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Category: Behind the Curtain: Theater Reviews

Alliance Theater memorializes defining Atlanta Civil Rights moment

By Anya Lomsadze From Feb. 22 to March 12, the Alliance Theater showcased “The Temple Bombing,” by Melissa Fay Greene, memorializing the bombing of the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation Synagogue, which occurred two miles from Grady in 1958. The production of the seldom-spoken story of this defining moment in Atlanta’s Civil Rights Movement marks the synagogue’s 150th anniversary.    Atlanta’s Temple was […]

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The Prom brings laughter and heartache to Alliance audience

“The Prom,’’ the breakthrough musical directed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, simultaneously stole hearts while calling attention to equal rights, an issue much bigger than just a school dance. The musical, which closed its month-long run at the Alliance Theater last month, showcased lyrically superb songs, perfectly choreographed dance numbers, and an overall characterful and noteworthy cast. “The Prom,’’ headed […]

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‘In the Heights’ brings upbeat theatre to Atlanta

By Katie Earles I knew going into the theater that I would not be disappointed. Aside from all the Tony Awards and the genius behind the music of the musical, I could tell from the realistic New York set that it would not be hard to be transported to Washington Heights, New York City. “In the Heights” was everything I expect […]

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Senior Anna Hutchins (left) who plays Frenchy and junior Katie Earles (center) who plays the lead female role of Sandy in ``Grease,'' rehearse the song ``Summer Nights'' with senior Sydney Shaw (right) who plays Marty. The musical premieres on Jan. 12.

Musical theater class honors alum with “Grease” performance

For most fans of the musical “Grease,” the show is just a touching, funny love story that takes place far away at Rydell High School in Chicago. But for Grady students, it may hit closer to home than you think. Bronte Woodard, a Grady alum from the class of 1958, wrote the screenplay for the movie adaptation of the popular […]

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(All photos courtesy of Atlanta Ballet)

Atlanta Ballet redefines boundaries in “20|20 Visionary” performance

Atlanta Ballet’s “20|20 Visionary” performance, showcasing three premier contemporary works by guest choreographers, marks the third show in artistic director John McFall’s final season with the company. Staged at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre March 18-20, “20|20” perfectly captures the impressive athleticism and effortless beauty of dance and reflects the rich diversity of Atlanta’s culture. The opening piece, “Boiling […]

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Kinky Boots raises Atlanta up on their feet

Kinky Boots raises Atlanta up on their feet

In the town of Northampton, England, Charlie Price (Adam Kaplan) inherits the family-owned Price and Son shoe factory after his father’s death. While struggling to keep the business afloat, Charlie stumbles upon Lola (J. Harrison Ghee), a drag queen cabaret performer. Lola’s flashy outfits often require high heeled boots, and thus Charlie finds himself a new customer base. While working […]

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Alliance Theatre brings classic novel to life in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

Alliance Theatre brings classic novel to life in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

The Alliance Theatre’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe brings to life the classic novel in a production that transcends age. The play, based on the famous book by C. S. Lewis, tells the story of four children as they travel to the magical land of Narnia, which has been trapped in perpetual winter. Working with the wise lion […]

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‘Start Down’ opens up discussion on modern education

Start Down, which had its world premiere at the Alliance Theatre on Feb. 18 and will conclude its run March 6, is a humor-filled drama that discusses today’s approach to education, technology, and love. The play, written by Eleanor Burgess, was performed as part of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, which looks at plays from the nation’s leading MFA […]

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THE BIG EXAM: Senior Chloe Citron and junior Ben Grady talk in a scene where Vivian's former student gives her  pelvic exam.

“Wit” shows intelligence, poignancy and the power of words

  It isn’t surprising for a play about cancer to be moving, tragic and reflective. What can be a surprise, however, is for a cast of high school students to produce such a play with the amount of skill, sensitivity and understanding usually only apparent in professional theaters. Grady’s production of Wit, a play written by Inman Middle School teacher […]

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‘Memphis’ tears down the house

‘Memphis’ tears down the house

The musical, Memphis, depicts racial tensions through the lens of the city’s 1950’s music scene. While the integration of black and white styles of music was seen as taboo at the time, young, white and ignorant Huey Calhoun finds himself drawn to African American rock n’ roll. After falling for Felicia Delray, a charming African American singer, Huey begins to […]

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