This week's best bets: Dec. 4

If you’re not into Christmas shows, you’re kind of scrooged right now. But there is much to choose from, for the young, the old, the perverse, families and grownups. If you just can’t go there — and regardless — we suggest “Murder Ballad” (last chance) at Actor’s Express and/or “Morgan Freeman Presents … ” at Dad’s Garage. Cheers!

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This week's best bets: Nov. 20

If we had but one night out this weekend, we’d spend it at “Murder Ballad” (Actor’s Express), at the ASO, “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” (Out of Hand) or the intriguingly titled “Morgan Freeman Presents the Magic Negro and Other Blackness” (Dad’s Garage). How about you?

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This week's best bets: Nov. 13

Topping our list this week: “Murder Ballad,” “Murder Ballad,” “Murder Ballad.” Plus, the ASO returns (if you can get a ticket) and Dad’s Garage opens the one-man “Morgan Freeman Presents …,” which looks at how the media represents black men, touching on everything from Dr. Seuss and Uncle Ben, to prison, white flight, Aunt Jemima and Black Jesus. Sounds intriguing, no? And ambitious.

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This week's best bets: Oct. 30

Get your culture on! Our recommendations include the August Wilson bio at True Colors, Out of Hand’s cwazy wabbit show, Theatrical Outfit’s “My Children! My Africa!” and, “beginning” Wednesday, the highly anticipated “Murder Ballad” at Actor’s Express.

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This week's best bets: Oct. 23

This weekend’s your last chance for Aurora’s “Clybourne Park” and “The Doctor, the Devil & My Dad” at 7 Stages and your first look at the Alliance’s “Steel Magnolias.” Don’t-misses include “How I Learned What I Learned” at True Colors and Theatrical Outfit’s “My Children! My Africa”

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Weekend's best bets: Oct. 9

So much good stuff awaits that you could go to the theater for the next 10 days and still not see everything worthwhile. At the top of our list: “Clybourne Park” at Aurora, “Lasso of Truth” at Synchronicity and “How I Learned What I Learned” at True Colors. Coming soon: “Murder Ballad” at Actor’s Express and Atlanta Opera’s season-opening “Madama Butterfly.”

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