Atlanta has become a hot bed of arts of all kinds.  Live theater, though, has emerged as one of the top choices for people seeking luxury entertainment.  From musicals to dramatic productions, there are a wide variety of choices which aim to please even the most eclectic of crowds.  There are three productions in particular that top the list as ones that cannot be missed. Now Showing…


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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and nominated for the prestigious Tony Award in 2015, this provocative stage play has Atlanta all abuzz.  Opening this week at the Alliance Theater, this play addresses issues surrounding Muslim-Americans.  Set at a dinner, the cast of characters includes a Muslim-American lawyer, an artist, an African-American lawyer, and a Jewish art dealer.  The play pushes hot buttons and has sparked much controversy.  The play raises questions about social responsibility and brings each audience member face-to-face with his or her own views toward racism, discrimination, profiling, and related issues.  What makes this production a “must-see” is that it goes beyond the scope of simply being entertaining.  It also provokes a long-overdue conversation on what Muslims in this country have been facing post-911. *Ticket Information*


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Now showing until February 28th at the King Plow Arts Center, this production lives up to its eight Tony Awards-winning reputation.  The London Telegraph calls it “a masterpiece of nervous laughter and sudden jolting shocks”.  It’s no wonder, then, that audiences the world over are making their way to Atlanta to see this show.  Featuring Kevin Harry, an African-American actor best known for his roles in RENT and Murder Ballad, this production exemplifies Sondheim’s vision.  The show harmoniously delivers chilling musical numbers shrouded in dark spookiness.  The cast take command of their roles, making for a lovely night on the town for theater goers. *Ticket Information*


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This telling story of an American marine in Afghanistan has just extended its showing due to popular demand.  His story chronicles the journey from an upscale apartment in Asia, the ghettos of India, and an American school.  It reminds us how powerful words can be and how courageous connection and empathy are.  Now showing at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s through February 28th, it’s no wonder that this eye-opening production is the esteemed winner of the Inverness Prize for Playwriting.  The playwrights encourage all to remember that “whatever affects one destiny, affects all”. *Ticket Information*

 

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