New this week: “I’m Not Rappaport” (Aurora) and “Stones in His Pockets” (Arís!). Closing are “Sotto Voce” (Aurora), “Inside I” (7 Stages), “Equivocation” (Shakespeare Tavern) and “Oliver!” (Fabrefaction). Photo: “Inside I.” Photo by Stungun Photography.
Inside I. CLOSES SUNDAY. World premiere. Written and directed by 7 Stages’ associate artistic director Michael Haverty and Erwin Maas. Go inside the life and dreams of a boy on the autism spectrum, from birth to age 18, and his obsession with the world of video. Piece features visual spectacle, puppets, performers and live feed. Each show opens with I Direct Myself, a 15-minute play written and performed by Sam Gross, who’s on the autism spectrum. $22.50 + up. 8 tonight-Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.523.7647.
Sotto Voce. CLOSES SUNDAY. A story about the resiliency of true love and the enduring power of memories by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics). It features a German-born novelist who lost the love of her life in World War II and a young writer who contacts her decades later. $20-$30. 8 tonight-Friday; 2:30 p.m. + 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. Free, covered, attached parking in city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE.
Opening this weekend
I’m Not Rappaport. THROUGH JUNE 5. Aurora Theatre closes its 2015/16 mainstage season with this gentle 1996 Tony Award-winning comedy about two old men who inhabit a bench in New York’s Central Park. One, a feisty Jew, spins tall tales and fears his daughter will dump him in a retirement home; the other is half-blind, cantankerous and hiding from his disgruntled tenants. Contains salty language and mature themes. $20-$55. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. With a $16 matinee at 10 a.m. May 25. 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. Free, covered, attached parking in the city deck at 153 Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.226.6222.
Stones in His Pockets. THROUGH MAY 22. Arís! Theatre, Atlanta’s 3-year-old home for Celtic culture, stages this comedy by Northern Ireland’s Marie Jones. It follows what happens when a Hollywood production crew moves into a small town on the coast of Ireland. Two actors (here, RJ Allen and Matthew Welch) play 14 roles. The show had a Tony-nominated Broadway run in 2001. $18-$28. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Also at 8 p.m. May 11 (Wednesday). Arís! at Georgia Public Broadcasting, Studio B, 260 14th St. N.W. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.692.0053. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.
This weekend only
ASO: Schumann, Brahms + Mendelssohn. TONIGHT + SATURDAY. German conductor Lothar Zagrosek leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Schumann’s Piano Concerto, Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, with Spanish pianist Javier Perianes as soloist. 8 nightly. $20-$89. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.
ASO: Casual Fridays. FRIDAY ONLY. An abbreviated version of the Atlanta Symphony’s weekend concerts features Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, inspired by the poetry of Goethe. German conductor Lothar Zagrosek is on the podium. 6:30 p.m. All seats $25. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.
Equivocation. CLOSES SUNDAY. At the New American Shakespeare Tavern. Bill Cain’s drama is set in 1605 England, where terrorists are threatening to assassinate King James I and blow up Parliament. The prime minister commissions Shagspeare (a contemporary spelling) to write the “true historie” of the plot. And it must have witches. $17-$34. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Sunday. 499 Peachtree St. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.874.5299.
Oliver! CLOSES SUNDAY. Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory mixes student and professional actors in its staging of this 1963 musical (“Food, Glorious Food,” “As Long As He Needs Me,” “Where Is Love?,” “Consider Yourself”) based on the famous Dickens book. $15-$30. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 + 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Fabrefaction at 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E. Details HERE. Tickets HERE.
Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story. THROUGH MAY 15. Universal themes run through this personal story, a new American musical, about Detroit-born gospel singers BeBe and CeCe Winans, who experience the ultimate in culture shock when they join Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Praise the Lord Network. At the Alliance Theatre. $20-$120. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 + 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. Tickets, details HERE or at 404.733.5000.
The Light in the Piazza. THROUGH MAY 15. Themes of sacrifice, destiny and the effervescence of first love ripple through this musical from the grandson of the great Richard Rodgers. It’s 1953, and Margaret Johnson of North Carolina (Christy Baggett) is on holiday in Italy with her grown, yet off-center, daughter, Clara (Devon Hales). When Clara falls for a handsome Italian, Margaret has decisions to make. Winner of six 2005 Tony awards. $20-$50. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2:30 + 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Theatrical Outfit at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. N.W. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.528.1500.
Xperimental Puppetry Theater (XPT). MAY 12-15. The Center for Puppetry Arts continues showcasing innovative new works by established and emerging artists from various disciplines. It leads to an evening of bold and sometimes bawdy puppetry for ages 18+. Talkbacks follow every performance. $15. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 6 p.m. Sunday. 1404 Spring St. N.W. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.873.3391.
Golden Age of Broadway. MAY 13-15. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform Broadway classics under the baton of principal POPS! conductor Michael Krajewski and with the vocals of stage regulars Jenn Gambatese, Sarah Pfisterer and Nathaniel Stampley. $20-$65. 8 nightly. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.