WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: The opening of Henry VIII at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse completes the company’s second time performing Shakespeare’s entire canon.
Opening this weekend
Henry VIII. Through June 16. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. In this episode of Shakespeare’s historical saga, Henry VIII is a virile young man enthralled by the women of his court. The play, full of grand pageantry, includes the coronation of Anne Boleyn, the christening of Elizabeth, and famous speeches by the noble Duke of Buckingham, the grotesque Cardinal Wolsey, and Queen Catherine. This production is especially exciting as it marks the second time The Atlanta Shakespeare Company has performed Shakespeare’s entire canon. Tickets and info on the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse website.
Jump. Through June 23. Actor’s Express. Reeling from the death of her mother, twenty-something Fay visits a bridge that spans a deep gorge, which usually attracts tourists, joggers, and other wandering souls. Though Fay is only looking for a quiet place to seek solace, she instead finds a journey of self-discovery. Lights will flicker and hearts will heal in the whimsically theatrical world of Jump. Who knows what surprises will literally fall from the sky. Info on the Actor’s Express website. Get discounted tickets on Poshdealz.com.
Five Guys Named Moe. Through June 30. Theatrical Outfit. Get ready for this musical tribute to R&B pioneer Louis Jordan, whose slant on jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the ‘50s. See the story of down-on-his-luck Nomax as he’s listening to the radio in the wee hours of the morning. Five guys — Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe and Little Moe — materialize and encourage Nomax to shake off the blues and seize the day. Louis Jordan’s chart-topping tunes like, “Is You Is, or Is You Ain’t My Baby,” “Let the Good Times Roll,” and “Knock Me a Kiss,” put Nomax, and audiences, onto the road toward bliss. Tickets and info on the Theatrical Outfit website.
Closing this weekend
Ad Nauseam. Through June 1. Dad’s Garage. A satirical depiction of the 1960’s advertising world run by Mad Women instead of Mad Men. Ad Nauseam is the story of Phil O’Harriet, a 20-something secretary at a creative advertising agency who dreams of becoming a copywriter but is struggling to climb the ladder of success. Phil hopes to join the creative team at Reine and Rankle, but his hotshot boss Trudy Femster stands in the way. They struggle to find equality in a world dictated by gender roles and in-office drinking. Will Phil ever move out from behind his typewriter? Tickets and info on the Dad’s Garage website. *Adult humor warning.
Native Gardens. Through June 2. Aurora Theatre. Based in a historic Washington D.C. neighborhood, two couples who are next-door neighbors battle for their backyards. Each wants a completely different landscape than the other. Native Gardens is on American Theatre’s Top 10 Most Produced Plays of the 2018-19 season list. In addition, playwright Karen Zacaría is fifth on American Theatre’s Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights of 2018-19. Full of thoroughly-researched horticulture references, on-stage partially-real gardens, and realistic neighborly conflict, Native Gardens is sure to challenge, delight, and humor audiences! Tickets and info on the Aurora Theatre website.
One more week
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.