Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review: Flight of Swallows offers a truly novel, improvisational performance experience by Gresham Cash

Gresham Cash offers a review of the troupe's recent performance at 7 Stages.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: Aurora’s “Bridges of Madison County” revival has its misses, but lots of tender hits by Jim Farmer

First it was a 1992 book by (the late) Robert James Waller, then a 1995 Clint Eastwood-helmed film starring Eastwood and Meryl Streep. The latest incarnation of the romantic The Bridges of M…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

News: The Alliance Theatre announces itinerary for its “on the road” 2017–18 season by Scott Freeman

As its performance spaces undergo a $22 million overhaul over the next year, the Alliance Theatre has announced its “take it on the road” schedule for the 2017–18 season, which inc…

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Review: The Alliance’s moving “Temple Bombing” shows the present is shaped by a cruel past by Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer

ArtsATL critics Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer recently saw the Alliance Theatre’s riveting world premiere drama The Temple Bombing. They share their thoughts on the production, running t…

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review: True Colors’ “Exit Strategy” is sound and solid, but yearns for a deeper commitment by Kelundra Smith

The teacher’s lounge is traditionally a place that operates under the Vegas rule, but in Ike Holter’s play Exit Strategy, at True Colors Theatre through March 19, he takes the audience i…

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Kathy & Ken Bernhardt, the 2017 Luminary Awards Amaranth Award Winners by Gail O'Neill

Ken and Kathy Bernhardt have been named the inaugural recipients of ArtsATL’s Amaranth Award for Philanthropic Legacy. One of four multidisciplinary prizes -- including the Beacon Award fo…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Art at the office: how Atlanta’s theater companies are transforming the workforce by Gail O'Neill

Madison Cario, Georgia Tech’s Office of the Arts director, was walking across campus in the Spring of 2015 when she passed a career fair in progress. After noticing how uncomfortable the s…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

News: Georgia House passes bill that would give Alliance Theatre makeover a sales tax break by Artsatl Staff

Legislation was passed in the Georgia House of Representatives yesterday that would exempt the Woodruff Arts Center from state and local sales tax on up to $750,000 spent on construction o…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Preview: Improv star Colin Mochrie talks Dad’s Garage, Atlanta BBQ and keys to success by Jim Farmer

He never set out to be a comic, much less a household name, but Colin Mochrie has become one of the most recognizable funnymen around, known for his spontaneous moments of genius on the long…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

What to see and do this week, February 23–March 1 by Andrew Alexander

George Saunders, the annual Art Papers Auction and "Life Interrupted" are just a few of the highlights.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Review: Synchronicity’s “The One and Only Ivan” a requiem for Atlanta’s fierce, beloved gorilla by Andrew Alexander

A beloved Atlanta celebrity gets his due in Synchronicity Theatre’s charming children’s production of The One and Only Ivan running through February 21. Ivan the Gorilla lived at the Atl…

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Review: Alliance’s poignant “Too Heavy For Your Pocket” delivers a story for then . . . and for now by Kelundra Smith

During the summer of 1961, a few months after the Supreme Court ruled that segregation on public transportation violated the Constitution, hundreds of young men and women, both Black and whi…

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Improvisor, husband and filmmaker Jamie Hawkins-Gaar leaves legacy of love and humor by Artsatl Staff

Beloved improv comedian, filmmaker, devoted husband and Georgia-native Jamie Hawkins-Gaar passed away last Saturday in Safety Harbor, Florida. The 32-year-old was running a half-marathon whe…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Preview: Playwright Georgina Escobar breaks down her feminist fantasia “Sweep” by Kelundra Smith

On January 21, people watched awe struck by women marching all across the world. On every continent, they marched for reproductive rights, to end genital mutilation, stand against domestic a…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Preview: Jeff Becker explores post-Katrina New Orleans in “Sea of Common Catastrophe” by Andrew Alexander

Beyond their both being Southern cities, Atlanta and New Orleans often don’t seem to have a lot in common, but theater artist Jeff Becker points out that both cities have been subject to t…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Review: “Constellations” shines bright in places, but ultimately gets lost in its gimmick by Jim Farmer

Cramming more into its tiny frame than most plays ever dream of, Nick Payne’s Constellations is a heady show that explores parallel universes and themes such as choice and chance. It’s u…

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Review: Alliance Theatre’s premiere “Troubadour” hooks with the sweetness of the songs by Andrew Alexander

An old showbiz cliché has it that a musical’s success can be gauged on whether or not the audience is humming the tunes in the aisles after the curtain falls. A review can’t just end th…

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Review: “U Up?” at Dad’s Garage shows the pitfalls and magic of romantic entanglements by Andrew Alexander

Comedians Mark Kendall and Alison Hastings satirize the search for love, sex and connection in the digital, social-media-driven world in their new show U Up? at Dad’s Garage, running t…

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Review: “The Crucible” at Actor’s Express is a timely, well-staged version of the Miller classic by Andrew Alexander

You couldn’t call it good luck exactly, but there’s a certain degree of fortuitous synchronicity to the timing of the Actor’s Express’ production of Arthur Miller’s harrowing 1953…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Preview: The Alliance’s “Troubadour” takes a Sugarland Express to classic 1950s Nashville by Jim Farmer

As she was working on her new show Troubadour, Janece Shaffer estimated she had room for around four songs in the piece. Yet once the playwright convinced Kristian Bush to come aboard to wri…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Preview: Aurora Theatre’s “The Mountaintop,” imagines Dr. King’s final hours in Memphis by Kelundra Smith

“Make a career of humanity, commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and finer world to live in.…

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Review: Topher Payne’s uneven but warmly engaging “Greetings” lets loose his comedic chops by Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer

ArtsATL critics Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer saw Atlanta playwright Topher Payne’s new comedy Greetings Friend Your Kind Assistance is Required (running through January 22) on its openi…

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

VIDEO: Go With What You’re Given, Improv on the Spectrum by Bartram Nason

Since 2009, Autism Improvised has been assisting both children and adults on the autistic spectrum learn important live skills through improv. The organization's passion is rooted close to h…

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Review: Denzel Washington turns “Fences” into a rich feast of simmering hope and lost dreams by Steve Murray

As the teenaged Cory (Jovan Adepo) tries to walk around his father on the porch steps, he says, “You’re in my way -- I gotta get by.” It’s an on-the-nose description of generations o…

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Monday, December 26, 2016

The Year in Review: Atlanta theater had an often strong, often inconsistent 2016 by Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer

It was a memorable, though slightly down, year for Atlanta theater. ArtsATL theater critics Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer sat down recently to take a look back at some of the highs and low…

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Review: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” offers a charming non-holiday alternative for kids by Andrew Alexander

The town of Stillwater is about as pleasant and ordinary as a place can be. It’s the source of both satisfaction and more than a little wanderlust for Mr. Popper, the hero of Richard and F…

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Breaking news: the NEA earmarks $305,000 in grants to Georgia nonprofit arts groups by Artsatl Staff

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced $30 million of recommended grants in 2017, including 16 grants for Georgia non-profit arts groups totaling $305,000.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

News: Emory’s William Ransom named one of Musical America’s 30 Innovators in classical music by Scott Freeman

William Ransom, artistic director of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, has been selected this year as one of Musical America’s 30 Professionals of the Year: The Innovators. Ranso…

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A meditation on Shakespeare’s First Folio in its final weekend on display at the Carlos Museum by Andrew Alexander

“To be or not to be…” Shakespeare’s most quoted line -- probably the most famous arrangement of words in the English language--can currently be read in one of its earliest printed in…

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Review: Bright direction, strong cast carry the weight in a sometimes problematic “Big Fish” by Jim Farmer

Amidst the sugary sweet procession of Nutcrackers, Christmas Carols and other holiday fare parading around the city this time of year, Theatrical Outfit is at least offering up something nov…

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Photographer BreeAnne Clowdus uses her art to capture the person behind the facade by Gail O'Neill

Though the name BreeAnne Clowdus might not ring a bell among theatre-goers in Atlanta, chances are they’d recognize her publicity stills and posters for productions like Assassins, Clybour…

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