THIS WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: April 2

Our top pick again this week is “Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, onstage at Actor’s Express through April 26. Also of note: a world premiere at Fern Theatre by Atlanta playwright Theroun D’Arcy Patterson and Theater Emory’s “Marisol,” featuring a mix of students and Atlanta pros (Danielle Deadwyler, Veronika Duerr, Brandon Connor Partrick), directed by David Crowe.

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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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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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ALL'S WELL THAT ZENS WELL

Atlanta Renaissance man Phillip DePoy — actor, playwright, director, musician, composer, novelist and college professor — has written a new book. In “The Tao and the Bard: A Conversation,” he moderates an imaginary, quote-driven discussion between William Shakespeare and the author of the “Tao Te Ching.”

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