ACTOR'S EXPRESS' 2015-16 SEASON …

If you haven’t visited the West Midtown company recently, you might want to check back in. Artistic director Freddie Ashley & Co. are putting together seasons that are original, daring and different with purpose, and as good as almost anything onstage in Atlanta.

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THIS WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: March 26

Our top pick: “Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet” by the prodigiously talented Tarell Alvin McCraney, opening at Actor’s Express. Also new this weekend: “The Explorer’s Club” at Aurora, “Grand Concourse” at Horizon and Serenbe’s “Man of La Mancha.”

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THIS WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: March 19

Our top pick is the world premiere of Atlanta Ballet’s “Camino Real” — four performances only — at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. It’s created by Atlanta Ballet resident choreographer Helen Pickett and based on the Tennessee Williams’ play from 1953. Also: Check out what’s happening at Synchronicity, Aris and Ballethnic Dance Company.

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SNAKES ALIVE!

For Atlanta playwright DePoy, the arrival of “Edward Foote” on the Alliance Theatre stage marks the end of a journey that took root in 1969 — during a student research trip where he witnessed a Pentecostal service with snake handling, people talking in tongues and screaming.

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INDESCRIBABLY BLUE

“I can’t help it,” says Blue Man musician Jesse Nolan. “I feel bad for audience members who see just one show because I’m the one who gets so much spontaneous joy night after night after night.”

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