BEST BETS | May 30 – June 5, 2019

Henry VIII

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: The opening of Henry VIII at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse completes the company’s second time performing Shakespeare’s entire canon.

Opening this weekend

Henry VIII. Through June 16. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. In this episode of Shakespeare’s historical saga, Henry VIII is a virile young man enthralled by the women of his court. The play, full of grand pageantry, includes the coronation of Anne Boleyn, the christening of Elizabeth, and famous speeches by the noble Duke of Buckingham, the grotesque Cardinal Wolsey, and Queen Catherine. This production is especially exciting as it marks the second time The Atlanta Shakespeare Company has performed Shakespeare’s entire canon. Tickets and info on the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse website.

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BEST BETS | May 23 – May 29, 2019

AtlantaJazzFestival

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: This weekend, Piedmont Park welcomes the Atlanta Jazz Festival, a culmination of a full month of performances and programs. Photo from the Atlanta Jazz Festival Facebook page.

On the stage

Native Gardens. Through June 2. Aurora Theatre. Based in a historic Washington D.C. neighborhood, two couples who are next-door neighbors battle for their backyards. Each wants a completely different landscape than the other. Native Gardens is on American Theatre’s Top 10 Most Produced Plays of the 2018-19 season list. In addition, playwright Karen Zacaría is fifth on American Theatre’s Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights of 2018-19. Full of thoroughly-researched horticulture references, on-stage partially-real gardens, and realistic neighborly conflict, Native Gardens is sure to challenge, delight, and humor audiences! Tickets and info on the Aurora Theatre website.

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BEST BETS | May 16 – May 22, 2019

Ragtime

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: Jacob Louchheim and Elyse Corbett in Serenbe Playhouse’s Vaudeville-inspired Ragtime.

Still running

Ride the Cyclone. Through May 26. Alliance Theatre. Shortly after boarding the Cyclone ride at a traveling fair, a broken front axle sends the teenagers to their tragic demise. While stuck in a sort of purgatory, a mechanical fortune teller invites each student to compete in a macabre contest with the prize of a return to the world of the living. Bewildered, the teens take turns sharing their stories, making a case for themselves. Ride the Cyclone is a wildly original new musical—part comedy, part tragedy, and wholly unexpected. Info and tickets on the Alliance Theatre website.

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BEST BETS | May 2 – May 8, 2019

Ride-The-Cyclone

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: Lillian Castillo (as Constance Blackwood) and Tiffany Tatreau (as Ocean OConnell Rosenburg) from the cast of the Alliance Theatre’s Ride the Cyclone.

Opening this weekend

Ride the Cyclone. Runs May 1 – 26. Alliance Theatre. Shortly after boarding the Cyclone ride at a traveling fair, a broken front axle sends the teenagers to their tragic demise. While stuck in a sort of purgatory, a mechanical fortune teller invites each student to compete in a macabre contest with the prize of a return to the world of the living. Bewildered, the teens take turns sharing their stories, making a case for themselves. Ride the Cyclone is a wildly original new musical—part comedy, part tragedy, and wholly unexpected. Info on the Alliance Theatre website. Discounted tickets at PoshDealz.com.

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BEST BETS | Apr. 25 – May 1, 2019

Falsettos

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: Alex Newberg, Ben Thorpe, Jessica De Maria, Craig Waldrip, and Jordan Dell Harris in Falsettos at Actor’s Express, closing this weekend. Photo by Casey Gardner Photography. 

Closing this weekend

Approval Junkie. Through April 28. Alliance Theatre. Faith Salie has returned home to Georgia to perform this stage adaptation of her memoir – a collection of thoughtfully irreverent and honest essays. Salie shares heartfelt and hilarious stories that look back on a lifetime of searching for validation, from winning her high school beauty pageant to picking the perfect outfit to wear to her divorce. When not performing on stage, Salie is a comedian and Emmy Award-winning journalist best known for her roles on NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” and CBS News Sunday Morning. In this witty, candid, and sometimes heartbreaking performance, Salie’s descriptions of looking for approval in all the wrong places ultimately reveals how she finally pleased her toughest critic – herself. Info on the Alliance Theatre website. Discount tickets on PoshDealz.com.

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BEST BETS | Apr. 11 – 17, 2019

Shenandoah

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: Daniel Burns and Rachel Potter in Shenandoah at Serenbe Playhouse. Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus.

Last chance

Men with Money. Through April 14. Aurora Theatre. Set in 1950s New York, Men With Money is a subversive, Technicolor romp about three young men looking to find wealthy spouses. Louis, Max, and Sonny are charming, young, eligible. With two of them looking for husbands and the other looking for a wife, they may just have the charm and chutzpah to pull off their own rags to riches story. With book and lyrics by Bill Nelson, and music and additional lyrics by Joseph Trefler, this new musical is full of dreams, schemes, and lavish musical numbers. Info on the Aurora Theatre website. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

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BEST BETS | Mar. 14-Mar. 20, 2019

ArisTheatreCelticShorts

WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: The four provinces of Ireland represented in performances at Arís Theatre’s Celtic Shorts fundraiser event! See below for info and ticket link.

St. Patrick’s Day weekend

Magical Music Adventure. March 17. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ignite your imagination with the sounds of the ASO and the visual theatre of Magic Circle Mime Company. The whole family will enjoy learning about the Orchestra, its music, and the art of listening on this Magical Music Adventure. The program of music includes a storyline of attempted performances from various artistic disciplines complicated by the unexpected participation of two audience members. The ensuing action includes musical challenges between bugle and trumpet and tap dancing to ballet music. Tickets and info on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra website.

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