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ALADDIN The story adapted from the 1,001 Arabian Nights employs puppets, including found object puppets, to tell the well-known story. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. Through Dec. 16. Tues.-Fri. 10 & 11:30 a.m.; Sat. 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.; Sun. noon & 2 p.m. $10. 404-873-3391.
BALD GRACE Theatre Gael presents a play about a pirate queen who ruled the West of Ireland in the late 16th century. 14th St. Playhouse, 173 14th St. Through Oct. 4. 8 p.m. $10. 678-589-5357.
BELOW THE BELT Richard Dresser's absurdist comedy takes a shot at corporate politics. Hertz Stage at the Alliance Theater, 1280 Peachtree Road. Through Oct. 14. Tues.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 2:30 p.m. $24-$30. 404-733-5000.
CHERRY DOCS Southeastern premiere of this drama examining hatred, justice and forgiveness in the courtroom presented by Theatrical Outfit. Rialto Center for Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St. Through Oct. 7. Tues.-Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 p.m. $12-$50. 404-651-4727.
CLOSER Rogue Planet's production of Patrick Marber's story of four strangers who meet and fall in love. Contains stong, adult language. Art Farm, 835 Wylie St., Cabbagetown. Through Oct. 14. Thurs.-Sun. 8 p.m. $10-$12. 404-627-6160.
FULLY COMMITTED Bill Murphey in this comedic one-man show written by Becky Mode about an out-of-work actor as a receptionist at a swank NY restaurant. Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave. Through Oct. 7. Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 & 7 p.m. $10-$15. 770-422-8369.
LARAMIE PROJECT This theatrical documentary is based on interviews with residents of Laramie, Wyoming in the year and a half following the murder of Matthew Shepard. Actor's Express, King Plow Arts Center, 887 W. Marietta St. Through Oct. 20. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 5 p.m. $20-$25. 404-607-7469.
PEACHTREE BATTLE World premiere of comedy/drama centering on a blueblood, Buckhead wedding. Peachtree Playhouse, 878 Peachtree St. Through Nov. 4. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 7 p.m. $20. 404-875-1193.
PEER GYNT PushPush Theater presents Henrik Ibsen's least produced drama in an Atlanta premiere. Two-part series can be seen on two consecutive weekday or weekend evenings. 1123 Zonolite Road. Through Oct. 7. Tues.-Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 5 p.m. $35 for both performances. 404-892-7876.
SAY YOU LOVE SATAN World premiere of the romantic comedy by Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa about a boy and his boyfriend, the son of Satan. 280 Elizabeth St. Through Oct. 20. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 5 p.m. $15. 404-523-3141.
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION Neighborhood Playhouse presents Agatha Christie's classic mystery. 430 W. Trinity Place, Decatur. Through Oct. 14. Thurs-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. $12-$18. 404-373-5311.
Visual arts: openings
FIRST THURSDAYS The Downtown Arts Coalition hosts this event that includes 18 galleries and restaurants. Call for times and details. Oct. 4, Nov. 1. 5-9 p.m. Free. 404-577-0330.
APACHE CAFE Exhibit of Bwana Jackson's paintings. Opening reception Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. 64 3rd St. Oct. 8-14. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 404-876-5436.
ATLANTA PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP GALLERY Fay Gold Selects, exhibit juried by Fay Gold features over 50 prints. Part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Opening reception Oct. 5, 7:30-10 p.m. 660 9th St. Oct. 5-Nov. 9. Wed.-Sat. noon-4 p.m. 404-877-1144.
BALLROOM STUDIOS Made Manifest: in memory of Michael Venezia, exhibit features George Byan, Heather Babout, Martha Ebner, Terri Dilling, Mary Carmichael, Anita Stewart, Margaret Reneke and Danny Schnitzlein. Opening reception Oct. 6, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 6-28. Sat.-Sun. noon-4 p.m. 404-522-2709.
BELVEDERE Julius Shulman Architectural Photographs, exhibit of the architectural photographer's work showin conjunction with Jackson Fine Art for Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Opening reception Oct. 9, 6-9 p.m. Westside complex, 1200 Howell Mill Road. Oct. 9-Nov. 25. Tues.-Fri. 11-5 p.m; Sat. noon-5 p.m. 404-352-1942.
CITY GALLERY CHASTAIN Red Lotus: A Rare Look into the Work of Seven Contemporary Vietnamese-American Artists, multi-media exhibit including Dinh Q. Le, Tam Van Tran and T. Kim-Trang. Opening reception Oct. 5, 6-9 p.m. 135 Wieuca Road, inside Chastain Park. Oct. 5-Nov. 30. Mon.-Fri. 1-5 p.m. 404-257-1804.
DARIOUS & STORY ART GALLERY In the Dark, exhibit features photographic images by Women in Focus in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography. 3255 Peachtree Road. Through Oct. 26. 404-240-0540.
ERIKA READE, LTD. Emerging Southern Artists Show, exhibit presented by Anne Irwin Fine Art. Opening reception Oct. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 3732 Roswell Road. Oct. 4-12. 404-352-1855.
GALLERY SKLO Terrain Vague, exhibit of Robert Bubp's work. Opening reception Oct. 5, 6-9 p.m. 75 Bennett St. Oct. 6-27. Tues.-Sat. 11-6 p.m. 404-350-9763.
GSU SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN GALLERIES Seewee to Santee, exhibit of Bernadette Humphrey's photographs of S. Carolina. Lunch: A Psychic Landscape, Sheila Swifts photos. Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Opening reception Oct. 4, 5-9 p.m. Corner of Peachtree & Gilmer St. Oct. 4-26. Mon.-Fri. 10-6 p.m. 404-651-0489.