HOOP DREAMS

For playwright Meg Miroshnik, “The Tall Girls” begins with a photograph. The drama at the Alliance Theatre looks at women’s basketball in 1930s Kansas, and requires actors to shoot and score before the play can proceed.

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This weekend's best bets: Feb. 13

Our most intriguing best bets this weekend: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Fox, “Shakespeare’s R&J” at Fabrefaction, “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” at Synchronicity Theatre, the new “Whistling Psyche” and a double bill of heartbreak by Atlanta playwright Theroun D’arcy Patterson.

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Angels of Mercy

“Whistling Psyche” envisions a meeting between Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, and pioneering surgeon James Barry, who lived his life as a man but, upon his death, was discovered to have been a woman. The production coincides with the launch of Arís Theatre, a Celtic-Irish-Scottish theater company that hopes to pick up where the one-time Atlanta company Theatre Gael left off.

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This weekend's best bets: Feb. 6

If I could see one thing this weekend … it’d be a tough call. Topping the list: “The Geller Girls” and “In Love and Warcraft,” both at the Alliance, and “Six Degrees of Separation” at Actor’s Express. If you’re looking for something achingly romantic, choose from any number of “Romeo and Juliets” (ballet, stage, modern).

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'Wowed by the energy'

“A lot of people who have seen other dance companies, and have never seen our show, tell me that when they come for Alvin Ailey, they’re taken aback, wowed by the energy,” says dancer Rachel McLaren. “It’s like they leave the theater with rosy cheeks, they’re so exhilarated.”

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