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Actor’s Express Announces 25th Anniversary Season; Next Stage Gets a New Stage

For a snapshot of the breadth and depth of the Atlanta theater community, one could hardly do better than a pair of upcoming season announcements by two very different theater companies over the past month.

Actor’s Express, known for its dedication to boundary-pushing works, announced a 25th anniversary lineup of big-name controversial dramas and other productions, signaling that the company, which was forced to reach out to the local community for …more…

Onstage Atlanta Sows ‘Doubt: A Parable’

There’s no doubt about it: Onstage Atlanta, the area’s premier semi-professional theater company, chose an opportune moment to stage John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt: A Parable. President Barack Obama’s recent statement in support of the concept of gay marriage (following the passage of an amendment in North Carolina defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman) has again raised the thorny issue of how we regard the gay …more…

Georgia Shakespeare Returns with “Shakespeare in the Park”

Image courtesy of www.gashakepeare.org

On May 9, Georgia Shakespeare launches its 27th season with an open-air production of William Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest. That opening should have a special poignancy for the staff of one of Atlanta’s premier theatre companies; it wasn’t so long ago that Georgia Shakespeare was enduring a tempest of its own, and faced the sobering prospect that it might already have taken its final bow. …more…

High School Talents Honored at the 4th Annual Shuler Hensley Awards

Shuler Hensley as Jud Fry in Oklahoma!

It’s easy to give in to a sense of gloom and doom, or at least a lingering unease, about the health of live theater these days, especially with Atlanta-area companies facing ever harsher economic realities. The circumstances behind the recent shuttering of Theatre in the Square, after all, were hardly unique to that long-running Marietta playhouse. In the face of such uncertainty, the …more…

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County at the Alliance Theatre

With a pedigree that includes novelist Stephen King (playwright), rocker John Mellencamp (music), Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning producer T-Bone Burnett (musical director) and director Susan V. Booth, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is one of the most anticipated local productions in recent memory. The musical, which features original music by Mellencamp and a bluesy, roots-tinged score, is also one of the longest-awaited productions in the history of the Tony …more…

Final Curtain for Theatre in the Square

Last month, this blog reported that Theatre in the Square, the acclaimed Marietta playhouse, was in dire financial straits and in danger of closing its doors. ...more...

Theatre in the Square May Soon Close Its Doors

Theatre in the Square, an Atlanta theater mainstay currently entering the home stretch of its 30th season, may not last to observe a 31st. The Marietta playhouse, whose managing director Raye Varney recently resigned in an effort to stave off financial hardship, has announced that it needs to raise $60,000 by March 16. The theater’s full board will meet on that date to assess its situation, and decide whether to close its doors for good if that goal isn’t met. ...more...

‘Ruth and the Green Book’ at the Center for Puppetry Arts

Photo by Clay Walker, Courtesy The Center for Puppetry Arts

Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts is well-known as the nation’s foremost museum and educational resource focused on the art of puppetry. But audiences outside of Georgia probably aren’t as acquainted with its theatrical aspect, featuring works aimed at grade-schoolers, teens and adults, from an upcoming adaptation of Peter Pan to the Center’s signature Xperimental Puppetry Theater, a decidedly family-unfriendly showcase …more…

‘God of Carnage’ at the Alliance Theatre

Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage is having a moment. On the heels of its Tony Award-winning 2009 run on Broadway, the play has been popping up in stagings across the country, and Roman Polanski’s film adaptation, starring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz, is still screening in multiplexes.

And now the dark comedy, translated from the French by Christopher Hampton, arrives in Atlanta for a run at …more…