else but Atlanta can you find the complete works of Shakespeare, traditional
English treats and one adorable dog? The New American Shakespeare Tavern offers belly laughs
and full bellies every Thursday through Sunday.
Two Gentlemen of Verona
New American Shakespeare Tavern
Through August 14
(Additional shows: September 15, 18, 24 and
authentic-inspired English dishes in an intimate dinner theatre, the New
American Shakespeare Tavern is a one-stop shop for the best
of Atlanta's eclectic culture and cuisines. More prop comedy than traditional
theatre, the plays take place on a stark stage, jutting among the audience.
There's no scenery, but the "backdrop", built directly into the anterior of the dining
hall, is a multi-level facade which mimics the interior of a feudal England
castle. From these three tiers, the exquisitely clad, brilliant and hilarious
cast engage the audience for a unique theatrical experience. (And the ale ain't
half bad either!)
of English eats and treats, the made in-house menus change
with ever other production. Through October 2, you can enjoy sumptuous bites as
well as favorite staples. My top picks from this menu: Ratatouille with Crispy Polenta Triangles (summery stew of
eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes with herb-sprinkled baked polenta) and the
creamy basil-laden Rainy Day Tomato Soup.
The soup is accompanied by a slice of decadent zucchini bread, which pairs
perfectly with a Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout. An intermission tradition, be
sure to save room for the Apple Crisp a
la Mode - this legendary tart is a guaranteed contender for your grandma's
apple pie! The wine and beer (ale) lists are
impressive, offering numerous varietals and an array of microbrews. (Oh, and
just f.y.i. - all the pints are half-off each Friday.)
the nation's only theatre company to have performed each of Shakespeare's 39
plays, the New
American Shakespeare Tavern is ready to have a laugh.
Starting this month, the resident actors (billed as the Atlanta Shakespeare Company) are doing
it once more, and from the beginning this time! Dubbed the "Shakespeare Evolution Series",
the players will first perform The Comedies, including the rarely produced Two Gentlemen of Verona. Working through
the 39-play Cannon from the first play to the last, the ASC hopes to help
audiences "trace the development of [the Bard's] dramatic craft."
Admission is $12 - $38 per person. (You can
also purchase preview seats the first two days of each production. Preview Thursday seats are $12 and Preview Friday seats are just $15.) Purchase tickets online
or at the door.