WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: Looking for a 16th-century Mother’s Day celebration? Head to the Georgia Renaissance Festival, recently voted “Favorite Renaissance Festival in the Southeast”!
Best bets for Mother’s Day weekend!
Billy Elliot. Through May 12. City Springs Theatre Company @ Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. Based on the hit film and featuring a score by legend Elton John, Billy Elliot the Musical is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Billy journeys from the boxing ring to ballet class where his passion for dance is ignited, inspiring both his family and community and changing their lives forever. Set in a northern English mining town against the background of the 1984 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot the Musical uplifts with its powerful storyline, rousing score, and sensational choreography. Info on the City Springs Theatre Company website. Discount tickets at PoshDealz.com.
Ride the Cyclone. Through May 26. Alliance Theatre. Shortly after boarding the Cyclone ride at a traveling fair, a broken front axle sends the teenagers to their tragic demise. While stuck in a sort of purgatory, a mechanical fortune teller invites each student to compete in a macabre contest with the prize of a return to the world of the living. Bewildered, the teens take turns sharing their stories, making a case for themselves. Ride the Cyclone is a wildly original new musical—part comedy, part tragedy, and wholly unexpected. Info on the Alliance Theatre website. Discounted tickets at PoshDealz.com.
Ragtime. Through June 9. Serenbe Playhouse. Join Serenbe Playhouse for this Tony Award-winning musical based on E.L. Doctorow’s acclaimed novel of the same name. The show portrays the nation’s hopes and pains at the turn of the 20th century, telling diverse stories of African Americans, immigrants, and the elite upper-class. The cast features real-life historical figures including Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, Booker T. Washington, and J. P. Morgan. See the county on the cusp of a new era on stage like you’ve never seen before — in the style of Vaudeville under a giant Atlantic City tent! Tickets and info on the Serenbe Playhouse website.
Maxwell Anderson’s Anne of the Thousand Days. Runs May 11 – 25. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII separately relive the one thousand days of their tumultuous and tragic love story. The play first opened on Broadway in December of 1948 and was adapted into a film 21 years later. A story filled with adultery, royalty, and deception, Anne of the Thousand Days explores loss of innocence and the influence of power. Join the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse for events including Q&A with the cast and wine tastings! Tickets and info on the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse website.
Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. May 9 – 12. Multiple Locations: Laughing Skull Lounge, Urban Tree Cidery, The Plaza Theatre, City Winery, The Highland Inn Ballroom, Relapse Theatre, Red Light Cafe, Smith’s Olde Bar, and the Atlanta Brewing Company Brewery. The 10th annual Laughing Skull Comedy Festival will feature sixty comics chosen from original submissions of over 1,000 comics. The festival will include 30 shows in 9 venues over the course of 4 days. Past festival performers include Hannibal Buress, Ron White, Clayton English, Adam Newman, Lavar Walker, Camilla Cleese, Rob Christensen, Matthew Broussard, Rocky Dale Davis, Mia Jackson, Ben Evans, Shane Torres, Candice Thompson, Ismael Loutfi, and countless more! Tickets available on the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival website. Discounted gift certificates for City Winery are available at PoshDealz.com.
The Georgia Renaissance Festival. Through June 2. Fairburn, Georgia. Don’t miss pirates & pets weekend at the festival! Enter the gates of the Georgia Renaissance Festival – recently voted “Favorite Renaissance Festival in the Southeast” – and find yourself transported back to 16th-century England complete with costumed characters, carnival games, human-powered rides, giant roasted turkey legs, hearty ales, and more throughout the 32-acre village. Over 150 artisan craft shops offer demonstrations of weaving, coin minting, spinning, sculpting, glass blowing, leather crafting, and many other art forms. The ten entertainment stages feature everything from jousting to comedy and music to mud-flopping. Tickets available on the Georgia Renaissance Festival website. Get discounted tickets on Poshdealz.com.