This week’s recommendations look a lot like last week: The regional premiere of “Eclipsed” continues at Synchronicity; “The Dancing Granny” (Alliance) finishes its Oglethorpe run before moving to The Galloway School; and “The Dancing Handerkerchief” wraps its three-week run (Theatrical Outfit). Pictured, from left: Asha Duniani, Shayla Love and Parris Sarter in “Eclipsed.” Photo by Jerry Siegel.
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** The Dancing Granny. THROUGH JULY 16. The Alliance Theatre begins its season-long road trip, necessitated by renovations to its Woodruff Arts Center space. Granny is a family-friendly world premiere based on the children’s book by 2017 Newbery honoree Ashley Bryan. In this play with music, Ananse, the clever spider from African folklore, tries to trick Granny into dancing away from her garden so he can take her vegetables. The script is by Alliance/Kendeda Competition alumnus Jiréh Breon Holder (Too Heavy for Your Pocket). $15; $8 ages 6-17; age 5 and under free. See Granny here: the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road NE in Brookwood (through Sunday); The Galloway School, 215 W. Wieuca Road NW in Buckhead (June 24-July 2); and Spelman College in southwest Atlanta (July 8-16). Details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000.
** The Dancing Handkerchief. CLOSES SUNDAY. At Theatrical Outfit. Described as part magic act, part musical and part puppet show, and featuring early songs by multi-award-winner Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Frozen). Meet Mysterioso the Magician (Tom Key) and his curious child, Bastienne (Devon Hales), who learn to see each other in a truer, hope-filled light with the help of a beckoning handkerchief, an otherworldly suitcase and one rather large rabbit. A co-production with New York’s Flying Carpet Theatre Company. $20-$48. Performance times vary, schedule HERE. Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.528.1500.
** Eclipsed. THROUGH JUNE 25. Regional premiere at Synchronicity Theatre. Five women in the Second Liberian Civil War (2000-2003) negotiate power, protection and peace in a story with hope, resilience and humor by playwright Danai Gurira. This stunning, funny and moving drama was nominated for six Tony awards and made Broadway history as the first show with an all-black, all-female creative team and cast. The cast here: Isake Akanke, Asha Duniani, Charity Jordan, Shayla Love and Parris Sarter. Tinashe Kajese-Bolden directs. Eclipsed has been called “miraculous and savagely funny” (Deadline), “rare and powerful” (The New York Times) and “a moving must-see” (New York Magazine). Synchronicity is among the first regional companies in the country to get post-Broadway rights. $23-$45. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. At One Peachtree Pointe in Midtown, 1545 Peachtree St. NE. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.484.8636.
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Libby at the Express. TONIGHT-SUNDAY. In a show titled The More the Merrier, Libby Whittemore — one of Atlanta’s favorite singers — salutes musical groups from the 1940s to the 1990s. $43.50 plus fees (subject to change). 7:30 nightly. Actor’s Express at the King Plow Arts Center, 887 West Marietta St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469.
Nobody Loves You. CLOSES SATURDAY. Outdoors at Piedmont Park. Horizon Theatre restages its musical about the game of love, a look at modern relationships and cluelessly self-obsessed contestants on a reality-TV show. 7:30 nightly. Free. Also available: reserved seating near the stage ($15), table seats ($35) or a private table for six ($200). Picnicking allowed but no alcoholic beverages except those purchased on-site. Food and drink available at food trucks and concession stands. Performances are in the park’s Promenade area, near the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Sage Parking Garage, 521 Park Drive NE. Details (including park rules) and tickets HERE or at 404.584.7450.
How to Use a Knife. THROUGH JUNE 25. At Horizon Theatre. Playwright Will Snider’s 2016 comedy takes place in the melting pot of a New York City restaurant, where varied personalities and nationalities clash and coexist. “The writing is visceral, hilarious and up-to-the-minute in its urgency,” co-artistic director Lisa Adler says about choosing the piece. Note: Uses language not intended for children. $25-$45 (subject to change). 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 3 + 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and 5 p.m. Sunday. 1083 Austin Ave. NE at Euclid Avenue in Little Five Points/Inman Park. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.584.7450.
Robin Hood. THROUGH AUG. 13. Serenbe Playhouse takes to the skies (via zip lines) to tell the story of the renegade knight and outlaw (Jordan Patrick) devoted to Maid Marian (Casey Shuler) and doing good deeds with his Merry Men. The family-friendly adaptation, by frequent Serenbe collaborator Rachel Teagle, includes original music by Grammy nominee John Burke. $10-$20. 11 a.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Performed at the Farmers Market Hideaway in Serenbe, Chattahoochee Hills. Directions HERE. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.
Cinderella Della Circus. JUNE 20-JULY 23. The Center for Puppetry Arts again reprises this fairy tale adapted by artistic director Jon Ludwig, a story told with marionette, rod and shadow puppets. Recommended for age 4 and up. $11.25-$19.50. 10 a.m. + noon Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. + 3 p.m. Saturday; and 1 + 3 p.m. Sunday. 1404 Spring St. NW. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.873.3391.
Macbeth. JUNE 22-JULY 9. Serenbe Playhouse puts a modern spin on the Shakespeare tragedy, setting it in a war zone (outdoors, of course) in the forest against a waterfall. After receiving a prophecy that he’ll become king of Scotland, Macbeth (Justin Deeley) commits a heinous act fueled by his lust for power and his wife’s wicked influence. The general-turned-king is then beset by guilt and paranoia. A cast of 10 tells the tale. Amy Holtcamp directs. As with the company’s ongoing Robin Hood, Grammy nominee John Burke provides original music. Note: Contains adult themes and violence. $25-$30. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 11213 Serenbe Lane in Chattahoochee Hills. Directions HERE. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.