Best Theater Companies In Atlanta

July 18, 2016 8:00 AM

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Whether you are a fan of big, splashy musicals or you prefer more intimate dramas, Atlanta’s local theaters have got you covered. With discount tickets available through websites like Goldstar and PoshDealz, you can often see a live theatrical performance in Atlanta for the same price as a movie ticket. Grab your friends and family, and plan your next night out today at one of these great local venues.
The Alliance Theatre 
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 733-4650
alliancetheatre.org

The Alliance is the grand dame of Atlanta theater, and with a recent $38 million grant, it is about to get an impressive facelift. This is the venue for catching a world premiere musical that is on its way to Broadway or for seeing a Pulitizer Prize-winning drama. The company performs both on the large main stage at the Woodruff Arts Center (also home to the High Museum) and at the smaller Hertz stage in the same building. There is specific programming geared towards younger audiences and teens, as well as a development program for local playwrights. For a complete evening, make a reservation at Table 1280 for dinner before the show; this restaurant, also on site, is really perfect for a pre-show meal at a reasonable price.

Actor’s Express
887 W. Marietta St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 607-7469
www.actors-express.com

About to commence its 29th season, Actor’s Express strives to give a voice to the next generation of playwrights in addition to giving the classics a fresh twist. For proud theater geeks, these productions are not to be missed, and they are easier on the wallet than the Alliance shows. The theater holds about 150 seats, so it provides an intimate experience while still maintaining a high level of professionalism. Located on Atlanta’s Westside, it is convenient for pre-show dining at one of the area’s many restaurants like The Optimist, Barcelona or Cooks and Soldiers.

Horizon Theatre Company
1083 Austin Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 584-7450
www.horizontheatre.com

Founded in 1983, Horizon has also long been an important part of Atlanta’s arts scene. In addition to its mainstage season, it also now offers free performances in Piedmont Park during the summer, and it hosts the annual New South Play Festival to promote plays detailing the Southern experience. The annual holiday performance of David Sedaris’s “The Santaland Diaries” is a fun Atlanta tradition, showcasing the theater’s strong comedic voice. The onsite lounge is a convenient spot to meet up with friends and enjoy a drink before a performance.

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Stage Door Players
5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 396-1726
www.stagedoorplayers.net

You don’t always have to fight traffic in town to see quality theater in Atlanta! Stage Door Players, located in Dunwoody, provides consistently strong, entertaining productions and has been a part of the community since 1974. In addition to Broadway and off-Broadway hits, the theater also produces work by local writers like Topher Payne. It’s worth a trip to the suburbs to check out the energetic, fun performances, and as a bonus, Stage Door Players has the most comfortable seating of Atlanta’s smaller theaters!

Atlanta Lyric Theatre
548 S. Marietta Parkway S.E.
Marietta, GA 30060
(404) 377-9948
atlantalyrictheatre.com

For local productions of big, bombastic musicals, this is your best bet. The recent production of “West Side Story” was one of the standout experiences of the past theatrical season, with a strong corps of dancers and moving performances by the leading actors. If you are looking to introduce your friends and family to high-quality local productions of Broadway musicals, this is a great choice. There are performances geared more towards children and some for adults as well, providing options for a family night out or a great date night.

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