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Famous ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come’ up next at Arís Theatre


philly2Atlanta’s newish Arís Theatre celebrates the 50th anniversary of Brian Friel’s fairly famous comedy Philadelphia, Here I Come. It takes place the night before Gar O’Donnell is to leave Ireland for America, with dreams of Cadillacs, drive-ins, Coke floats and new girls. But his life flashes before him as he contemplates what he’ll miss — his friends; his lost love, Katie; his housekeeper; and his aging father. This is the play that established Friel (Dancing at Lughnasa) as one of the great theatrical voices in the English language. Don’t delay. The run is short, and this show will be here and gone before you know it.

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Meet Mammy before ‘GWTW’

“Gone With the Wind” and other Civil War topics dominate the Atlanta History Center’s fall lecture and author series, which also touches on Jewish life in America, the U.S.-Mexican border culture and American politics from Lyndon B. Johnson to Ronald Reagan. The series begins Sept. 2.

Enter Garden’s scarecrow design contest by Aug. 22

Atlanta Botanical Garden’s “Scarecrows in the Gardens” design contest is open for registration now through Aug. 22. Unleash your creative side.

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Tickets go on sale July 11 for Atlanta’s annual food-and-drink extravaganza.

All eyes on ‘The Four Seasons’ in the Garden

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Atlanta History Center camps it up this summer

Art, history and writing camps for kids, plus a Civil War encampment marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Peachtree Creek art all part of a jam-packed summer lineup at the Atlanta History Center and Margaret Mitchell House.

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Out of Hand offers a singular trip down rabbit hole

“White Rabbit Red Rabbit” comes with a few rules: no rehearsal, no director, no set, no cast mates, no advance look at the script.

Weekend’s best bets: Sept. 18

Our top two picks this weekend: A fine “Driving Miss Daisy” at Aurora Theatre and “Detroit,” a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist, opening at Horizon Theatre. Let’s all see a show!

Weekend’s best bets: Sept. 11

So much to choose from! Among our recommendations: “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” at Actor’s Express and several one-of-a-kind experiences, including “Cloth” with gloATL and Robert Spano; and Out of Hand’s “White Rabbit Red Rabbit,” described thusly — no rehearsals, no director, no set, with a new actor performing the solo show each night.

Actor’s Express, Alliance lead 2014 Suzi nominations

A total of 17 metro companies are nominated for at least one of Atlanta theater’s top awards. Winners will be announced Nov. 3 at a ceremony/party. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Slip inside Synchronicity’s new season, space with us (video)

It took 17 seasons, but Atlanta’s smart, gutsy, bold Synchronicity Theatre finally has a permanent home. The Peachtree Street space opens Sept. 26 with “Lasso of Truth,” the sassy, sexy Wonder Woman origin story. Join us online at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 10) for a chat with Rachel May, Synchronicity’s co-founder and producing artistic director.

Georgia Shakespeare faces uncertain future

The problem is cash flow. Earlier efforts to stabilize the company did reduce debt significantly and strengthen the business model, but Georgia Shakespeare needs money to produce its art and ensure a future.

Step up to the plate with us, ‘Bull Durham’ (video)

Join us on Google chat at 10:30 a.m. Friday on how the world premiere musical “Bull Durham” landed at the Alliance Theatre.

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