CIRCLE OF LIFE

Although “The Lion King” has been on the road since 2002, it’s one of the most complicated ever to take on a national tour. The North American company travels in 18 trucks; 14 are tractor-trailers that haul duplicates of everything: sets, lighting, puppets, etc.

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This weekend's best bets: March 27

Topping our list are “1001 Nights” at the Center for Puppetry Arts, “Maple and Vine” at Actor’s Express, the ASO’s tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, “Samantha Brown” at Aurora Theatre and the opening of Rising Sage’s season with the Paris Crayton III-penned “The Best Game.” Let’s go see a show!

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This weekend's best bets: March 20

Opening this weekend: Susan Shalhoub-Larkin and son Tony Larkin in “Miracle on South Division Street” at Stage Door Players and “Maple and Vine” at Actor’s Express. Last call for “Red Badge of Courage” (7 Stages). This weekend only: Atlanta Ballet’s “Modern Choreographic Voices.”

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