What to see? What to do? Go inside, good people — for the ASO’s Shaw celebration; the family-friendly “Fancy Nancy” (Synchronicity); Lauren Gunderson’s “The Revolutionists” (7 Stages); and “Into the Woods” — if you can get a ticket — opening at Aurora. Pictured: Park Krausen (left) as Marie Antoinette and Parris Sarter in “The Revolutionists.” Photo: Stungun Photography.



ASO: A Shaw Choral Celebration. TONIGHT + SATURDAY. Celebrate the 100th birthday and incomparable legacy of longtime Atlanta Symphony leader and choral genius Robert Shaw. Norman Mackenzie, Shaw’s successor as director of choruses, leads the symphony, chamber chorus and full chorus in a program comprising Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Brahms’ Nänie, Mendelssohn’s Heilig and Elijah, Verdi’s Stabat Mater, Poulenc’s Gloria, Durufle’s Requiem and Bach’s Mass in B Minor. $25-$84. 8 nightly. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.

Fancy Nancy the Musical. THROUGH MARCH 19. Based on the uber-popular book series. Nancy and best friend Bree can’t wait to be mermaids in the school ballet, but when Nancy is cast as tree, she wonders if she can bring her fanciness to such a small role. $15-$30. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1 + 4 p.m. Saturday; 2 + 5 p.m. Sunday. Student matinees at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday (call ahead to verify performance). Synchronicity Theatre, 1545 Peachtree St. N.E. (in the Peachtree Pointe building). Details, tickets HERE or at 404.484.8636. (Pictured, from left: Caitlin Thomas White as Mother and Ashley Anderson as Nancy. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus)

Brandon O'Dell and Wendy Melkonia. Photo: Chris Bartelski

Into the Woods. TONIGHT | THROUGH APRIL 17. *** Already selling out. *** Atlanta’s season of Sondheim continues at Aurora Theatre with this award-winning musical (three Tonys, five Drama Desk awards), a collection of fractured fairy tales that explores what happens after “happily ever after.” Caroline Arapoglou (Rapunzel), Natasha Drena (the Witch), Bernardine Mitchell (Jack’s Mother), Brandon O’Dell (the Baker) and Wendy Melkonian (the Baker’s Wife) lead a 20-person cast directed by the talented Justin Anderson. Details, tickets HERE. 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. Free, covered, attached parking in city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE. (Pictured: Brandon O’Dell and Wendy Melkonian. Photo: Chris Bartelski)



The Revolutionists. THROUGH MARCH 20. Attention must be paid to any script by Decatur-born, San Franciso-based playwright Lauren Gunderson, and so it is with this 7 Stages comedy, yes, comedy. Revisit 1793 Paris, during the Reign of Terror, where four dynamic Frenchwomen tackle gender inequality, racial tension and rising  radicalism while facing the guillotine and writing a play of their own. Cast: Rachel Frawley, Stacy Melich, Parris Sarter and Park Krausen, as Marie Antoinette. Heidi S. Howard directs. $22.50. 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.523.7647. 


New this weekend

Photo: Warren Johnson
Photo: Warren Johnson

Galapagos George, the Little Tortoise. OPENS FRIDAY | THROUGH APRIL 3. Visit the Galapagos Islands (in the Pacific Ocean, near Ecuador) and meet George, the last tortoise of his kind. This eco-fable, by Barefoot Puppets of Richmond, Va., tells the true story of the not-so-little tortoise and his home with rod, shadow and tabletop puppets. For ages 4 and up. $20.50. 10 + 11:30 a.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. + 3 p.m. Saturday; 1 + 3 p.m. Sunday. No shows March 12 or 27. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. N.W. (at 18th Street). Details, tickets HERE or at 404.873.3391.

Last chance

Jeff McKerley (from left), Spencer Stephens, Jeremiah Parker Hobbs and Molly Coyne. Photo: Dan Carmody, Studio 7

Peter and the Starcatcher. CLOSES SUNDAY. Georgia Ensemble is one of the first regional theaters permitted to do this swashbuckling Peter Pan prequel, a play with music that ran on Broadway in 2012-13. A cast of 12 creates more than 100 characters. Written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys). $25-$35. 8 tonight-Friday; 4 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. At the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.641.1260. Discount tickets at (Pictured, from left: Jeff McKerley, Spencer Stephens, Jeremiah Parker Hobbs and Molly Coyne. Photo: Dan Carmody, Studio 7)

Nick Arapoglou as the Toxic Avenger.

The Toxic Avenger. CLOSES SUNDAY. We hear good things about the Horizon Theatre staging of this 2008-09 award-winning off-Broadway rock musical. It’s based on the 1984 superhero-horror-comedy movie and features Nick Arapoglou — who’s been away from the stage too long — as well as Leslie Bellair, Julissa Sabino and Michael Stiggers. $25 and up. 8 tonight-Friday; 3 + 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. At Austin and Euclid avenues in Little Five Points/Inman Park. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.584.7450.


Woman of the Year. CLOSES SATURDAY. Take a stroll through a calendar year in a pair of high heels and see life from a lady’s perspective. This scripted, sketch-comedy at Dad’s Garage says it will smash patriarchy right through the glass ceiling. Written by Dad’s regulars Perry Frost, Linnea Frye and Megan Leahy, among others. Contains blood, adult language, sexual innuendo and violence. $10.50-$20.50 (buy online and save). 8 tonight-Saturday. At the new Dad’s Garage, 569 Ezzard St. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.523.3141.


Still playing

Lauren Boyd (from left), Enoch King, Allie Ficken. Photo: Greg Mooney

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. THROUGH MARCH 20. Tess Malis Kincaid (the White Witch) and Enoch King (Aslan) lead a nine-member Alliance Theatre cast in a family-friendly, one-act staging of the famous C.S. Lewis story about siblings who journey through a wardrobe and into the magical land of Narnia. $20 children; $35 adults. 1 + 3:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. March 13 shows at 1:30 + 4 p.m. Alliance Theatre mainstage, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000. (Pictured, from left: Lauren Boyd (from left), Enoch King and Allie Ficken. Photo: Greg Mooney)


Much Ado About Nothing. THROUGH MARCH 26. Confirmed bachelor Benedick and the independent Beatrice engage in Shakespeare’s second-most-famous battle of the sexes. Matt Nitchie and Tiffany Porter are B+B. Pub menu, brews and a full bar available. Also apple crisp. $30. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Sunday. New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.874.5299, Ext. 0.

Next week


Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook. MARCH 18-19. Broadway’s Liz Callaway (Baby, Miss Saigon, Cats) headlines two nights of concerts celebrating iconic singer-songwriter Carole King. With vocalists Allison Blackwell (opera, gospel, Broadway) and Bryce Ryness (Miss Trunchbull in the first national tour of Matilda the Musical), plus the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra led by principal pops conductor Michael Krajewski. 8 nightly. $20-$65. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. Details, tickets (via Ticketmaster) HERE. Discount tickets at


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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