BEST BETS | Sept. 14-20, 2017

shakespeare in love

“The Christians” (Actor’s Express) and “Bengal Tiger” (7 Stages) open this week. Other top picks: “Burnpile” (Aurora) and “Shakespeare in Love” (Alliance). Pictured: Thomas Azar as Will Shakespeare and Bethany Anne Lind as Viola. Photo by Greg Mooney

** Indicates an Encore Atlanta fall/winter season recommendation.

Special event

Washington, D.C., in the 1950s, in a scene from “The Lavender Scare.” Photo: Courtesy of the Atlanta Jewish Film Fest

Washington, D.C., in the 1950s, in a scene from “The Lavender Scare.” Photo: Courtesy of the Atlanta Jewish Film Fest

AJFF Selects: The Lavender Scare. 7 tonight. 

This 77-minute documentary provides the first in-depth account of a Cold War campaign to purge homosexuals from the federal government.

Directed by Josh Howard, an Emmy Award-winning  “60 Minutes” producer, it captures the outrage and activism that helped ignite the modern gay rights movement. Howard will attend the screening.

(Note: The play Perfect Arrangement, by Atlanta’s Topher Payne, looks at the same era and runs Feb. 22-March 11 at Theatrical Outfit.) 

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival co-presents this 2017 docu with Out on Film, Atlanta’s LGBT Film Festival.

$15; $30 VIP (includes a chance to meet Howard at a post-screening reception at Apres Diem, a ticket for one drink and light appetizers).

Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.701.6104.

 

 

Recommended

Brian Kurlander. Photo: Ashley Earles-Bennett

Brian Kurlander. Photo: Ashley Earles-Bennett

** The Christians. IN PREVIEWS | OPENS SATURDAY.

This 2014 script by Lucas Hnath (Broadway’s A Doll’s House, Part 2) asks how far you’ll go for something to believe in.

 Actor’s Express calls it “a provocative excavation of modern faith.” The setting is a megachurch that’s rocked when its pastor discards fundamentalist Christianity in favor of something more inclusive. Director Freddie Ashley’s cast is led by Brian Kurlander and Enoch King. Expect to hear church choirs, too.

$20 previews; $40 opening night; regularly $28 (subject to change). Through Oct. 15. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

At the King Plow Arts Center, 887 West Marietta St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469.

 

Kevin Harry in “Hunchback.” Photo: Daniel Parvis

Kevin Harry in “Hunchback.” Photo: Daniel Parvis

The Hunchback of Notre Dame. CLOSES SUNDAY. 

This Theatrical Outfit / Aurora Theatre co-production finishes its run downtown at the Rialto Center for the Arts. 

The Alan Menken-Stephen Schwartz-scored show is based on the Victor Hugo novel and the 1996 Disney movie, and follows a deformed bell ringer named Quasimodo and his travails in 1482 Paris. 

Haden Rider returns as Quasimodo and Julissa Sabino as Esmeralda.

$18-$51 (subject to change). 11 a.m. + 7:30 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2:30 + 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 

80 Forsyth St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.528.1500.

 

Acworth-Shakespeare

** Shakespeare in Love. THROUGH SEPT. 24. 

The Alliance Theatre‘s fall opener features a reunion of some of the most talented folks from the late, lamented Georgia Shakespeare, including artistic director Richard Garner. He directs this love letter to the bard, based on the 1998 film that won seven Academy Awards, including best picture.

Young Will Shakespeare (Thomas Azar) has writer’s block as the deadline for his new play looms.

Enter his muse, Viola (Bethany Anne Lind). The 23-member cast includes such former Georgia Shakes regulars as Barrett Doyle, Allan Edwards, Neal A. Ghant, Chris Kayser, Tess Malis KincaidJoe Knezevich and Lind. 

$10-$75. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 + 7:30 p.m. Sunday (no 8 p.m. show Sept. 24).

Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

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Taylor M. Dooley. Photo: Daniel Parvis

Taylor M. Dooley. Photo: Daniel Parvis

Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up. THROUGH OCT. 1. 

A lecherous goat, Pentecostals on the radio, a clutter of in-bred cats, phone calls from death row and Daddy’s burnpile are among the elements in this Southern coming-of-age tale from Lucy Alibar, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Beasts of the Southern Wild. Atlanta actor Taylor M. Dooley, a Dad’s Garage regular seen too infrequently on other stages, is the sole cast member.

Part of Aurora Theatre’s Harvel Lab Series. $20-$30. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 

128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. Free, covered, attached parking in city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.226.6222. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 

Opening this week

Joe Sykes. Photo: Stungun Photography

Joe Sykes. Photo: Stungun Photography

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. PREVIEWS TONIGHT | OPENS FRIDAY.

7 Stages begins its season with this Pulitzer-nominated drama from playwright Rajiv Joseph (Gruesome Playground Injuries). 

The lives of two U.S. Marines and their Iraqi translator are irrevocably changed when they meet a tiger who haunts Baghdad’s rubble-strewn streets.

Co-artistic director Michael Haverty directs a cast that features Kevin Stillwell as the Tiger and includes Paris Benjamin, Marium Khalid, Rudy Roushdi, Joe Sykes, Markell Williams and Sam Younis. 

The drama had a limited run on Broadway in 2011 with Robin Williams as the tiger.

$22 and up. Through Oct. 8. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday (no show Sept. 17). Additional show at 8 p.m. Sept. 18. 1105 Euclid Ave. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.523.7647.

 

 

Once-On-Island

Once on This Island. OPENS TONIGHT.

 Georgia Ensemble Theatre begins its 25th season with this 1991 musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Anastasia). It’s a beautifully told story of life, pain, love, grief, faith, hope and buoyant Caribbean rhythms. One stormy night on an island in the French Antilles, the cracking thunder makes a small girl cry. To comfort her, the village storytellers share the tale of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love with a grand homme.

Nominated for eight 1991 Tony awards, including best musical. Ricardo Aponte directs and choreographs. 

$33-$43. Through Oct. 1. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 4 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. No 4 p.m. show Sept. 16. GET performs at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.641.1260. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

Closing this week

Jimmica Collins

Jimmica Collins

Mother Goose. CLOSES SUNDAY.

In this Center for Puppetry Arts staging, audience members must sing, wiggle and clap to help Mary Mary (Jimmica Collins) find a missing Mother Goose.

All the citizens of Rhymeville are also on the case, including Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, and both Jack and Jill.

For ages 2 and up. Uses hand-and-rod, rod and glove puppets.

$19.50. 10 + 11 a.m. today-Friday; 11 a.m., 1 + 3 p.m. Saturday; and 1 + 3 p.m. Sunday. 1404 Spring St. NW.

Details, tickets HERE or at 404.873.3391.

 

Shakespeare-Tavern

The Taming of the Shrew. CLOSES SUNDAY.

The untamed, unwed Katherine is wooed for convenience by the charismatic but bawdy bachelor Petruchio in one of Shakespeare’s best-known comedies. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse regulars Dani Herd and Matt Nitchie play the warring duo. Pub menu and libations available. 

$22-$45. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

499 Peachtree St. NE (across from Emory University Hospital Midtown). Details, tickets HERE or at 404.874.5299, Ext. 0. Discount gift cards at PoshDealz.com.

Still running

The “Wicket” company. Photo: Haylee Anne Kitties

The “Wicket” company. Photo: Haylee Anne Kitties

Wicket. THROUGH OCT. 7. World premiere. 

Many Bothans died in the making of this musical parody, say the folks at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company

Wicket tells the classic Star Wars tale from the Ewoks’ perspective, which means they’ll sing, dance and share the true story of life inside the Galactic Federation.

Not recommended for anyone not old enough for adult humor and anyone who doesn’t enjoy it. Kennesaw State’s Rick Lombardo (Little Shop of Horrors at Actor’s Express) directs, with script & lyrics by Travis Sharp and score & lyrics by Haddon Kime.

$12.50-$29.50 (always cheapest online). 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 569 Ezzard St. SE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.523.3141. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 

Next week

Diany Rodriguez. Photo: Up the Hill Productions

Diany Rodriguez. Photo: Up the Hill Productions

** Abigail/1702. SEPT. 21-OCT. 15.

Aurora Theatre catches up with the evil Abigail Williams from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Ten years later she’s haunted by the lives she ruined and the blood on her hands. 

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s 2012 script finds her in Boston, seeking salvation. To her, forgiveness is everything, but it might come at an unthinkable price.

Justin Anderson directs a cast led by Diany Rodriguez. You may know Aguirre-Sacasa from Say You Love Satan (Dad’s Garage, 2001), Weird Comic Book Fantasy (Dad’s, 2003) and Good Boys and True (Actor’s Express, 2010).

This 90-minute drama has no intermission and contains mature themes.

128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. $20-$55. Details, tickets HERE or at  678.226.6222.

 

Michael Kurth

Michael Kurth

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. SEPT. 21 + 23.

Music director Robert Spano and the ASO begin a new season with An American in Paris, George Gershwin’s postcard from France.

The swinging showpiece, which inspired the Academy Award-winning film and recent Broadway musical, caps a night of American music.

The program includes “A Thousand Words” by ASO bassist Michael Kurth; and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, an Atlanta favorite, who solos in Bernstein’s jazz-inspired Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety.

$32-$113. 8 nightly. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

 

project-dawn

** Project Dawn. SEPT. 22-OCT. 29. 

At Horizon Theatre. Audiences will be on both sides of the judicial system in this fact-based story about an innovative program dedicated to rehabilitating sex workers, not  punishing them. Seven actors double as victims/participants and court staff.

Artistic director Lisa Adler leads a cast of familiar Atlanta faces (Lane CarlockCarolyn CookMarianne FrauloMaria Rodriguez-Sager) and some that will be familiar soon (Shayla Love, Synchronicity’s Eclipsed; Brooke Owens, Synchronicity’s Anne Boleyn; and Christy Clark, Horizon’s Blackberry Daze). This National New Play Network rolling world premiere was written by Karen Hartman, who used a revolutionary Philadelphia court as the basis for her script. Her drama tests the thin lines between freedom and slavery, and activism and obsession. 1083 Austin Ave. at Euclid Avenue.

$25 and up. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.584.7450.

 

Shelli Delgado, Jennifer Schottstaedt. Photo: Herry Siegel

Shelli Delgado, Jennifer Schottstaedt. Photo: Herry Siegel

** Sense and Sensibility. SEPT. 22-OCT. 15

A regional premiere at Synchronicity Theatre. Jane Austen can be fun! Just ask playwright Kate Hamill.

Her 2014 adaptation of the beloved novel ratchets up the energy level, using inventive staging and a cast of 10 to play the Dashwoods, the Ferrars and a busy bunch of gossips that show just how the very private worlds of Georgian-era Brits lacked privacy. Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout calls it “a version so full of galloping comic vitality as to suggest a bunch of stupendously clever kids playing dress-up in the nursery.” Artistic director Rachel May directs an athletic cast led by Shelli Delgado as Elinor Dashwood, Jennifer Schottstaedt as Marianne Dashwood, Justin Walker as Edward Ferrars and Bryant Smith as Col. Brandon.

One Peachtree Pointe, 1545 Peachtree St. NE. $30. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.484.8636.

 

atlanta-opera

The Seven Deadly Sins. OPENS SEPT. 28.

The Atlanta Opera begins its season with an intimate cabaret experience that looks at the duality of the character(s), Anna I and Anna II, two sides of the same woman. She embarks on a seven-city pursuit of the American Dream, uncovering each of the seven deadly sins along the way: envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth and wrath. The Kurt WeillBertolt Brecht piece was first performed in 1933. Serenbe Playhouse Artistic Director Brian Clowdus directs his first opera; Rolando Salazar conducts.

$50 all seats. Through Oct. 6. Note: Sept. 28, 30 and Oct. 6 performances are sold out. Remaining shows: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Oct. 3-5; 3 p.m. Oct. 1. Performed at Le Maison Rouge at Paris on Ponce as part of the opera’s Discoveries series, 716 Ponce de Leon Place NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.881.8885.

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Coming up

Jose Llana as the King of Siam. Photo: Matthew Murphy

Jose Llana as the King of Siam. Photo: Matthew Murphy

** The King and I. SEPT. 26-OCT. 1. At the Fox Theatre.

East meets West — and they don’t always get on nicely — in what is, by all accounts, a definitive version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic. This production comes from Lincoln Center  and director Bartlett Sher, both responsible for the wonderfully inventive, picture-perfect South Pacific that played the Fox in 2010. If you need a refresher, The King and I takes place in the 1860s, when the King of Siam hires an English schoolteacher to tutor his wives and children. There’s an undeniable emotional and intellectual attraction between them; a slave girl from Burma (Tuptim) and her forbidden lover (Lun Tha) have the primary romance, with the King’s favorite wife (Lady Thiang) also playing a key role. The score includes “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello, Young Lovers,” “A Puzzlement,” “Getting to Know You,” “We Kiss in a Shadow,” “Something Wonderful” and “Shall We Dance,” among others.

660 Peachtree St. NE. $30-$135. Details, tickets HERE or at 855.285.8499.

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BEST BETS | Aug. 10-16, 2017

Best Bets by Kathy Janich

Ada and Her Memory Engine

We have four top picks, including “Ada and the Memory Engine” (Essential), and three openings, including Weird Sisters’ world premiere of “Space Girl.” Pictured (from left): Holly Stevenson, Mark Cosby (as Babbage), Ashley Anderson (as Ada) and Brandon Partrick in “Ada and Her Memory Engine.” Photo by Elisabeth Cooper.

** Indicates an Encore Atlanta summer season recommendation.

Recommended

Ada and Her Memory Engine

Ada and the Memory Engine. THROUGH AUG. 27.

Audience and critical acclaim has greeted this script by Decatur-born, San Francisco-based playwright Lauren Gunderson, part of  this summer’s Essential Theatre play fest. The subject is Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), the British mathematician who became the world’s first computer programmer.

In calling this 2015 bio-play a “rare and special artistic achievement,” The Huffington Post praised its intelligence, which shines through in a finely acted, though bare-bones staging, here. Ashley Anderson is Ada, with Mark Cosby as the supportive, influential Charles Babbage.

$20-$25. In repertory, check the schedule HERE. At the West End Performing Arts Center, 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Details HERE, tickets HERE.

 

TC Carson. Photo: Greg Mooney

TC Carson. Photo: Greg Mooney

Blackberry Daze. THROUGH AUG. 27.

At Horizon Theatre. Secrets and seduction stun a small Virginia town at the end of World War I, when a provocative gambler (TC Carson) works his magic on three unsuspecting women.

Adapted by Ruth P. Watson and Thomas W. Jones II from Watson’s novel Blackberry Days of Summer. The blues score is by William Knowles; Jones directs.

Also in the cast: Christy Clark, Brittany IngeNaomi LavetteChristian Magby and Ayana Reed.

$25 and up. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 3 + 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. 1083 Austin Ave. NE (at Euclid Avenue). Details, tickets HERE or at 404.584.7450.

 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame. THROUGH AUG. 27.

Critics and audiences are applauding  this Aurora Theatre musical, staged in partnership with Theatrical Outfit.

The show follows a deformed bell ringer named Quasimodo and his travails in 1482 Paris. Justin Anderson directs a cast led by Halen Rider as Quasimodo and Julissa Sabino as Esmeralda.

$30-$65. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Aug. 22-24 shows are sold out; check other performances before you go. 

128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. Free, covered, attached parking in city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.226.6222. 

(The Theatrical Outfit staging runs Sept. 7-17 at the Rialto Center for the Arts in downtown Atlanta.) Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 

Kandace Arrington as Audrey II. Photo: Casey Gardner

Kandace Arrington as Audrey II. Photo: Casey Gardner

** Little Shop of Horrors. THROUGH AUG. 29.

A true joy. Actor’s Express has added Saturday matinees to the run of this Skid Row-set cult musical about a nebbish botanist, his unrequited love, his cranky boss and a very hungry, very mean plant.

The horror-comedy ran off-Broadway for five years in the 1980s, became a 1986 movie and was revived on Broadway in 2003.

You might know the tunes “Suddenly Seymour” and “Somewhere That’s Green.” The cast is led by Juan Carlos Unzueta (the Piragua Guy from Aurora/Theatrical Outfit’s In the Heights) as Seymour, Kylie Brown as Audrey and William S. Murphey as Mr. Mushnik.

$28 and up, plus taxes. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Additional shows at 1 p.m. Aug. 12 + 19.

At the King Plow Arts Center in West Midtown, 887 West Marietta St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469.

 

Opening this week

Sara Esty brings her ballet background to “Paris.” Photo: Matthew Murphy

Sara Esty brings her ballet background to “Paris.” Photo: Matthew Murphy

An American in Paris. OPENS TUESDAY.

New to Atlanta and, by all accounts, one of the most gorgeous productions of the 2015 Broadway season.

Playwright Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss, The Light in the Piazza) updates the story from the 1951 Gene Kelly movie, setting it in 1945 at the close of World War II.

The lush score is compliments of George and Ira Gershwin — “I Got Rhythm,” “The Man I Love,” “’S Wonderful,” “Shall We Dance,” “But Not for Me,” “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise” and “They Can’t Take that Away From Me.” Nominated for 14 Tony awards, including best musical. Won for choreography, orchestrations, scenic design and lighting design. The first national tour makes its first stop in Atlanta, at the Fox Theatre, under the aegis of Broadway in Atlanta.

$30-125. Through Aug. 20. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1 + 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Details, tickets HERE or at 855.285.8499.

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Jimmica Collins

Jimmica Collins

Mother Goose. OPENS AUG. 15.

In this Center for Puppetry Arts staging, Mother Goose is missing, and audience members are asked to sing, wiggle and clap along to help Mary Mary find her.

Also on the case: Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, Jack and Jill, and other citizens of Rhymeville.

For ages 2 and up. Uses rod, hand-and-rod and glove puppets. $19.50.

Through Sept. 17. 10 + 11 a.m. some Tuesdays + Wednesdays; 10 + 11 a.m. Thursday-Friday; 11 a.m., 1 + 3 p.m. Saturday; and 1 + 3 p.m. Sundays.

1404 Spring St. NW. Details HERE or at 404.873.3391.

 

space girl

Space Girl. PREVIEWS TONIGHT | OPENS FRIDAY.

World premiere from the second-gen producers of the Weird Sisters Theatre Project (Shelli Delgado, Rachel Frawley, Kate Donadio MacQueen, Julie Skrzypek and Rebekah Suellau).

The plot: Arugula just wants to fit in, but it’s not easy when you’re a teenage alien from the planet Zlagdor. In a world where the only things that make sense are roller derby and salad, Arugula and her father, Nancy, must find out what it means to be human before time runs out for Planet Earth. This Mora V. Harris comedy was a finalist in the 2017 Alliance/Kendeda National Playwriting Competition. Skrzypek directs.

$15 preview; regularly $20 plus fees. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 3 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Pay-what-you-can show at 8 p.m. Aug. 14. Alliance Theatre, 3rd Floor Black Box, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets HERE.

Still running

Another Mother

Another Mother. THROUGH AUG. 26.

World premiere. Atlanta playwright G.M. Lupo’s script is the second entry in Essential Theatre’s summer play fest.

It follows the journey of a woman named Genevieve, who’s piecing together the identities and relationships between her biological mother, her birth mother and the mother who raised her.

$20-$25. In repertory; check schedule HERE

Details HERE, tickets HERE. At the West End Performing Arts Center, 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.

 

Molly Tynes. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

Molly Tynes. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

Cabaret. THROUGH AUG. 27.

It’s 1931 Berlin and the Nazis are coming to power. The setting at Serenbe Playhouse is outdoors, of course, in and around the squalid Kit Kat Klub, where a young American writer (Lee Osorio) pursues English cabaret performer Sally Bowles (Molly Tynes) and everything is overseen by the androgynous see-no-evil, hear-no-evil Emcee (Serenbe artistic director Brian Clowdus).

The score is by John Kander and Fred Ebb. The 1967 original won the Tony Award for best musical and made a star of Joel Grey. The 1998 version won the Tony Award for best revival of a musical and cemented stardom for Alan Cumming.

$35 + $40; VIP seating is extra. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 9110 Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

 

Into the woods with “Robin Hood.” Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

Into the woods with “Robin Hood.” Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

Robin Hood. EXTENDED THROUGH AUG. 27.

 Serenbe Playhouse takes to the skies (via zip lines) to tell the family-friendly story of the outlaw (Jordan Patrick) devoted to Maid Marian (Casey Shuler) and doing good deeds with his Merry Men.

This adaptation by frequent Serenbe collaborator Rachel Teagle includes original music by Grammy nominee John Burke.

$10-$20. 11 a.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Performed at the Farmers Market Hideaway in Serenbe, Chattahoochee Hills. Directions HERE. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

Next week

His and Hers Cabaret. AUG. 19 ONLY. Stage Door Players presents a gender-bending benefit of music in which women sings songs usually sung by men and vice versa. The lineup, subject to change, includes Paige Mattox and Bryant Smith of the just-closed Annie Get Your Gun, Daniel Burns, Sarah Cave, Kelly Martin, Jen MacQueen, Jeremy Wood and Laura Floyd Wood, among others. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. VIP tickets ($50) include a private reception, a bottle of champagne and reserved prime seating. 8 p.m. (VIP reception at 7 p.m.) 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody. Tickets, details HERE or at 770.396.1726. 

Coming up

A Lesson Before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying. PREVIEWS AUG. 24 | OPENS AUG. 25.

This drama, based on Ernest J. Gaines’ 1993 novel, loosely adapts the true story of a young man twice sentenced to die in the Louisiana electric chair in the 1940s.

Romulus Linney’s script sets the action in 1948 in a small plantation community in Cajun country. A young man, jailed for a murder he didn’t commit, has lost his self-respect and will soon lose his life. He and a young teacher show each other how to face their very different futures with dignity and strength.

Presented by Dominion Entertainment (Jar the Floor, Black Nativity) with a cast led by Simeon Daise, Enoch King, Elisabeth Omilami and Kerwin Thompson.

$30 plus fees. Through Sept. 3. 8 p.m. Aug. 24-25; 11 a.m. Aug. 31; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive in Decatur. Details HERE. Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets HERE. Discount ticket at PoshDealz.com.

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