Musicals, premieres top Aurora's big year

The mainstage lineup for the Lawrenceville theater’s 20th anniversary season includes the musicals “Memphis” and “Into the Woods,” the contemporary comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” Margaret Edson’s “Wit” and a world premiere from Atlanta playwrights Topher Payne, Suehyla El-Attar and Johnny Drago.

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11 vie for playwriting honor

When Atlanta’s professional theater artists honor their own at Monday night’s Suzi Bass awards, 11 playwrights will be recognized for new work, with one earning the coveted Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award. Many of the nominees have had work produced around the country.

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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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Weekend's best bets: Oct. 2

Take your pick, or two, or three. You can’t go wrong with “Detroit” at Horizon Theatre, “Driving Miss Daisy” or “Clybourne Park” at Aurora, “Lasso of Truth” at Synchronicity, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” at Actor’s Express, “Native Guard” at the Alliance or Out of Hand’s “White Rabbit Red Rabbit,” wherever you find it. Happy play-going!

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