A humorous celebration of the church kitchen and the women who work there, Church Basement Ladies is a musical comedy, set in 1965, about four ladies who cook meals for a Minnesota parish's functions. As the quartet cooks and interacts, they handle challenges like the funeral of a dear friend, a record-breaking Christmas dinner, a steaming hot July wedding and a Hawaiian Easter fundraiser. From the elderly matriarch to the young bride-to-be learning her way around the kitchen, the four friends share, via their memories, what is was like to grow up Lutheran in the Midwest. You can experience Church Basement Ladies, based on the best-selling book Growing Up Lutheran, at The Legacy Theatre.
The Dixie Swim Club focuses on five vibrant women who have called each other friends since their time spent together on a college swim team 33 years ago. Every year since graduation, they've kept their bond alive by spending a long summer weekend together at the same North Carolina beach cottage, leaving husbands, children and work behind to share in each other's challenges and triumphs. Spotlighting four specific weekends throughout the span of these 33 years, this poignant comedy is a blend of tender moments and raucous repartee that brings the beauty of lifelong friendships onto the stage and into the spotlight of the Sylvia Beard Theatre at the Buford Community Center.
Richard Wright's seminal work Native Son has been part of the cultural landscape for decades, and with this ingenious theatrical adaptation by Nambi E. Kelley, the novel about oppression, freedom and justice bursts with all new life on stage. The tale of Bigger Thomas, whose goals of wanting more out of life -- suffocated as he is by the rat-infested world of poverty and prejudice he finds himself in, living in 1930s Chicago -- are sidetracked when he makes a fateful decision while working for a well-to-do white family. Don't miss this insightful, urgent adaptation from Marietta's New Theatre in the Square.
A Bicycle Country by Cuban playwright Nilo Cruz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Anna in the Tropics, features symbolism and fantasy as three Cuban exiles search for freedom. Set in Havana, the characters look to build a dream in the face of desperate odds. The play charts their harrowing journey across the Caribbean Sea, examining the universal themes of liberty and oppression, hope and survival. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles, watch characters wrestle with some of mankind's darkest issues and come out transformed on the other side at Aurora Theatre - Studio in Lawrenceville.
Two women set out to bake an apple pie. As they sift, roll and stir, Mama shares her recipe for life in the hopes that her daughter Dory will restart her own. The world premiere of Lawrence Thelen's comedy starts with the crust, ends with the ping of a timer and packs a whole lot of emotions and laughs in between. Intimate, poignant and often hilarious, Pie in the Sky will leave you with a warm heart when it comes to the ART Station in Stone Mountain.
Inhabiting a similar Southern neighborhood as Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, this new female-driven comedy centers around four women "of a certain age" who happen to meet at a Savannah-area happy hour. Though they each face their own career and relationship challenges, the quartet -- workaholic Randa, newly single Dot, revenge-filled divorcee Marlafaye and "life coach" Jinx -- become BFFs, meeting up once a week to drown their sorrows and/or toast their successes. And over the course of six months, they manage to start anew, with a little help from their new friends. The latest comedy from the prolific writing team of Jones-Hope-Wooten (The Dixie Swim Club, Always a Bridesmaid) comes to OnStage Atlanta in Decatur.
What happens when an ordinary cop makes a deadly decision that changes his life forever? Split Second is an all-too-timely drama that unfolds when a respected African-American police officer arrests a white man. The suspect taunts the officer with racist insults until, in the grip of uncontrollable rage, the officer crosses the line. Don't miss this provocative and thought-provoking drama from playwright Dennis McIntyre presented at the Hapeville Performing Arts Center.
Loaded with good, clean fun, bubbling energy and some of the greatest pop hits of the '60s, tells the story of a young woman and her guardian angels who come to teach her about finding true love in, of all places, a laundromat. The show is loaded with that tuneful decade's greatest hits, including "Respect," "You Can't Hurry Love," "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" and "Chapel of Love." Dance your way down to Fairburn's Southside Theatre Guild for a sudsy good time at Suds: The Rocking 60s Musical Soap Opera.
When a 20-year drought leads to a government ban on private toilets, a greedy company profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs -- until a hero rises up against the system. Urinetown is a satirical, original and surprisingly clean tale of corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. The show's irreverent score gives a nod to musicals from Broadway to Brecht and Weill, and playfully parodies shows like Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables and West Side Story. The winner of three Tonys and two Obie Awards during its original Broadway run, Urinetown can now be enjoyed at ACT3 Productions in Sandy Springs.