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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Will two Atlanta productions take home Tony Awards this year? by Jim Farmer

With the 2019 Tony Awards set for June 9, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre... The post Will two Atlanta productions take home Tony Awards this year? appeared first on ARTS ATL.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Ragtime’s themes resonate at Serenbe Playhouse, but it’s a bit too busy by Jim Farmer

Terrence McNally’s body of work over the last six decades is pretty... The post <em>Ragtime</em>’s themes resonate at Serenbe Playhouse, but it’s a bit too busy appeared fi…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Atlanta Opera’s La traviata provides a fresh take on a classic story by Jim Farmer

For a production that is staged with regularity around the world —... The post Atlanta Opera’s <em>La traviata</em> provides a fresh take on a classic story appeared first on…

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Dear Evan Hansen gives voice to teen angst and bullying in age of the internet by Jim Farmer

Many of us know an Evan Hansen — or perhaps are/were an... The post <em>Dear Evan Hansen</em> gives voice to teen angst and bullying in age of the internet appeared first on AR…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Theater Best Bets, April 18–21 by Jim Farmer

Every week, our editors and guest writers give you their top six... The post Theater Best Bets, April 18–21 appeared first on ARTS ATL.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Actor’s Express produces a Falsettos that still resonates by Jim Farmer

The musical Falsettos has been dusted off and rediscovered, with a New York revival three years ago, a recent national tour and a filmed version that played in select theaters. Actor’s Exp…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Donya Washington produces her childhood dreams by Jim Farmer

Donya K. Washington was “that kid” — the kind who staged productions in her living room, invited her neighbors, picked costumes for the cast and even sold tickets. At a talent show whe…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Aurora Theatre’s expansion creates new possibilities for Lawrenceville and Georgia by Jim Farmer

At first, it was just a fantasy. As Anthony Rodriguez, artistic director and cofounder of Aurora Theatre, looked out of his office, he saw empty space and wondered what an expansion would lo…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Jamil Jude illuminates a new era for Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company by Jim Farmer

” When Jamil Jude met Broadway director Kenny Leon a decade ago, he didn’t know that one day he would take over the Atlanta-based company Leon had founded. In August of this year…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Review: Alliance Theatre’s Ever After features stunning design, but the romance falls flat by Jim Farmer

Danielle de Barbarac, the central figure of the musical Ever After, isn’t the typical fairy tale heroine. She isn’t looking for a man to sweep her off of her feet or rescue her — f…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Review: “The Color Purple” reaches full flower in terrific Actor’s Express musical by Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer

The musical The Color Purple, based on Alice Walker’s novel, had its world premiere back at the Alliance Theatre in 2004 and hit Broadway a year later. After a recent reworking and reviva…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review: Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s skillful spin turns “Tarzan” into engaging guilty pleasure by Jim Farmer

Clad in a loin cloth and swinging carefree through the jungle, Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan character has been a staple of all sorts of pop culture — books, films, television special…

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Review: “110 in the Shade” has good musical moments, but struggles to find its footing by Jim Farmer

It’s the Fourth of July in a small Texas town, circa 1936, and the locals are longing for some rain and relief from the blistering heat that has encompassed the area. When a mystery man sh…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

“Sordid Lives” author Del Shores brings “Six Characters” to Atlanta in one-man show by Jim Farmer

His work tends to resonate everywhere it plays, but Atlanta is especially receptive to the characters brought to life by Del Shores. The playwright, best known for stage, film and television…

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Essay: Can’t we please just put away our cell phones and enjoy the show? by Jim Farmer

It’s happened — I imagine — to almost everyone who attends theater, film or other kinds of arts events on a regular basis. A patron nearby brings out a cell phone, starts texti…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Remembrance: Actress Valerie Payton brought her kindness and joy to every stage by Jim Farmer

She was known for her hugs, her warmth and her charisma, as well as her musical prowess and onstage presence. Valerie Denise Payton, a popular local actress and musician, passed away unexpec…

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The Shuler Awards return for 10th year of celebrating high school musical theater by Jim Farmer

For many of the students participating in this year’s Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, it will be their first time performing at such a prominent event. Some of them also hope t…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kenny Leon squeezes a new Broadway hit into his schedule before coming home by Jim Farmer

Downtime has never really been part of Kenny Leon’s DNA. He finishes one project and darts off to start another, crisscrossing the country at will, effortlessly making the segue from theat…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Review: “Out of Darkness” is a brilliant, haunting watershed for the Atlanta Opera by Scott Freeman and Jim Farmer

The bold Atlanta Opera world premiere of Out of Darkness: Two Remain debuted Thursday. The story of two Holocaust survivors — one Jewish and one gay — is told with powerful theat…

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Review: Horizon’s “Freaky Friday” hits the high notes but doesn’t quite pull together by Jim Farmer

In the 70s it was Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster, in the 90s (on TV) it was Shelley Long and Gaby Hoffmann and in 2003 it was Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan. Now a Freaky Friday for a n…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review: The winner takes it all in Aurora’s fun-packed version of “Mamma Mia!” by Jim Farmer

It may not be profound, but it’s hard to think of a production as eager to please as the jukebox musical Mamma Mia! Based on the hits of ABBA — with a book by Catherine Johnson and m…

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Actress extraordinaire Carolyn Cook forges her own unique path in Atlanta theater by Jim Farmer

One day she’s onstage portraying Joan of Arc, then another she has morphed into a Shakespearean character. Sometimes she even tackles multiple roles in the same show such as in Horizon The…

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Review: Topher Payne’s brilliant, farcical “Perfect Arrangement” is sadly relevant by Jim Farmer

At a time when discrimination and witch hunts are increasingly becoming the norm again, Theatrical Outfit’s new Perfect Arrangement feels like a lot more than just snappy entertainment …

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: Alliance’s “The Jungle Book” is ambitious, but misses a real sense of wonder by Jim Farmer

Given its rich source material and the Alliance Theatre’s ability to create stage work that can often appeal to both adults and younger audiences, the company’s new version of The Jungle…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Review: Stage Door hits its stride in a solid revival of William Inge’s classic “Picnic”  by Jim Farmer

His plays aren’t produced with much regularity these days, but novelist and playwright William Inge left behind a tremendous body of work, including Come Back, Little Sheba, Bus Stop (my p…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Review: Often transcendent, second half of “Angels in America” firmly hits its mark by Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer

ArtsATL theater critics Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer got together recently to discuss thoughts on Part Two of the new Actor’s Express production of Angels in America. Here are their tak…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Review: Aurora’s “Maytag Virgin” charms with its strong characters and sense of place by Jim Farmer

Sweet without being suffocating and smarter and more charming than it sounds on paper, the play Maytag Virgin proves to be a splendid vehicle for its two-person cast. Running through Februar…

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Review: Part one of “Angels in America” jumps off to a strong, though uneven, start by Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer

Kicking off the 2018 theater year with a bang is the Actor’s Express’ production of Tony Kushner’s much lauded Angels in America, which took home virtually every award (a Tony and a Pu…

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Year in Review: 2017 was for playwrights to shine . . . and Serenbe’s “Cabaret,” old chum by Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer

This was a busy year of theater, with world premieres popping up in every corner and local companies flexing their creative muscles. ArtsATL critics Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer saw most …

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Review: Lauren Gunderson’s “Miss Bennet” offers smart and witty take on Jane Austen by Jim Farmer

That former Atlantan Lauren Gunderson has become the most produced playwright in the country is no fluke or accident. Her work is smart and accessible, with female characters who refuse to f…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Review: Sychronicity’s “Heidi” offers a fun and nostalgia-filled holiday trip to the Alps  by Jim Farmer

One of the most popular and beloved books of all time — Johanna Spyri’s Heidi — has been the basis for countless television and film adaptations, but a stage version doesn’t …

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