WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: the cast of Come From Away, coming to the Fox Theatre next week. Photo by Matthew Murphey.
Come From Away. June 25 – 30. Broadway Across America @ Fox Theatre. The true story of a small Newfoundland town and unexpected guests in the week following September 11, 2001. The Canadian musical beautifully reenacts the events that followed after 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town of Gander in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon. The musical’s characters are based on (and often share the names of) real Gander residents and some of the 7,000 stranded travelers they welcomed, housed, fed, and befriended.
Something for the kids
Max Makes a Million. Through July 21. Alliance Theatre. This theatrical adaptation of Maira Kalman’s one-of-a-kind book Max Makes A Million includes poetry, dance, jazz, and visual art. Celebrated theatre artist Liz Diamond adapted and directed the show, which follows Max Stravinsky, a beat-poet dog, on his journey to Paris to celebrate those wishful thinkers who dare to dream beyond what seems possible. In collaboration with this Alliance Theatre show, the High Museum of Art presents The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children, a colorful exhibition exploring the imaginative stories and illustrations that Kalman has brought to readers of the past 30 years. Discount tickets available on PoshDealz.com. Info on the Alliance Theatre website.
The True Story of Pocahontas. Through September 1. Serenbe Playhouse. The True Story of Pocahontas, written by Kara Morrison, will breathe new and authentic life into the familiar story of an American heroine. As Pocahontas shares some of her cultural traditions and childhood memories with her husband, Rolfe, she tells of how Virginia’s unique vegetation, waterways, and animals were present in her day-to-day life before moving to England. Join Pocahontas on a journey of self-reflection as she teaches us to appreciate life’s gifts and discovers healing by reconnecting to one’s past. Tickets and info on the Serenbe Playhouse website.
Closing this weekend
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.
The Cake. Through June 23. Horizon Theatre. Della, a North Carolina baker and devout Christian, is excited to bake a wedding cake for her best friend’s daughter… until she learns that the intended is another bride. After learning this, Della struggles to reconcile her deeply-held beliefs and the love she has for a woman she helped raise. The playwright Bekah Brunstetter (who also writes for TV’s “This is Us”) was inspired by the story about a baker in a similar position that is still in the headlines. This hilarious and touching new play shows that common ground can be found on the basis of love. Tickets and info on the Horizon Theatre website.
Oliver! Through June 23. Atlanta Lyric Theatre. The Atlanta Lyric Theatre brings the streets of Victorian England to life! Oliver, an orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. When Oliver escapes to London he finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets until taken in by a benevolent benefactor and has the chance to know the true love of a family. This classic Tony and Olivier Award-winning show based on the Charles Dickens classic novel is widely regarded as a true theatrical masterpiece. Info and tickets on the Atlanta Lyric Theatre website.