What to do? What to see? Our top recommendations this week include “Fetch Clay, Make Man” at True Colors Theatre Company. Pictured (from left) Brad Raymond as movie comedian Stepin Fetchit and Brian Kurlander as Hollywood producer William Fox. Photo by Josh Lamkin.


Carolyn Cook as Vivienne Avery. Photo: Christopher Bartelski

Blackberry Winter. THROUGH NOV. 22. Years of success and meticulous planning have not prepared Vivienne Avery for her mother’s dementia. This National New Play Network rolling world premiere by onetime Atlantan Steve Yockey is at Actor’s Express. Carolyn Cook, who is dealing with her own mother’s dementia, plays Vivienne. A co-production with Out of Hand Theater. In rep with Yockey’s The Thrush & the Woodpecker. $21.60-$30.24 plus fees. Yockey ticket packages available. 8 tonight-Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Nov. 18-21; and 2 p.m. Nov. 22. King Plow Arts Center, 887 West Marietta St. N.W. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com. For more on Yockey, see this ENCORE FEATURE.

fetchFetch Clay, Make Man. THROUGH NOV. 22. In the days leading to one of Muhammad Ali’s most anticipated fights, the heavyweight boxing champ forms an unlikely friendship with out-of-favor Hollywood actor Stepin Fetchit. By Will Power. Eric J. Little directs for True Colors Theatre. Rob Demery is Clay, Brad Raymond is Stepin Fetchit. $20-$50. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road. Details, tickets HERE or at 877.725.8849. For more, see this ENCORE SNAPSHOT with Raymond.


Soldier Songs. THROUGH SUNDAY. Southeastern premiere. Atlanta Opera presents this multimedia event that combines elements of theater, opera, concert music and animation. American composer David T. Little adapted interviews with veterans of five wars to create the piece. $44-$72. 8 tonight + Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.413.9849.

Matthew Busch and Stacy Melich as son and mother. Photo: BreeAnne ClowdusThe Thrush & the Woodpecker. CLOSES SUNDAY. Danger and vicious humor collide in this revenge thriller about an estranged mother and son, and the surprise visitor who may blow their world apart. This National New Play Network rolling world premiere by Steve Yockey is at Actor’s Express. Cast: Matthew Busch, Stacy Melich and Kathleen Wattis Kettrey. In repertory with Yockey’s Blackberry Winter. Yockey ticket packages available. $21.60-$33.48 plus fees. 8 tonight and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. King Plow Arts Center, 887 West Marietta St. N.W. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com. For more on Yockey, see this ENCORE FEATURE.

This weekend only

ASO: Verdi’s Requiem. TONIGHT + SATURDAY. Music director Robert Spano is on the podium leading the symphony, the ASO Chorus and soloists Jennifer Cano, Latonia Moore, Anthony Dean Griffey and Nathan Stark in the Verdi masterwork. $25-$104. 8 nightly. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

asyoAtlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. SUNDAY ONLY. The 120 artists of the ASYO give the first of three concerts this season, under the baton of maestro Joseph Young. $10. 3 p.m. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

Now playing

Brothers of Affliction. THROUGH NOV. 22. Rising Sage Theatre ends its three-show 2015 season with a reprise of this drama about three troubled siblings and their secrets. The script is by Atlanta playwright Paris Crayton III. Cast: Anthony Goolsby, Carlus Houston and Kerwin Thompson. $17-$50. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. West End Performing Arts Center, 945 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd. S.W. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.500.7243.

Jennifer Alice Acker and Jonathan Horne as Juliet and Romeo. Photo: Dan Carmody/Studio 7

Romeo & Juliet. THROUGH NOV. 22. Georgia Ensemble Theatre stages Shakespeare for the first time in its 23-year history. Jonathan Horne (The Elephant Man) and Jennifer Alice Acker (Camelot) play the unlucky lovers in a cast that includes Allan Edwards, Steve Hudson, Megan McFarland, Brandon Patrick, Chris Rushing and Kevin Stillwell. Tickets start at $26. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 4 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.641.1260. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com. For more on director Crowe, see this ENCORE SNAPSHOT.

thankskillingThanksKilling the Musical. THROUGH NOV. 28. What happens when you take a terrible movie about five college kids headed home for Thanksgiving who happen to cross paths with a homicidal turkey possessed by an ancient Indian curse and set out to make an even more terrible musical? Find out with this special holiday treat from Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. Easily offended? Don’t attend. $10.50-$22.50. Dad’s Garage at 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.523.3141.

Next week


ASO with guest artist Yevgeny Sudbin. NOV. 19 + 21. The superstar Russian pianist joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Also on the program: Suppe’s Poet and Peasant Overture and Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G Minor. Grammy-nominated Uruguayan conductor Carlos Kalmar is on the podium. $20-$89. 8 nightly. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.



About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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