Atlanta's award-winning Center for Puppetry Arts creates a colorful -- and educational -- comic book-style adventure with their latest live production, starring a superhero called Mighty Bug. With super strength, senses, and flying ability, Mighty Bug has managed to keep the hopping town of Bugville and its singing star Morpha Butterfly safe from harm, until the villainous Scorpiana swoops in for a sting. Aimed at kids ages four and older, the hour-long show combines shadow and body puppets with digital and overhead projections to tell an engaging and visually exciting story that teaches a little science too.
In this classic Agatha Christie whodunit, And Then There Were None, ten people who have never met each other before are lured by a cryptic invitation to a deserted island and left stranded there. Ten little soldier statues sit on the mantelpiece, with a nursery rhyme that describes how each of the ten soldiers dies, "until there were none." A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder -- and then one of them drops dead. One down, nine to go. Can the other "soldiers" discover the identity of the murderer before they all fall prey to the trap? Find out at ACT3 Productions in Sandy Springs.
Newlyweds Paul and Corie are beginning their new life together in a tiny Manhattan walk-up. They couldn't be more different -- he's a straight-laced lawyer, and she's a free spirit who's always looking for the latest adventure. Paul doesn't understand Corie's relaxed ways, and she'd like him to be just a bit more spontaneous. Even something as simple as running "barefoot in the park" would be a start. Throw in a New York brownstone in constant disrepair, an eccentric neighbor, and a surprise visit from Corie's mother, and watching the ups and downs of married life has never been so enjoyable. Catch this Tony-nominated comedy, filled with Neil Simon's trademark witty repartee and hilarious characters, via Gypsy Theatre Company at Sylvia Beard Theatre in Atlanta.
A group of teachers launch a last-minute battle to save their Chicago public high school in the piercing drama Exit Strategy. Over the course of the academic year, the teachers put their careers, their future and even their safety in the hands of a fast-talking administrator who comes on strong -- but might actually have no clue what he's doing. Exit Strategy is about the teachers, administration and students, their struggles and their lives in a very tough situation. See Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company's production at Atlanta's Southwest Arts Center, and find out why The Chicago Tribune called Exit Strategy "poetic, political, sad, funny, timely, complex [and] compassionate."
In celebration of Black History Month, the Georgia Ensemble Theatre performs this stage play based on a fascinating true story. Sadie and Bessie Delany have seen it all in the more than 100 years of their lives. These African-American sisters were born in the years after the Civil War to a former slave and his wife. As they cook a dinner in remembrance of their father's birthday, they talk about their incredible journey through life. The play chronicles U.S. history through the eyes of these two great women as they look not only at the past, but also into the 21st century. This production of Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center stars Donna Biscoe and Brenda Porter.
On December 4, 1956, a twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley to Memphis' Sun Records. The rock 'n' roll musical Million Dollar Quartet was inspired by this legendary recording session -- the first and only collaboration between these true iconoclasts, each of whom had an undeniable influence on American music. This thrilling production takes you inside the studio with the four major talents who came together as a red-hot band for one unforgettable night, and features such enduring hits as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Great Balls of Fire" and "Hound Dog." A hit on Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet was nominated for 2010 Tony and Drama Desk Awards and now comes to the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Civic Center in Marietta.
Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, will come to a city near you as part of a brand new North American Tour. Hailed by critics as "bigger and better than ever before," this production boasts many exciting special effects including the show's legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography. The beloved story and thrilling score will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour. Don't miss The Phantom of the Opera at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
"Now is the winter of our discontent" -- so begins Shakespeare's timeless tragedy Richard III. In the Bard's masterpiece, one of literature's most memorable villains, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, uses charm, cunning and wit to move up the political ladder -- without hesitating to murder those who stand in his way. Catch the talented performers from Oglethorpe University when they bring the outrageous rise and reign of Richard III to life on the stage of the Conant Performing Arts Center in Atlanta.
Sweepers Luna and Siri are hit-women who travel the multiverse, armed with deadly broomsticks bound to sweep mistakes into oblivion. But when they fail to clean up Adam and Eve's whole apple situation, they find themselves on a cosmic journey through time. Filled with Dragon Con sensibilities, sci-fi feminism and hyper-realistic comedy, playwright Georgina Escobar's new production is rife with the humor and adventure of a great graphic novel. The world premiere of Sweep beams onto the Studio stage at Lawrenceville's Aurora Theatre.
The explosion that ripped through the wall of The Temple, Atlanta's oldest synagogue, in October of 1958, shook the city -- and the country -- to its very core, revealing yet another important battlefront in the war for civil rights while creating a precarious path for change. Inspired by real events and Melissa Fay Greene's multi-award-winning book, The Temple Bombing shines a light on the courage of Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, a friend and colleague of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who spoke out against segregation, despite the well-founded fears of his Southern Jewish congregation that they would face violent reprisal. But in the wake of the attack and the resulting national outrage, Atlanta leaders resolved to find and bring the bombers to justice, pulling the city closer together. This world-premiere play celebrates The Temple's 150th anniversary as it explores this important, though little-known chapter in Atlanta history.