The gorgeously renovated Strand Theatre is decorated in gold and crimson, with old-fashioned seats, a lobby chandelier, and retro plaster walls reminiscent of classic 1940s Hollywood theaters. Strand welcomes guests with its lit-up marquee, recalling the excitement our ancestors felt back when Chaplin vs. Kong was the biggest event of the year. Arrive 30 minutes prior to the 8 p.m. showtime for a pre-show organ sing-along, rousing the spirit of the silver screen. It's the ideal setting to see Tim Curry fight drag sharks.
The community-focused Theatre in the Square fetes playhouse enthusiasts with riveting tales from classic, modern, and local scribes. Bursting onto the 225-seat MainStage is The Little Foxes, a familial yarn about trickery surrounding a husband's fortune. Recommended for ages 14 and up, the story brims with deceit, humor, and the complicated trappings of family life, especially for siblings that have trouble sharing stage props. Meanwhile, Circle Mirror Transformation examines the inner workings of acting class participants as they delve into their created characters while excavating the artifacts of their own personality. An off-Broadway hit, the play provides theater-goers with an amusing peek into the intricately convoluted minds of scene crafters.
With today's side deal, $18 gets you a ticket to one of three upcoming shows at Atlanta Lyric Theatre (a $38.10 value). Performances are held within the beautiful renovated Art Deco atmosphere of the Strand Theatre in Marietta. Since 1980, Atlanta Lyric Theatre's professional musical productions have captivated the imaginations of toe-tappers, whistlers, and daydreamers. Choose one of the following shows:
Atlanta Dance's seasoned instructors lead all fitness levels through country western, swing, Latin, and ballroom dance styles in a flexible schedule of group classes. Students embark on an expedition to the pinnacle of grace during a four-week series of 50-minute sessions where experienced guides steer twinkle-toes through winding skill sets, building upon the previous session's moves and secret handshakes. Feet flow within a supportive environment, fostering steadfast rapports among pupils as they conquer salsa's six sultry maneuvers or pay homage to all-American ballroom routines in the foxtrot's intricate choreography. Superfluous curves flee from Zumba's Latin-inspired beats, which chisel abs as hard as diamonds and legs able to roundhouse-kick through a parking meter with heart-pumping swivels and energizing undulations.
The Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET) touches audiences and helps cultivate a strong artistic community through classic and contemporary shows. Under the direction of former Roswell native Don Farrell, GET's professional troupe of ribald line readers will perform a greatest-hits version of Forbidden Broadway, a Tony Honors–award recipient in 2006. For nearly three decades, audiences have sought treatment for excessively slapped knees and busted guts prompted by this constantly changing production's send up of the popular tunes and plot lines of Broadway shows past and present. Harmonizing humorists draw theater-goers to the edge of their orchestra seats with a medley of songs that roast The Lion King, Annie, Wicked, and other hits from the Great White Way.
Ballyhooed actor and comedian Kevin James takes a sabbatical from his big-screen antics to return to his roots for Kevin James Live. Having paid his dues in the nightclub trenches for more than 11 years, the charismatic comic rose to ubiquity with his Emmy-nominated work on the smash sitcom The King of Queens and in leading-man roles in movies such as Zookeeper and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Live, he unloads fresh musings and wry insight into bits ranging from relationship foibles to sports and fitness, all filtered through his gruff teddy-bear persona and everyman affability.