WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: Jill Jane Clements and Rob Cleveland in Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s previous production of Driving Miss Daisy. Photo by Casey Gardner Photography.
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 information on the Theatrical Outfit website.
Hands of Color. Through June 30. Synchronicity Theatre. When Thomas unexpectedly becomes part of Robert’s family, he gains a new identity and is forced to consider the world from a new perspective. This funny and powerful new play examines what it’s like when your world is turned upside down, and boldy asking questions about redemption and forgiveness. Tickets and more information on the Synchronicity Theatre website.
Opening this weekend
Driving Miss Daisy. Georgia Ensemble Theatre @ Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University. Runs June 28 through July 21. Georgia Ensemble Theatre remounts their hit production at the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University! The well-known story is set in mid-20th century Atlanta. Driving Miss Daisy is the story of Southern matron Daisy Werthan and her chauffeur Hoke Colburn and their friendship that unfolds over 25 years of loss, racial tension, and love. This much-beloved story of an unlikely friendship is the play most associated with Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s late Artistic Director and Co-founder Bob Farley, and this production, directed by his daughter Laurel Crowe, was a tribute to him. Tickets and information on the Georgia Ensemble Theatre website.
Hair. Serenbe Playhouse. Runs July 3 through August 18. Serenbe Playhouse closes out their tenth anniversary season with this genre-defining rock musical, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and the show’s original ground-breaking Broadway run. Though the use of profanity and depiction of drug use drew some controversy to the show, the Broadway premiere was met with an overwhelmingly positive response. Many of its songs became anti-war anthems in the peace movement during the Vietnam War. Serenbe’s production is sure to bring its usual wonder to this iconic show! Tickets and more information on the Serenbe Playhouse website.
Hairspray. City Springs Theatre Company. Runs July 12 through July 21. Welcome to Baltimore in 1962! Teen Tracy Turnblad – a big girl with big hair – dreams of dancing on the popular Corny Collins Show. She perseveres in the face of scorn, doubt, and fear from her competitors and closed-minded naysayers. Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is family-friendly show full of laughter, romance and, toe-tapping songs! Tickets and more information on the City Springs Theatre Company website. Discount tickets available on PoshDealz.com.