CREATIVE COLLISION

“I thought it was the most far-fetched thing you can imagine,” director Michael Mayer says of ‘American Idiot,’ the Green Day musical. “Why is this punk band going to be interested in musical theater?” The show plays the Fox Theatre through May 4.

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This weekend's best bets: April 24

“Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Thru Life” at the Alliance is a sure thing, but we dare you to also take an adventure this weekend. Check out “Mariela in the Desert” (Aurora Theatre), “Letters to Sala” (Stage Door Players & Company J) or “Topdog/Underdog” (the newish Song of Karibu company). Yup, we double dog dare you.

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This weekend's best bets: April 17

Last call for Out of Hand’s “Blackberry Winter” (this go-round) and Theatrical Outfit’s much-praised “Dividing the Estate.” Maurice Hines keeps on tappin’ at the Alliance, meanwhile, with the timely, truth-based “Letters to Sala” and the Atlanta Opera’s “The Barber of Seville” coming up.

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