This is your last chance to see “Significant Other” at Actor’s Express and your only chance to see the current incarnation of the in-development musical “The Last Time We Were Here” (Synchronicity). Pictured: Blake Burgess (left) as Lennie and Daniel Parvis as George in “Of Mice & Men” at Serenbe. Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus


Justin Walker and Rachel Garner in "The City of Conversation."
Justin Walker and Rachel Garner in “The City of Conversation.”

The City of Conversation. THROUGH JUNE 26. The New York Times called this 2014 piece “smart, literate and funny,” and it is all that. Anthony Giardina’s play follows the Washington, D.C., lives of one politically active family from the Carter years through Obama’s historic election. Justin Anderson directs a must-see Horizon Theatre cast: Deborah Bowman, Carolyn Cook, Allen Edwards, Rachel Garner, Chris Kayser, Tess Malis Kincaid, Joshua D. Mitchell and Justin Walker. $25 and up. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 3 + 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. 1083 Austin Ave. at Euclid Avenue. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.584.7450.


micemenOf Mice & Men. THROUGH JUNE 26. John Steinbeck’s famous novel is adapted for the outdoor spaces of Serenbe Playhouse, which becomes a working farm in Depression-era California. Daniel Parvis and Blake Burgess play farmhands George and Lennie in this classic story about friendship, fortitude and fate. You’ll see it in Serenbe’s barn, alongside a horse or two. Best for ages 15+. $30. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road in Chattahoochee Hills. Details, directions, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

Adam Washington as Rooster.
Adam Washington as Rooster.

Pancakes, Pancakes!  THROUGH JULY 10. A world premiere, with original music, inspired by the Eric Carle picture book. Pancakes, Pancakes! explores the process of cooking and celebrates the joy in the work and final feast. Adapted by Kenneth Lin (Alliance Theatre’s Warrior Class, said Saïd), original songs by Atlanta playwright/composer Phillip DePoy (Edward Foote). $15; $8 age 6-17; under 5 free. 11:45 a.m. Tuesday; 10 + 11:45 a.m. Wednesday-Friday; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. + 3:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 + 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Staged by the Alliance Theatre in conjunction with the High Museum of Art exhibit I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle (through Jan. 8). Hertz Stage, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.


Last chance

Shakespeare Tavern Logo_DraftThe Merchant of Venice. CLOSES SUNDAY. A lost fortune, a lover’s choice and one of the most powerful expressions of the quality of mercy in literature. Meet Portia, Bassanio and Shylock, the Jewish moneylender and one of Shakespeare’s most controversial characters, at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. Full pub menu and bar. $18-$35. Through June 19. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Sunday. 499 Peachtree St. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.5299.

From left: Brittany Inge, Cara Mantella, Diany Rodriguez and Lee Orsorio. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus
From left: Brittany Inge, Cara Mantella, Diany Rodriguez and Lee Orsorio. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

Significant Other. CLOSES SUNDAY. In this script by Joshua Harmon (last season’s Bad Jews), a man named Jordan is looking for Mr. Right. As each close-knit girlfriend couples off, he moves from best friend to lonely friend, searching for love and learning to move on. The funny-sad comedy, which closes the Actor’s Express season, had its world premiere in New York last summer, becoming a New York Times critic’s pick. $26 and up. 8 tonight-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. King Plow Arts Center in West Midtown, 887 W. Marietta St. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469.

This weekend only

lasttime-logoThe Last Time We Were Here. FRIDAY-SUNDAY. A workshop staging of this new musical by Atlanta artists Jeremiah Parker Hobbs and Jessica De Maria. The folk-rock piece takes audiences to a world of dimly lit bars, where a single moment can become a lingering memory. Jacob, a singer-songwriter on a path toward super-stardom, struggles to make sense of the big moments in his life — most notably the end of his relationship with Grace, a passionate woman fascinated by a previous romance. Developed in and around Atlanta (at Java Monkey and Actor’s Express) and originally presented at the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival. $10-$35. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. Synchronicity Theatre1545 Peachtree St. N.W.

Still playing

Wilbur and Charlotte. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus
Wilbur (Andy Terwilliger) and Charlotte (Brettney Beverly). Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

Charlotte’s Web. THROUGH JULY 31. Best friends Wilbur and Charlotte, a pig and spider, tell truths about life, death and hard choices in this staging based on E.B. White‘s famous children’s book. At Serenbe Playhouse, where the action unfolds outdoors, real animals keep you company, and a cast of six plays live folk music. Performed rain or shine. $10-$20. 11 a.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. The Animal Village in Serenbe, 10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road in Chattahoochee Hills. Details, directions, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

mermaidBThe Little Pirate Mermaid. THROUGH JULY 17. The mermaid princess-turned-pirate sails back into the Center for Puppetry Arts. The piece, adapted and directed by artistic director Jon Ludwig, is told with rod, marionette, shadow and black-light puppets. It’s suggested for ages 4+. $20.50. Show times: 10 + 11 a.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m., noon and 1, 2, 3 + 4 p.m. Saturday; and 1, 2, 3 + 4 p.m. Sunday. 1404 Spring St. N.W. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.873.3391.

wss-poshWest Side Story. THROUGH JUNE 26. Romeo and Juliet relocate to the west side of New York City and become lovers Tony and Maria is this classic musical by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and a young Stephen Sondheim. The year is 1957, and as summer temperatures rise, so do the tensions between two rival gangs — the Jets (Americans) and the Sharks (Puerto Ricans). $38-$58. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Cobb County Civic Center Complex, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.377.9948. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.

Next week


Libby’s at the Express. JUNE 23-26. Popular cabaret artist Libby Whittemore closes out her seventh year of Actor’s Express shows with another return to the 1970s. She’s joined by Lisa Paige, Wendy Melkonian, Shawn Megorden, and Robert Strickland and his Super-Sized Combo. Expect medleys featuring rock ‘n’ roll, Fleetwood Mac, protest songs and disco from such artists at Al Green, Carole King, Kenny Loggins, Carly Simon and many more. $40. 7:30 nightly. King Plow Arts Center, 887 West Marietta St. N.W. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469.

The Wizard of Oz. OPENS TUESDAY | THROUGH JUNE 26. This is the North American tour of a new stage adaptation that augments the classic score (“Over the Rainbow,” “If I Only Had a Brain”) with new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and technical wizardry intended to make the theatergoing experience more “cinematic.” $30-$80. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1:30 + 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 855.285.8499.

Aaron Fried (from left), Jay McGill, Morgan Reynolds, Sarah Lasko and Nigel, as Toto. Photo: Daniel A. Swaloc
Aaron Fried (from left), Jay McGill, Morgan Reynolds, Sarah Lasko and Nigel, as Toto. Photo: Daniel A. Swaloc


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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