Dunwoody-based Stage Door Players will open its 2016/17 season on Sept. 23 with Neil Simon‘s well-traveled Barefoot in the Park and close it Aug. 6, 2017, with a musical about the infamous Lindbergh baby kidnapping in 1932.

stagedoorlogoThe is the 43rd season for the professional company led by by producing artistic director Robert Egizio and based at 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Four types of subscription packages (beginning at $84) are available now here or at 770.396.1726. Single-show tickets ($15-$30) will go on sale closer to opening nights.

Stage Door hasn’t yet said goodbye to its 42nd season. Cole Porter’s Shakespeare sendup Kiss Me, Kate (“Another Op’nin’ Another Show,” “Wunderbar,” “So in Love,” “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” “I Hate Men”) opens July 15 and closes Aug. 7.

Here’s a closer look at next year:

barefoot-in-the-park-largeBarefoot in the Park. SEPT. 23-OCT. 16. If you know the term chestnut, you’d likely apply it to this 1963 comedy about a pair of newlyweds, their top-floor apartment in an elevator-less New York building, and the drop-in friends and family who complicate their lives. Elizabeth Ashley and Robert Redford played the couple in the Broadway original.

let-nothing-you-dismay-largeLet Nothing You Dismay. DEC. 2-18. The original holiday comedy from Atlanta playwright Topher Payne returns for an encore run. Eight actors play 22 characters in a Christmas farce about a couple about to adopt a baby and their many interfering family members.

death-by-design-largeDeath by Design. JAN. 27-FEB. 19, 2017. Imagine a literary marriage between Noel Coward and Agatha Christie. That’s apparently what playwright Rob Urbinati had in mind when scripting this 2011 comedy about a celebrated playwright and his actress wife, who flee to the English countryside after a disastrous opening night, only to find themselves visited by various surprise guests, all with secrets, one of whom ends up murdered.

the-cemetery-club-largeThe Cemetery Club. MARCH 17-APRIL 9, 2017. Three Jewish widows, best friends for decades, meet for tea and sympathy before their monthly visit to their husbands’ graves. Sweet-tempered Ida, feisty Lucille and judgmental Doris find their friendships tested, especially when a widower named Sam enters the scene. A 1990 comedy by Ivan Menchell.

boeing-boeing-largeBoeing, Boeing. MAY 19-JUNE 11, 2017. A swinging ’60s sex farce about a Parisian lothario with three fiancées — American, Italian and German — all airline “hostesses.” Though he’s usually able to keep them apart, disaster lurks when scheduling changes pop up. By Marc Camolletti (Don’t Dress for Dinner). A 2008 Broadway revival won a Tony award for best play. (Aurora Theatre, you may recall, staged Boeing, Boeing in 2010 and Don’t Dress for Dinner in 2014.)

baby-case-largeBaby Case. JULY 1-AUG. 6, 2017. The 1932 kidnapping of Charles A. Lindberg Jr. became the “Crime of the Century,” prompting a media circus fed by the public’s fascination with fame, crime, celebrity and intrigue. A cast of 11 portrays the famous faces of the day — Walter Winchell, J. Edgar Hoover, Ginger Rogers and the Lindberghs — in the musical that won New York Musical Festival awards in 2012 for best musical, book and score for writer, composer and lyricist Michael Ogborn.

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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