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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Review: “The Color Purple” reaches full flower in terrific Actor’s Express musical by Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer

The musical The Color Purple, based on Alice Walker’s novel, had its world premiere back at the Alliance Theatre in 2004 and hit Broadway a year later. After a recent reworking and reviva…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review: Alliance’s “Winnie-the-Pooh” makes a charming return to Hundred Acre Wood by Andrew Alexander

I couldn’t tell you much about what Winnie-the-Pooh has been up to since the game of Poohsticks in The House at Pooh Corner, the second and last of British author A.A. Milne’s collectio…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Review: Lauren Gunderson’s “The Taming” takes an irreverent (and decidedly witty) aim at our political divide by Andrew Alexander

When placing politics on the stage nowadays, absurdism and farce seem the best, if not the only possible, approach. It’s the tack of playwright (and Decatur-native) Lauren Gunderson in her…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

ArtsATL’s top 10 things to do in Atlanta that aren’t “Hamilton” by Andrew Alexander

The touring production of the Broadway blockbuster Hamilton arrives at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre this week for a 14-day run of 22 beyond-sold-out performances. If you’re smart, lucky or rich…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Review: Glamorous, inventive “Bach to Broadway” closes Atlanta Ballet season by Andrew Alexander

On Saturday night, dancers Jessica Assef and Moíses Martín, substituting for Emily Carrico and Jacob Bush, paired beautifully in the opening moments of Helgi Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, the …

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Review: Collaborative “Candide” brings some highs, some lows for ASO and Alliance by Andrew Alexander and Mark Gresham

The new production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide at Symphony Hall represents a historic collaboration between the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Alliance Theatre. Humbly treading a pa…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Review: Synchronicity’s “Ripe Frenzy” delves into school shootings with mixed results by Andrew Alexander

Maryland-based playwright Jennifer Barclay takes on the subject of school shootings in her interesting but faulty new play Ripe Frenzy, running at Synchronicity Theatre through May 6. The pl…

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Review: Cleage’s “Hospice,” “Moon” share stories that women only tell each other by Andrew Alexander

I almost never see a play twice before I review it, but the opportunity arose this week, and in this case, a return visit seemed warranted. The women in Pearl Cleage’s Hospice + Pointing a…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review: Alliance’s “Sheltered” a strongly executed, old-fashioned theater throwback by Andrew Alexander

If you could save a stranger’s child by risking your own safety and security, would you? The moral intricacies and personal strain that an American Jewish couple face as they try to save n…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review: August Wilson’s “King Hedley II” at True Colors packs a powerful final punch by Andrew Alexander

August Wilson’s grim tragedy King Hedley II is currently having a fine production at Atlanta’s True Colors Theatre, on stage through March 11. It’s a moving play that offers a slow, s…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Review: “The Followers” offers an engaging, edgy look at the spiritual versus the rational by Andrew Alexander

The Bacchae has always been something of a strange play, and it gets a little stranger in The Followers, an appealing and edgy new adaptation of the ancient tragedy at 7 Stages, running thro…

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

News: Alliance Artistic Director Susan Booth wins $250,000 women’s leadership grant by Andrew Alexander

The Alliance Theatre and its Artistic Director Susan V. Booth have been awarded a $250,000 grant as part of the inaugural BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle.  The program supports the…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Review: Often transcendent, second half of “Angels in America” firmly hits its mark by Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer

ArtsATL theater critics Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer got together recently to discuss thoughts on Part Two of the new Actor’s Express production of Angels in America. Here are their tak…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Review: Part one of “Angels in America” jumps off to a strong, though uneven, start by Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer

Kicking off the 2018 theater year with a bang is the Actor’s Express’ production of Tony Kushner’s much lauded Angels in America, which took home virtually every award (a Tony and a Pu…

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Review: With Terry Burrell, “Lady Day” sings the blues sweet and low at Theatrical Outfit by Andrew Alexander

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is a show that could work well in nearly any venue, but it seems to fit especially snugly into Theatrical Outfit’s Balzer Theatre. The set, which is m…

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Year in Review: 2017 was for playwrights to shine . . . and Serenbe’s “Cabaret,” old chum by Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer

This was a busy year of theater, with world premieres popping up in every corner and local companies flexing their creative muscles. ArtsATL critics Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer saw most …

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Review: Serenbe’s “The Snow Queen” is a refreshing blast of chilly Christmas air by Andrew Alexander

Disney animators riffed on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale The Snow Queen in their big-budget 3D computer-animated 2013 film Frozen, one of the highest-grossing kids’ movies…

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: Thoughtful and moving, “Cardboard Piano” is a play worth remembering by Andrew Alexander

The dawning of the year 2000 — Y2K, as it was ominously called — was not the apocalyptic disaster that some would have led us to believe. A lot of things may have turned to crap …

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Review: They may be empty calories, but Alliance’s “Hand to God” has shock value humor by Andrew Alexander

There’s technically only one actor on stage for many of the most memorable scenes in Hand to God, playwright Robert Askins’ hit comedy currently having its Atlanta premiere through Novem…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Review: Out Front Theatre hits a rocky road with uneven production of “Rocky Horror” by Andrew Alexander

The songs in any production of The Rocky Horror Show need to sound incredible or else all is lost. The story is certainly fun and weird, but no one’s coming for that plot. Unfortunately, a…

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Review: The Weird Sisters bring out their ghoulish Halloween spook for “Dangerous Women” by Andrew Alexander

The Halloween season is as good a time as any to remind ourselves that women can be every bit as diabolical, bloody and violent as their male counterparts. Dangerous Women, a new show throug…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: In “The Way We Get By,” stand-out acting can’t overcome a paltry premise by Andrew Alexander

It’s been said that the war between the sexes is the only conflict in which both sides sleep with the enemy on a regular basis. If you can imagine that witticism as a play, you’ll have s…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review: “Boy” tells its story respectfully and emotionally, but feels painfully voyeuristic by Andrew Alexander

The parents in Boy, playwright Anna Ziegler’s 2016 drama currently getting its first Atlanta production at Theatrical Outfit through October 15, face a terrible decision. Their newborn son…

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Review: “Dogs of Rwanda” brings a moving, one-man play into living rooms across the city by Andrew Alexander

Think of Dogs of Rwanda, the new one-man show from Atlanta’s Out of Hand Theater, as a long, heartfelt confession that takes place in your neighbor’s living room. Instead of performing p…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Review: “Abigail/1702” builds on Arthur Miller’s “Crucible” but unwisely veers from his intent by Andrew Alexander

A bit of old writing advice has it that a story should start, not at the beginning, but in media res, right in the middle of things. The new play Abigail/1702 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, curr…

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Review: Emory’s “Midnight Pillow” evokes Mary Shelley for a compelling walk to the edge by Andrew Alexander

I’ve been to plenty of shows that aim for a unified effect but end up failing to bring together disparate elements. The production Midnight Pillow, running at Theater Emory through October…

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Review: Synchronicity smartly brings “Sense and Sensibility” to the formal world of Jane Austen by Andrew Alexander

The things that happen to a pair of pretty young women without any money or any property aren’t, well, particularly pretty. The two decent, likeable, but very different young sisters at th…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review: “Bengal Tiger” is a self-conscious trek to Baghdad with characters that don’t connect by Andrew Alexander

I ended up more puzzled by the success of Rajiv Joseph’s acclaimed Pulitzer- and Tony-nominated 2009 play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo than I was moved at the recent Atlanta premiere of…

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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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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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Friday, August 25, 2017

Preview: Concert for America brings Broadway stars together for the progressive cause by Andrew Alexander

Has the state of the world got you in the doldrums? Feeling down? Hopeless? May I suggest a show tune? Broadway has always projected a spirit of communal, can-do pluckiness in the face of ad…

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