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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Review: Sychronicity’s “Heidi” offers a fun and nostalgia-filled holiday trip to the Alps  by Jim Farmer

One of the most popular and beloved books of all time — Johanna Spyri’s Heidi — has been the basis for countless television and film adaptations, but a stage version doesn’t …

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Local theater icon and Georgia Ensemble cofounder Bob Farley known for generosity by Jim Farmer

Less than a month after he and his wife Anita accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Suzi Bass Awards, Georgia Ensemble Theatre cofounder Robert (Bob) J. Farley passed away unexpecte…

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Live from New York, it’s Atlanta’s Michael Stiggers; plus, what’s hot on Broadway by Jim Farmer

Michael Stiggers never saw himself pursuing a professional career in acting, much less living in the Big Apple with a Broadway stint under his belt. But now he’s doing just that. Performin…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Remembrance: Rebecca Ranson, activist and visionary figure in Atlanta theater by Jim Farmer

Hers was a distinctive voice, as well as one that was passionate and ground-breaking. The Atlanta theater community lost a visionary figure in September when Rebecca Ranson passed away at th…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

News: Aurora’s “Madison County,” WABE’s Lois Reitzes receive Suzi Bass Awards by Jim Farmer

When the Suzi Bass Awards — recognizing excellence in local theater — were handed out last night, the evening’s big winner was Aurora Theatre’s The Bridges of Madison County,…

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Review: Actress Mary Lynn Owen steals the show as Bubbie in the Alliance Theatre’s “Crossing Delancey” by Jim Farmer

She’s not the central figure in the romantic comedy Crossing Delancey, but the character of Bubbie is often the scene-stealing heart of the play. And when the role is taken on by the wonde…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Review: “The Christians” bravely examines faith with moments that never quite catch fire by Jim Farmer

As he does every Sunday, Pastor Paul (Brian Kurlander) walks to the pulpit in his church and begins a sermon, as the 14-person choir behinds him sits attentively and absorbs the message, as …

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review: Alliance serves up empty calories as it takes to the road with “Shakespeare in Love” by Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer

Shakespeare in Love, the Oscar-winning 1998 film, has lately been turned into a play, and it’s currently making the rounds at a number of regional theaters around the country. A new produc…

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Bob Farley, an icon of local theater, reflects on his 25 years at Roswell’s Georgia Ensemble by Jim Farmer

As he was putting together his 25th season of programming for Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Robert Farley — the artistic director and cofounder of the Roswell-based company — came to…

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Preview: The 2017–18 theater season sees Alliance on the move, politically relevant dramas by Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer

The fall is the most exciting time of year for Atlanta theater, and this fall has the added edge of the Alliance Theatre’s nomadic season while its main theater space undergoes a complete …

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Review: Lyric’s “My Fair Lady” gets to the church on time but plays it a bit on the safe side by Jim Farmer

In staging the classic My Fair Lady, Atlanta Lyric Theatre and director Scott Seidl have made some wise decisions — the best of which is casting Galen Crawley as its titular character.…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review: Lauren Gunderson’s “Ada” at Essential easily one of the treats of the summer season by Jim Farmer

She’s well past the point of being just the pride and joy of Decatur and the Atlanta theater community. Lauren Gunderson is now the most produced playwright in the country. Although her wo…

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Preview: Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival set to kick off its second year with three productions by Jim Farmer

The irony didn’t escape him. When local actor Benjamin Davis was working as an associate producer for The Last Time We Were Here — a musical written and performed by Atlanta artists …

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review: Led by the captivating actress Paige Mattox, “Annie Get Your Gun” still aims true by Jim Farmer

Not terribly far back, summer used to be a dormant time of the year for local theater as everyone prepped for the upcoming fall season or simply took a much-needed rest. Somehow, the summer …

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Review: Actor’s Express’ “Little Shop of Horrors” charms in its new take on the campy classic by Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer

Don’t feed the plants! That’s the famous final warning from Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s monster hit of a campy monster-musical Little Shop of Horrors, which has had countless produ…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: Lyric’s “Beauty and the Beast” overcomes the odds in this entertaining re-staging by Jim Farmer

Many people approached the big budget film remake of Beauty and the Beast earlier this year with a wary eye, wondering why it was even necessary to re-do a classic. Some people, too, may que…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review: The fanciful and spirited “Dancing Handkerchief” magically delights and confounds by Jim Farmer

In his curtain speech before his new musical The Dancing Handkerchief, The Flying Carpet Theatre Company artistic director Adam Koplan called the production — a collaboration with Thea…

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Review: Horizon’s “How To Use a Knife” cuts deep with stellar acting by strong ensemble by Jim Farmer

The restaurant kitchen of a New York eatery is not one for the faint of heart, at least not in the new drama How to Use a Knife. Will Snider’s manic play, running through June 25 at Horiz…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Preview: Comic Brad Zimmerman tells his story in “My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy” by Jim Farmer

Like many people, Brad Zimmerman moved to New York after college and turned to waiting tables to make a living.  He never expected the experience to last as long as it did, however — …

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review: Aurora’s “Split in Three” has its moments, but has plenty of kinks to be worked out by Jim Farmer

With some reliably talented performers in its cast, a competent, versatile director at its helm and rich material to play with, it might seem like the drama Split in Three — running th…

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Preview: The Shulers celebrate 9th season of high school theater awards with biggest show yet by Jim Farmer

It started off with just 13 participating schools, but it has grown to involve 75 high schools from across the state. Now in its ninth year, the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards &#…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

News: Out Front Theatre faces protests from religious group over “Most Fabulous Story” by Jim Farmer

As Paul Conroy was piecing together programming for the inaugural season of his Out Front Theatre Company — the company he founded and that is dedicated to telling stories of the LGBT …

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review: Synchronicity’s “Strait of Gibraltar” has flaws but is smart, intense and powerfully topical by Jim Farmer

Rachel May and her colleagues at Synchronicity Theatre didn’t plan it schedule-wise, but it would be hard to imagine a more topical play than their just-opened drama Strait of Gibraltar. W…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Review: Serenbe’s version of “Grease” is hopelessly devoted but never quite catches fire by Jim Farmer

Never one to stage a production without imprinting his own brand of theatrical derring-do, Brian Clowdus and his Serenbe Playhouse colleagues have turned their attention to leather jackets a…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: Aurora’s “Bridges of Madison County” revival has its misses, but lots of tender hits by Jim Farmer

First it was a 1992 book by (the late) Robert James Waller, then a 1995 Clint Eastwood-helmed film starring Eastwood and Meryl Streep. The latest incarnation of the romantic The Bridges of M…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Review: The Alliance’s moving “Temple Bombing” shows the present is shaped by a cruel past by Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer

ArtsATL critics Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer recently saw the Alliance Theatre’s riveting world premiere drama The Temple Bombing. They share their thoughts on the production, running t…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Preview: Improv star Colin Mochrie talks Dad’s Garage, Atlanta BBQ and keys to success by Jim Farmer

He never set out to be a comic, much less a household name, but Colin Mochrie has become one of the most recognizable funnymen around, known for his spontaneous moments of genius on the long…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Review: “Constellations” shines bright in places, but ultimately gets lost in its gimmick by Jim Farmer

Cramming more into its tiny frame than most plays ever dream of, Nick Payne’s Constellations is a heady show that explores parallel universes and themes such as choice and chance. It’s u…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Preview: The Alliance’s “Troubadour” takes a Sugarland Express to classic 1950s Nashville by Jim Farmer

As she was working on her new show Troubadour, Janece Shaffer estimated she had room for around four songs in the piece. Yet once the playwright convinced Kristian Bush to come aboard to wri…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Review: Topher Payne’s uneven but warmly engaging “Greetings” lets loose his comedic chops by Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer

ArtsATL critics Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer saw Atlanta playwright Topher Payne’s new comedy Greetings Friend Your Kind Assistance is Required (running through January 22) on its openi…

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Monday, December 26, 2016

The Year in Review: Atlanta theater had an often strong, often inconsistent 2016 by Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer

It was a memorable, though slightly down, year for Atlanta theater. ArtsATL theater critics Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer sat down recently to take a look back at some of the highs and low…

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