BEST BETS | Dec. 6-12, 2018

Festive outings await. The bad news: “Knead” (Alliance) closes Sunday. The good news: “Christmas Canteen” (Aurora), “A Christmas Carol” (Alliance), Atlanta Ballet’s new “Nutcracker” and “Frog and Toad” (Synchronicity) open or continue; and the ASO plays its first holiday concert. Intriguing: Aurora’s one-man “This Wonderful Life.”

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BEST BETS | Nov. 8-14, 2018

Arís Theatre marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with the Veterans Day-timed “Not About Heroes”; “Knead” (Alliance) premieres; Steve Yockey’s bloody smart “Reykjavik” (Actor’s Express) runs on; and Halloween shows give way to Christmas stories. Details in this week’s curated column.

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A PLAYWRIGHT RISES

“Knead,” says playwright-actor Mary Lynn Owen, has gone through a “gazillion trillion” rewrites. “At one time it was a cooking show gone wrong. Finding the immediacy of the play has been a firsthand education in ‘why plays are plays.’ You’d think I’d have picked this up by now!”

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BEST BETS | Nov. 1-7, 2018

Steve Yockey’s sexy-scary “Reykjavik” continues at Actor’s Express; “The Royale” throws its last punch at Theatrical Outfit; the ASO takes on Mahler’s majestic 10th Symphony; and The Atlanta Opera dances and sings its way through “West Side Story.” All this and more in this week’s curated column.

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