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Passion, power collide in steamy ‘Liaisons’ at Actor’s Express


AE-lesTwo rivals and ex-lovers play a dangerous game of sexual conquest in pre-revolutionary France in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, based on a scandalous 1782 novel and later adapted for Broadway and as an Oscar-winning movie. This slow burn of carnal scheming leaves damaged, innocent hearts in its wake. The high drama opens the season at Actor’s Express, which had, arguably, one of its best seasons ever last year. Melissa Foulger (Pluto, Wolves) directs a nine-person cast that includes Park Krausen (Théâtre du Rêve), Edward McCreary (Serenbe’s recent Oklahoma!) and AE favorite Kathleen Wattis (Pluto).

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Encore Life

Meet Mammy before ‘GWTW’

“Gone With the Wind” and other Civil War topics dominate the Atlanta History Center’s fall lecture and author series, which also touches on Jewish life in America, the U.S.-Mexican border culture and American politics from Lyndon B. Johnson to Ronald Reagan. The series begins Sept. 2.

Enter Garden’s scarecrow design contest by Aug. 22

Atlanta Botanical Garden’s “Scarecrows in the Gardens” design contest is open for registration now through Aug. 22. Unleash your creative side.

When Asheville eats, it sees green

What makes Asheville’s food scene different from, say, Atlanta’s or Charleston’s, is the number of spots that have been certified by the Green Restaurant Association.

Summoning the Past

In Atlanta’s new National Center for Civil & Human Right, the civil rights movement of 50 years ago is linked to a broad human rights struggle today.

Foodie alert! Taste of Atlanta returns Oct. 24-26

Tickets go on sale July 11 for Atlanta’s annual food-and-drink extravaganza.

All eyes on ‘The Four Seasons’ in the Garden

Ever feel as if somebody’s watching you? When you visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden now through October, you might get that prickly feeling from “The Four Seasons” by artist, screenwriter and filmmaker Philip Haas.

Atlanta History Center camps it up this summer

Art, history and writing camps for kids, plus a Civil War encampment marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Peachtree Creek art all part of a jam-packed summer lineup at the Atlanta History Center and Margaret Mitchell House.

ArtsScene Blog

Weekend’s best bets: Sept. 11

So much to choose from! Among our recommendations: “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” at Actor’s Express and several one-of-a-kind experiences, including “Cloth” with gloATL and Robert Spano; and Out of Hand’s “White Rabbit Red Rabbit,” described thusly — no rehearsals, no director, no set, with a new actor performing the solo show each night.

Actor’s Express, Alliance lead 2014 Suzi nominations

A total of 17 metro companies are nominated for at least one of Atlanta theater’s top awards. Winners will be announced Nov. 3 at a ceremony/party. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Slip inside Synchronicity’s new season, space with us (video)

It took 17 seasons, but Atlanta’s smart, gutsy, bold Synchronicity Theatre finally has a permanent home. The Peachtree Street space opens Sept. 26 with “Lasso of Truth,” the sassy, sexy Wonder Woman origin story. Join us online at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 10) for a chat with Rachel May, Synchronicity’s co-founder and producing artistic director.

Georgia Shakespeare faces uncertain future

The problem is cash flow. Earlier efforts to stabilize the company did reduce debt significantly and strengthen the business model, but Georgia Shakespeare needs money to produce its art and ensure a future.

Step up to the plate with us, ‘Bull Durham’ (video)

Join us on Google chat at 10:30 a.m. Friday on how the world premiere musical “Bull Durham” landed at the Alliance Theatre.

Weekend’s best bets: Sept. 4

The fall theater season picks up momentum this week with the opening of “Bull Durham” at the Alliance and “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” at Actor’s Express. Plus, this is your last chance to see “The Savannah Disputation,” directed by Tess Malis Kincaid, at Theatrical Outfit.

Georgia film biz worth $5.1 billion

If you think you’ve been dodging more film crews lately, it’s not your imagination. Movies and TV shows filmed in Georgia are bringing billions to the Georgia economy.

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