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Best Spring 2014 Theater Productions In Atlanta

March 10, 2014 9:00 AM

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(Credit: Courtesy of http://www.shakespearetavern.com/)

(Credit: Courtesy of http://www.shakespearetavern.com/)

Whether you are looking for drama, dance or comedy, Atlanta’s theatrical stages have something for you this spring. From the larger venues like the Alliance and the Fox to more intimate stages like the New American Shakespeare Tavern, there is something for everyone. Check out our listing below for some of the season’s highlights. There’s no better way to beat the rainy weather blahs than with a night of live theater.

Maple and Vine
Actor’s Express
King Plow Arts Center
887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-107
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 607-7469
www.actors-express.com

Date: March 19 – April 20, 2014

If you’d like to see something different this spring, consider checking out “Maple and Vine” at Actor’s Express. The story focuses on a modern, successful couple who decides to escape the pressures of life by moving in to a community of 1950s re-enactors. The play brings to light questions of whether we can go backwards, and indeed, whether we would even want to, considering what we have gained and lost over time. This smaller venue offers local audiences an inexpensive way to get a taste of theater, with preview performances as low as $15.

Much Ado About Nothing
New American Shakespeare Tavern
499 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 874-5299
www.shakespearetavern.com

Date: Through March 28, 2014

The New American Shakespeare Tavern is one of Atlanta’s most family-friendly theatrical venues. It’s a great way to introduce your kids to theater and to make Shakespeare come to life for them. The group does comedies particularly well, and therefore this production of “Much Ado About Nothing” should be a winner. Enjoy dinner with the performance and watch as your children laugh their way to a love of live theater.

Boeing Boeing
OnStage Atlanta – Mainstage
2969 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Suite A
Decatur, GA 30030

(404) 897-1802
www.onstageatlanta.tix.com

Date: Through March 22, 2014

If you are interested in a free-wheeling, farcical comedy, check out “Boeing Boeing” at OnStage Atlanta. Recently seen on Broadway, this play was also turned into a film in 1965 starring Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis. It’s just a madcap ride involving one man trying to balance dating several different women at the same time, all of whom are flight attendants. One woman is American, one German and one Italian, and the French man in the middle of it all is nearly as busy as Air Traffic Control trying to keep their schedules straight.

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Green Day’s American Idiot
The Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 881-2100
www.atlanta.broadway.com/american-idiot

Date: May 1-4, 2014

The Fox Theatre is Atlanta’s premiere venue for big musicals and shows, and Green Day’s “American Idiot” is likely to sell out, so get your tickets early. This musical, based on the album of the same name by Billie Joe Armstrong’s pop-punk band, is an admirable effort to update the form of the rock musical. It suffers from a bit of lack of editing, but teenagers especially will love seeing their favorite tunes twisted into a musical story. Armstrong was so inspired by the experience that he even participated in the show on Broadway for awhile, and we can expect more musicals from him in the future.

Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Through Life
Alliance Theatre
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 733-4650
www.alliancetheatre.org/maurice-hines-tappin-thru-life

Date: April 2 – May 4, 2014

If you’d like to see some dancing onstage this spring, check out this tap performance by Maurice Hines. He will be using the stage to pay tribute to the tap legends of the past, including his brother, Gregory Hines. He will be backed by The Diva Orchestra, a nine-piece, all-female band. The evening will include music by Frank Sinatra and Lena Horne and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Keely Herrick is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on

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