This weekend's best bets: Jan. 17

Opening this week are the fast-paced comedy “Bob” (Aurora Theatre) and David Lindsay-Abaire’s much-praised “Good People” (Alliance). Closing: “Waiting for Balloon” at the Alliance’s Theatre for the Very Young. Worth checking out: 7 Stages’ new Home Brew Series of new-play readings; “Swell Party,” which is swell, if long, at Georgia Ensemble; and “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” which is still stirring buzz as it hits week two in its six-week run at Actor’s Express.

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This weekend's best bets: Jan. 3

Looking for something cultural to do in the next week or so? Our select list of our recommendations “Waiting for Balloon” — for ages 18 months to 5 years — at the Alliance Theatre and the upcoming “Swell Party” at Georgia Ensemble Theatre, “Harabel” at Theatrical Outfit and “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” at Actor’s Express.

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This weekend's best bets: Dec. 20 (happy holidays)!

If you’re in the Christmas spirit, we can recommend everything from Synchronicity Theatre’s “A Year With Frog and Toad” and the Alliance’s “A Christmas Carol” to a Very Merry Holiday Pops at the ASO. If not, try 7 Stages’ anti-holiday “Atlanta Xmas Apocalypse,” the Collective Project’s “The Theory of Everything” or Fabrefaction’s “Little Women.”

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This weekend's best bets: Nov. 29

Some of the most worthy projects on Atlanta theater’s buffet table this next week likely won’t make headlines. For that reason we recommend “The Exonerated” at the Alliance; “Naked City,” from the PushPush peeps at the Goat Farm; “The Theory of Everything” by the Collective Project, also at the Goat Farm; and Working Title Playwrights’ “WTP Chain Play.” Lots of holiday morsels remain as well.

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This week's best bets: Thanksgiving 2012 edition

Happy Thanksgiving! If you have room for culture amid the turkey and stuffing, check out “The Summer of Daisy May” at the new Marietta Theatre (for laughs) or “Wolves” at Actor’s Express (for chill bumps). The holiday show season accelerates with “Aurora’s Christmas Canteen 2012,” the Alliance’s “A Christmas Carol,” “Nuncrackers” at OnStage Atlanta and “The Santaland Diaries” at Horizon.

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SNAPSHOT | Clifton Guterman

“This is home. It’s the community I love. I can be myself here. I don’t want to be a household name or a Hollywood star. It’s not who I am. It’s not what I want to do. I’m going to be right here doing quality work whenever I can,” says Atlanta actor Clifton Guterman, onstage now in “Wolves” at Actor’s Express.

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This weekend's best bets: Nov. 15

If we could see one thing this weekend, it’d be “Wolves” at Actor’s Express. Also high on the list: the ASO and Beethoven’s Fifth, “Titus Clown!” by Out of Hand Theater and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Last chance: “Two Drink Minimum” at Theatrical Outfit.

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