back, everyone! With the new year in full swing, it’s time to start working on
those resolutions. Two intriguing ones that continually pop up in conversation
are “I want more culture.” and “I want to contribute to my community.”
Admirable, indeed - and I have just the thing to help! Below you’ll find a list
of can’t-miss independent productions from my favorite community playhouses.
Grab a seat as Atlanta’s theatres raise the curtain, erm ... bar, for 2012.
New American Shakespeare Tavern
one of the world’s most-loved romantic comedies in a whole new way. The New
American Shakespeare Tavern is home to the Atlanta Shakespeare Company - a cast of
brilliant, witty prop comics and award-winning actors (who also happen to the
nation's only theatre company to have performed each of Shakespeare's 39 plays)
- offers full-length plays and decadent, English-inspired cuisine. This month,
giggle at the merry mishaps and ages-old stereotypes in the laughable love
story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
God of Carnage
award-winning play that exploits the mirth in misery, this is the prefect cure for that mid-winter, cabin
fever. Hilarious and heartfelt, this “no holds barred” glimpse into the
intricacies of life, love and the problems with everyone else. Laugh, point fingers and perhaps be a bit humbled as God of Carnage exploits those
menial things that can push each of us over the edge of reason.
January 13–February 26
popular demand, this award-winning show is packed with provocative puppets and
sing-along songs. Join Princeton as he tries to make his way in the real world
with not much more than wit and pocket lint. With the occasional full-puppet
nudity and internet porn, Avenue Q is firmly in the
PG-13 category. Hilariously irreverent and guaranteed to have you humming
along, this show is sure to shake those winter blues!
production company to keep an eye on is Fabrefaction
Theatre. Tucked alongside some of the Westside’s best
restaurants, this little playhouse is making huge strides for kids and the
community. A registered non-profit, Fabrefaction is dedicated to helping underprivileged
children express themselves through performance art. They’ve created “a space
in Atlanta where young theatre artists have the opportunity to discover their
identity as a performer ... [and] can continue to cultivate their craft and
expand their knowledge of the theatre.” In addition to performing classic and
contemporary hits, they offer FTC Outreach - programs tailored for all ages
which are brought to local schools, hospitals and community events. Mark your
calendars for Tartuffe,
showing March 14-25.