’s Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab and was a semifinalist for the prestigious O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. David de Vries (the same artist who plays the Alliance’s Ebenezer Scrooge) 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. Hertz Stage, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

[MORE: HOW A PLAYWRIGHT RISES]

 Theatrical Outfit’s “Miss Bennet” company (from left) Stephanie Friedman, Juan Carlos Unzueta, Jeanette Illidge, Devon Hales, Amelia Fischer, Jonathan Horne, Justin Walker, Jasmine Thomas. Photo: David Woolf

Theatrical Outfit’s “Miss Bennet” company (from left) Stephanie Friedman, Juan Carlos Unzueta, Jeanette Illidge, Devon Hales, Amelia Fischer, Jonathan Horne, Justin Walker, Jasmine Thomas. Photo: David Woolf

 Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. THROUGH DEC. 23. Theatrical Outfit reprises its 2017 holiday hit with this script by Decatur-born, San Francisco-based playwright Lauren Gunderson and colleague Margot Melcon. This witty sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice focuses on socially awkward sister Mary and a potential romantic entanglement. Miss Bennet is the fourth-most-popular play in America this season, with productions at 13 theaters nationwide. Notable Atlanta theater artist Carolyn Cook directs the Outfit staging. Amelia Fischer and Jonathan Horne return as Mary Bennet and Arthur De Bourgh. Also returning are Devon Hales and Juan Carlos Unzueta. New to the cast are Stephanie Friedman,Jeanette IllidgeJasmine Thomas and Justin Walker

$18-$51 plus fees. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Also at 11 a.m. Dec. 13 + 20. 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.

The-Nutcracker

The Nutcracker. OPENS SATURDAY. 

Atlanta Ballet debuts its first new Nutcracker in 23 seasons, a $3.7 million staging choreographed by Russian-born Yuri Possokhov, an old friend and colleague of artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin.

This telling returns to the original source material: German author E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 fantasy story “Nutcracker and Mouse King.” It sets the opening Christmas Eve party in a small German village, and features new scenic, costume and lighting designs as well as projections to tell the story of a little girl named Marie and her come-to-life Nutcracker Prince.

$35-$140. Through Dec. 24. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 + 7 p.m. Sunday. Also at 1 p.m. Dec. 24. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.892.3303. (Pictured: Designer Sandra Woodall’s costume rendering for the Act 2 Nutcracker Prince.)

[A WHOLE NEW NUTCRACKER]

Frog-and-Toad

 A Year With Frog and Toad. OPENS FRIDAY.

A rare family show that speaks to adults as well as the kiddos. This musical tale about a year in the lives of two best friends returns to Synchronicity Theatre

The Tony-nominated show follows the cheerful, popular Frog (Matt Baum) and the rather grumpy Toad (Greg Maurice Hunter) through four, fun-filled seasons. It’s part vaudeville and part make-believe as well as funny and moving. Also in the cast: Taryn Carmona, Elliott Folds and Lyndsay Ricketson. Jenna Tamisea, artistic director of GLOW Lyric Theatre in Greenville, S.C., directs. Synchronicity’s 2006 staging won Suzi Bass awards for outstanding musical, direction and costume design. The show is based on the Newbery and Caldecott Medal-winning books by Arnold Lobel.

$16-$31 (under age 2 free). Through Dec. 30. 7 p.m. Friday; 1 + 4:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 + 5:30 p.m. Sunday. School matinees available. Every Friday is PJs and Play. Kids in PJs get free milk and fresh-baked cookies. Synchronicity Theatre is in the Peachtree Pointe Complex, 1545 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.484.8636.

This weekend only

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Christmas With the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. SATURDAY-SUNDAY ONLY.

Four performances. These concerts continue a tradition started decades ago by then-music director Robert Shaw. The Gwinnett Young Singers and the Morehouse College Glee Club join the orchestra and ASO Chorus to perform carols and hymns. Norman Mackenzie conducts.

$29-$79. Selling well.  Limited seating remains (best availability is 8 p.m. Sunday). 3 + 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E.  Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

 

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Curious Holiday Encounters. THURSDAY-SUNDAY ONLY.

This festival of interactive performances takes place throughout the 7 Stages building. Expect an offbeat brand of holiday cheer as you stroll around and check out offerings from the Little Five Points Rockstar Orchestra, Arís Theatre, the Weird Sisters Theatre Project, Atlanta theater artist Rebekah Suellau and others. Artistic director Heidi S. Howard curates.

$15-$25. 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (last entry at 9 p.m.); 5 p.m. Sunday (last entry at 7 p.m.). 1105 Euclid Ave. NE in Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.523.7647.

 Deb Bowman

Deb Bowman

A Merry Little Christmas With Deb Bowman. SATURDAY ONLY.

Singer-actor Deb Bowman (Serenbe Playhouse’s Little Mermaid and A Streetcar Named Desire; Actor’s Express’ Sweeney Todd) serenades the holidays in a sultry style all her own for one night only, backed by keyboards and percussion.

$40; $60 VIP table. Grange Hall at Serenbe, 10640 Serenbe Lane, Chattahoochee Hills (about 33 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta). Details, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110.


New holiday shows

 Lilliangina Quiñones. Photo : BreeAnne Clowdus

Lilliangina Quiñones. Photo : BreeAnne Clowdus

The Christmas Carol Experience. DEC. 12-30.

See Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic in a new way. The Scrooge story gets spun on its head in this immersive event. Follow Ebenezer and his otherworldly goings-on through the rooms of the historic Wren’s Nest. Expect holiday merriment, carols and lessons to remember. Atlanta-based actor Daniel Burns is Ebenezer Scrooge. The cast of five includes Rosie Gyselinck, Jordan Patrick, Lilliangina Quiñones and Julie Trammel. Presented by Brian Clowdus Experiences. Clowdus directs. The Wren’s Nest, once the home of Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit creator Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908), is now a cultural center that preserves Harris’ legacy and the heritage of African-American folklore through storytelling, tours and student publishing.

$50; $45 under 18, seniors, military. 7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Also at 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta. Tickets HERE.

 Cansler McGhee (from left), Michael Dotson, Max Mattox.

Cansler McGhee (from left), Michael Dotson, Max Mattox.

The Ethel Merman Disco Christmas Spectacular. OPENS THURSDAY.

Out Front Theatre Company imagines what the great Ethel Merman’s unaired 1979 Christmas TV special would look like. It takes place onstage at the iconic Studio 54, the same year the Queen of Broadway released her infamous disco record. The show features classic Christmas songs done to a dance-floor beat and visited by a cavalcade of celebrities, including Andy Warhol, Donna Summer and Truman Capote. The world premiere is written and directed by Out Front artistic director Paul Conroy.

$15-$25. Through Dec. 22. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Also at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17. 999 Brady Ave. NW in West Midtown. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.448.2755

This Wonderful Life. THROUGH DEC. 23. This one-man version of the Jimmy Stewart film classic is new to Aurora Theatre’s holiday lineup. Jeremy Aggers (Singles in Architecture, Hands on a Hardbody) plays everybody — George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter, Uncle Billy, Mary, Mr. Gower, Zuzu, etc. The script is by playwright Steve Murray (whom 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 director Anthony P. Rodriguez). Associate artistic director Justin Anderson directs.

$20. Performances at 8 p.m. Dec.13, 15, 18, 20 + 22; and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 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. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 Jeremy Aggers as George Bailey and everyone else in “This Wonderful Life.” Photo: Casey Gardner

Jeremy Aggers as George Bailey and everyone else in “This Wonderful Life.” Photo: Casey Gardner

Returning holiday shows of note

 Miss Connie Sue Day

Miss Connie Sue Day

Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays and a Connie Sue Day Christmas. DEC. 14-23.

Singer and funny lady Libby Whittemore returns to Actor’s Express with her 10th edition of this happy holiday songfest. It dates back even further, though, to her entrepreneurial days as the headliner at Buckhead’s late, great Libby’s, A Cabaret. She’s joined, as always, by Connie Sue Day, the 31st Lady of Country Music. Expect holiday classics old and new (“Hard Candy Christmas,” “River”), novelty tunes (“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”) and perhaps a verse or two penned by Connie Sue herself. You’ll hear plenty at the two-hour show and go home merry.  But beware the Dynel wig.

$40. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday.  Actor’s Express is in the King Plow Arts Center, 887 W. Marietta St. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469.

Also for the holidays (ongoing)

IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER:

CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Ongoing. Through Dec. 22. The return of the one-man telling with actor/artistic director Anthony P. Rodriguez. At Aurora Theatre’s Harvel Lab. 678.226.6222. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 Drew Reeves (left), Enoch King.

Drew Reeves (left), Enoch King.

CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Ongoing. Through Dec. 23. As they have for 20-plus years, a handful of actors brings the story alive at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. 404.874.5299, Ext. 0.

INVASION: CHRISTMAS CAROL. Ongoing. through Dec. 20. An improvised version of the Dickens classic with surprise special guests. Even cast members don’t know who will show up, or when. Dad’s Garage. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.  404.523.3141.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER. Ongoing. Through Dec. 30. Based on the timeless Rankin/Bass stop-motion animated TV special from 1964. At the Center for Puppetry Arts404.873.3391.

THE SNOW QUEEN. Ongoing. Through Jan. 6. A traveling, site-specific show done outdoors and based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale. At Serenbe Playhouse770.463.1110.

ELF THE MUSICAL. Dec. 7-16. The stage version of the 2003 Will Ferrell movie comedy. Allow extra time to get through venue security at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center.  City Springs Theatre Company. 404.477.4365.

Also for the holidays (limited performances)

IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER:

HANDEL’S MESSIAHDec. 13-14 only. Two performances. Featuring the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

A FESTIVE FAMILY HOLIDAY. Dec. 16 only. Two performances. Join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and conductor Stephen Mulligan to hear favorite holiday tunes and … maybe … see Santa. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

A CHRISTMAS MEMORY. Dec. 17 only. A one-man telling of the Truman Capote story about an Alabama boy and his elderly, eccentric cousin with actor/artistic director Tom Key.  At Theatrical Outfit. 678.528.1500.

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BEST BETS | Nov. 21-28, 2018

  The outlook turns tinselly, with holiday shows dominating the calendar. We highly recommend Aurora Theatre’s “Christmas Canteen” and Theatrical Outfit’s “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.” If you’re not yet ready for ugly Christmas sweaters, check out the world premiere of “Knead,” running through Dec. 9 at the Alliance Theatre. Pictured: Amelia Fischer as Mary Bennet. Photo by David Woolf.

The outlook turns tinselly, with holiday shows dominating the calendar. We highly recommend Aurora Theatre’s “Christmas Canteen” and Theatrical Outfit’s “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.” If you’re not yet ready for ugly Christmas sweaters, check out the world premiere of “Knead,” running through Dec. 9 at the Alliance Theatre. Pictured: Amelia Fischer as Mary Bennet. Photo by David Woolf.

Top picks

 Kristin Markiton (center) backed by Briana Young (from left), Chani Maisonet and Galen Crawley. Photo: Chris Bartelski

Kristin Markiton (center) backed by Briana Young (from left), Chani Maisonet and Galen Crawley. Photo: Chris Bartelski

Christmas Canteen.THROUGH DEC. 23.

Aurora Theatre joyously stages its 23rd original holiday revue. It sells quickly, so if you’re interested, don’t delay. Performances are already selling out. 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 Maisonet, 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, so please check ahead. Aurora offers free, covered, attached parking in a city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.226.6222.

 Mary Lynn Owen. Photo: Greg Mooney

Mary Lynn Owen. Photo: Greg Mooney

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 is the lone cast member. Knead was developed in the Alliance’s Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab and was a semifinalist for the prestigious O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in Connecticut. David de Vries (who takes the Alliance stage as Ebenezer Scrooge next month) 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.

[MORE: HOW A PLAYWRIGHT RISES]

Miss-Bennet

 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, along with Devon Hales and Juan Carlos Unzueta. New to the cast are Stephanie FriedmanJeanette Illidge,Jasmine 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.

New holiday shows

Curious-Holiday-Encounters

Curious Holiday Encounters. DEC. 6-9.

This festival of interactive performances takes place throughout 7 Stages’ entire building. Expect an offbeat brand of holiday cheer as you stroll and check out offerings from the Little Five Points Rockstar Orchestra, Arís Theatre, the Weird Sisters Theatre Project, Atlanta theater artist Rebekah Suellau and others. Artistic director Heidi S. Howard curates.

$15-$25. 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (last entry at 9 p.m.); 5 p.m. Sunday (last entry at 7 p.m.). 1105 Euclid Ave. NE in the Little Five Points neighborhood. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.523.7647.

The-Ethel-Merman-Disco-Christmas-Spectacular

The Ethel Merman Disco Christmas Spectacular. DEC. 6-22.

Out Front Theatre Company imagines what the great Ethel Merman’s unaired 1979 Christmas TV special would look like. It takes place onstage at the iconic Studio 54, the same year the Queen of Broadway released her infamous disco record. The show shimmers with classic Christmas songs set to a dance-floor beat and visited by a cavalcade of celebrities, including Andy Warhol, Donna Summer and Truman Capote. The world premiere is written and directed by artistic director Paul Conroy.

$15-$25. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Also at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17. 999 Brady Ave. NW in West Midtown. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.448.2755

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Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. NOV. 27-DEC. 1. National tour.

The stage version of the classic Christmas movie visits the Fox Theatre with all the familiar songs and a few others from the Berlin songbook. The 17-tune lineup includes “Sisters,” “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing,” “Happy Holiday,” “Snow,” “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “I Love a Piano,” “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy” and “What Can You Do With a General?” You might recognize Karen Ziemba (a Tony Award winner for Contact) as Martha Watson and Conrad John Schuck (a longtime Daddy Warbucks) as General Waverly. Presented by Broadway in Atlanta.

$31-$116. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Sunday. 660 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 855.285.8499.

[HOW THE CREATIVE TEAM GUARANTEES SNOWS]

The-Nutcracker

 The Nutcracker. DEC. 8-24.

Atlanta Ballet debuts its first new Nutcracker in 23 seasons, a $3.7 million staging choreographed by Russian-born dancer Yuri Possokhov, an old friend and colleague of artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin. This telling returns to the original source material: German author E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 fantasy story “Nutcracker and Mouse King.” It sets the opening Christmas Eve party in a small German village, and features new scenic, costume and lighting designs as well as projections to help tell the story of a little girl named Marie and her come-to-life Nutcracker Prince. The production features some 40 dancers.

$35-$140. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 + 7 p.m. Sunday. Also at 1 p.m. Dec. 24. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.892.3303.

 Jeremy Aggers. Photo illustration: Chris Bartelsk

Jeremy Aggers. Photo illustration: Chris Bartelsk

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 director Anthony 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. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 Marguerite Hannah (front) and (back, from left) Maria Rodriguez-Sager, playwright Larry Larson and Markell Williams.

Marguerite Hannah (front) and (back, from left) Maria Rodriguez-Sager, playwright Larry Larson and Markell Williams.

Waffle Palace Christmas. THROUGH DEC. 30.

New. Horizon Theatre has retired The Santaland Diaries in favor of this world premiere, a sequel of sorts to its 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. Dec. 4, 11 + 18. Matinees at 11 a.m. Dec. 6, 13 + 19. Free parking. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.584.7450.

Returning holiday shows of note

 David de Vries

David de Vries

A Christmas Carol. DEC. 12-24.

The Alliance Theatre takes its musical, multicultural telling, penned by David H. Bell,back to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for a second season. David de Vries returns as Ebenezer Scrooge. Joining him again are Neal A. Ghant (Bob Cratchit); Bart Hansard (Fezziwig, Ghost of Christmas Yet to Be); and Courtney Patterson (Ghost of Christmas Past), among many others. Rosemary Newcott once again directs. The caroling is gorgeous, and irresistible. Family-friendly. Note: Metal detectors are in place for every performance, so allow extra time to enter the venue.

$14-$115. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Also at 7 p.m. Dec. 23. 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 Connie Sue Day

Connie Sue Day

Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays and a Connie Sue Day Christmas. DEC. 14-23.

Singer and funny lady Libby Whittemore returns to Actor’s Express with her 10th edition of this joyful holiday songfest. It dates back even further, to her entrepreneurial days as the headliner at the late, great Libby’s, A Cabaret in Buckhead. She’s joined, as always, by Connie Sue Day, the 31st Lady of Country Music. Expect holiday classics old and new, novelty tunes and perhaps a verse or two penned by Connie Sue Day herself. You’ll hear plenty at the two-hour show and go home happy. Beware the Dynel wig. $40. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday.  Actor’s Express is in the King Plow Arts Center, 887 W. Marietta St. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469.

Frog-and-Toad

A Year With Frog and Toad. DEC. 7-30.

The family favorite about a year in the lives of two best friends returns to Synchronicity Theatre. The Tony-nominated musical follows the cheerful, popular Frog (Matt Baum) and the rather grumpy Toad (Greg Maurice Hunter) through four, fun-filled seasons. It’s part vaudeville and part make-believe as well as funny and moving. Also in the cast: Taryn Carmona, Elliott Folds and Lyndsay Ricketson. Jenna Tamisea, artistic director of GLOW Lyric Theatre in Greenville, S.C., directs. The 2006 telling won Suzi Bass awards for outstanding musical, direction and costume design. The show is based on the Newbery and Caldecott Medal-winning books by Arnold Lobel.

$16-$31 (under age 2 free). 7 p.m. Friday; 1 + 4:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 + 5:30 p.m. Sunday. School matinees available. Every Friday is PJs and Play. Kids in PJs get free milk and fresh-baked cookies. Synchronicity Theatre is in the Peachtree Pointe Complex, 1545 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.484.8636.

Also for the holidays

CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL, a one-man telling with actor/artistic director Anthony P. Rodriguez, returns. Nov. 23-Dec. 22 at Aurora Theatre’s Harvel Lab.

A CHRISTMAS MEMORY, a one-man telling of the Truman Capote story about an Alabama boy and his elderly, eccentric cousin with actor/artistic director Tom Key. Dec. 17 only at Theatrical Outfit.

ELF THE MUSICAL, a stage version of the 2003 Will Ferrell movie comedy. Dec. 7-16 at City Springs Theatre Company. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 Hermey the Elf and Rudolph.

Hermey the Elf and Rudolph.

INVASION CHRISTMAS CAROL, another season of an improvised version of the Dickens classic with surprise special guests. Even cast members don’t know who will show up, or when. Nov. 30-Dec. 20 at Dad’s Garage. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

A NICE FAMILY CHRISTMAS, a 2017 script about the goings-on at one dysfunctional family’s Christmas reunion. Nov. 30-Dec. 16 at Stage Door Players

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, based on the timeless Rankin/Bass stop-motion animated TV special from 1964. Through Dec. 30 at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

THE SNOW QUEEN, a traveling show done outdoors and based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale. Nov. 28-Jan. 6 at Serenbe Playhouse.

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Critics like Alliance-bred Broadway musical ‘The Prom’

  ABOVE: Josh Lamon (from left), Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Angie Schworer and company in a scene from the new musical comedy “The Prom.” Photo by Deen van Meer.

ABOVE: Josh Lamon (from left), Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Angie Schworer and company in a scene from the new musical comedy “The Prom.” Photo by Deen van Meer.

THE PROM, the new American musical born in 2016 at the Alliance Theatre, opened on Broadway on Thursday night to positive reviews from The New York Times, Deadline Hollywood, Variety, the Hollywood Reporter and the Wall Street Journal.

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The show, the ninth Alliance production to reach Broadway since 1996, looks at what happens when four stars leave the bright lights of Broadway and take leading roles in a small-town controversy that’s making national headlines. The controversy: a shy lesbian in Indiana wants to take her date to the high-school prom.

The creators — book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, songs by Beguelin (lyrics) and Matthew Sklar (music) — have on their combined résumés The Drowsy Chaperone, that delightfully dizzy 1920s showbiz spoof, and The Wedding Singer, an underrated show about an entertainer so humbled he winds up in a dumpster. Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw again directs and choreographs.

Four leading actors seen by Atlanta audiences reprise their roles and lead a cast of 27: Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone) as Broadway diva Dee Dee Allen, Tony nominees Christopher Sieber (Shrek the Musical) and Brooks Ashmanskas (Something Rotten!) as fellow actors, and Caitlin Kinnunen as the high-school lesbian named Emma. Atlanta-based actor Courtenay Collins also returns, making her Broadway debut as PTA President Mrs. Greene.

The show has an open-ended run at the Longacre Theatre on West 48th Street. Here’s a recap of what the critics said.

JESSE GREEN OF THE NEW YORK TIMES: “A joyful hoot with kinetic dancing, broad mugging and belty anthems that make you believe in musical comedy again. These days, that takes some doing. How, after all, with so much pain in the air and so many constraints on what’s allowed to be funny, do we find the heart and permission to laugh? … Delicious despite its flaws, moving so  fast that you can hardly see the cracks in the road. …  Consistently delivers on its entertainment promises as well as its Golden Age premise: that musicals, however zazzy, can address the deepest issues dividing us.”

 The “Prom” cast on Broadway includes (bottom row, from left) Courtenay Collins, Michael Potts, Brooks Ashmanskas, Josh Lamon, Angie Schworer, and (top row, from left) Beth Leavel, Caitlin Kinnunen, Isabelle McCalla and Christopher Sieber. Photo: Deen van Meer

The “Prom” cast on Broadway includes (bottom row, from left) Courtenay Collins, Michael Potts, Brooks Ashmanskas, Josh Lamon, Angie Schworer, and (top row, from left) Beth Leavel, Caitlin Kinnunen, Isabelle McCalla and Christopher Sieber. Photo: Deen van Meer

GREG EVANS FOR DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD: “As the full-of-themselves hoofers and belters, Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Christopher Sieber and Angie Schworer, along with their more spirited than effective publicist, played by Josh Lamon, chew the scenery to great delight, descending on small-town America like bedazzled locusts. Their big numbers — “Changing Lives,” “It’s Not About Me,” “The Lady’s Improving” — show just the hoped-for levels of All About Eve self-satisfaction anyone could want.”

FRANK RIZZO FOR VARIETY: “This original musical has laughs, tears and joy — not to mention jaw-dropping star turns — in a clash-cultures hoot that earns a big Broadway corsage. … It’s a 21st century Bye Bye Birdie, with showbiz interlopers causing havoc before finding their better selves — but reimagined with a millennial slant and an echo of Dear Evan Hansen empowerment. … Matthew Sklar’s easy melodies and Chad Beguelin’s witty lyrics are a mix of classic Broadway show tunes (for the adult players) and exuberant or wistful pop songs (for the younger ones). Nearly everyone gets their musical moment or two.”

 Isabelle McCalla (left) and Caitlin Kinnunen, as the lesbian couple — one closeted, one not — at the center of a small-town prom-troversy. Photo: Sara Krulwich

Isabelle McCalla (left) and Caitlin Kinnunen, as the lesbian couple — one closeted, one not — at the center of a small-town prom-troversy. Photo: Sara Krulwich

DAVID ROONEY FOR THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: “If Forbidden Broadway and the John Hughes teen films that ruled the ’80s had a queer baby, it might look something like the frothy new musical comedy, The Prom. That means the show is one part satire, packed with delicious theatrical in-jokes delivered with aplomb by game stage veterans playing caricatures of themselves; and one part inclusivity teaching moment, reminding us there’s a place for everyone beneath the Mylar balloons at a high school dance, even in conservative Indiana. If the two halves aren’t entirely seamless, especially in the uneven second act, the show has enough humor and heart to paper over the cracks. Any musical that makes it to Broadway these days without a familiar movie source or a popular jukebox score is an achievement, so this original story is a rainbow unicorn that wins points right there. Although The Prom will not go down as a classic, it’s an enjoyable, old-fashioned entertainment that provides a tonic for these bellicose times.”

TERRY TEACHOUT FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: “The results are a bit sanctimonious in spots, but most of The Prom is really, really funny — and much of it, to my happy surprise, is funny at the expense of the good guys. … This show is clearly aimed at those who already think that anyone should be able to bring anyone else to the senior prom. Should you fit the bill, The Prom will make you laugh — I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard at a new musical — and it will also fill you with the toasty-warm glow of unchallenged righteousness. That’s a surprising combination, especially nowadays.”

The Alliance-to-Broadway pipeline

Atlanta’s Alliance, one of the largest regional theaters in the Southeast, has incubated eight musicals and two plays with Broadway aspirations. Eight have made the jump successfully. Two have yet to get there. This rundown begins with the most recent shows first and includes when each ran, how long and whether it received any Tony Award nominations.

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TUCK EVERLASTING. Opened in spring 2016 and had a five-week run (39 performances excluding previews). It received a Tony nomination for Gregg Barnes’ costume design.

BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL. Opened in summer 2012 and ran for more than five months (171 performances excluding previews). It received Tony nominations for best musical and Andy Blankenbuehler’s choreography. It toured nationally for seven months in 2011/12.

SISTER ACT: A DIVINE MUSICAL COMEDY. Opened in spring/summer 2011. and ran for almost 1.5 years (561 performances excluding previews). It received Tony nominations for best musical, musical book, original score (Glenn Slater and Alan Menken) and featured actress (Victoria Clark as Mother Superior). It toured nationally for more than 1.5 years in 2012-14.

 LaChanze and Elisabeth Withers-Mendes (as Celie and Shug Avery) in the original Broadway production of “The Color Purple.” Photo: Paul Kolnik

LaChanze and Elisabeth Withers-Mendes (as Celie and Shug Avery) in the original Broadway production of “The Color Purple.” Photo: Paul Kolnik

COME FLY AWAY. Opened in spring/fall 2010 and ran almost six months (188 performances excluding previews). It received Tony nominations for Twyla Tharp’s choreography and featured actress Karine Plantadit-Bageot and toured nationally for 11 months in 2011/12.

THE COLOR PURPLE. Opened Dec. 1, 2005, and ran  for almost 2.5 years (910 performances excluding previews). The show has 11 Tony Award nominations — for best musical, best book, best actress, best featured actor and actress, choreography, and scenic, costume and lighting design. LaChanze (as Celie) won for best actress/musical. A 2015 Broadway revival, which emphasized intimacy and storytelling, ran 14 months and won Tony awards for best musical revival and Cynthia Erivo’s Celie, plus nominations for director and featured actress Danielle Brooks (Sofia). Each version produced a national tour.

AIDA (titled Elaborate Lives at the Alliance). Opened March 23, 2000, and ran for nearly five years (1,852 performances excluding previews). It won four Tony awards — for best original score (by Elton John and Tim Rice), best actress for Heather Headley’s Aida, Bob Crowley’s scenic design and Natasha Katz’s lighting design. It was nominated for costume design. Aida toured nationally for nearly 2.5 years in 2001-03 .

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO. Alfred Uhry’s comedy was commissioned for the 1996 Olympic Arts Festival and ran on Broadway for almost 1.5 years (556 performances excluding previews). It was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, won the Tony Award for best play and earned three performance nominations — for featured actor Terry Beaver and featured actresses Dany Ivey and Celia Weston.

SO LONG ON LONELY STREET. The Sandra Deer-penned comedy opened in spring 1986 and ran about 1.5 months (53 performances excluding previews).

Two Alliance-incubated shows with Broadway aspirations have not made it yet. The 2014 musical Bull Durham announced a tentative spring 2017 opening, according to Playbill.com, but that date came and went. The 2012 musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County by Stephen King and John Mellencamp also took aim at Broadway. A concert version toured the South and Midwest in 2013.

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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.

Coming up

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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.

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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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