This weekend, local theater groups crack open a six-pack of productions ranging from old chestnuts to fresh cherries. Duluth's Aurora Theatre revives GOLDEN BOY
, a boxing drama by legendary playwright Clifford Odets, while the Center for Puppetry Arts' Bobby Box reaches further back into annals of American lit for his adaptation of TALES OF EDGAR ALLAN POE
. Want something a little more recent? Theatre Gael's A SKULL IN CONNEMARA
marks the third play in Martin McDonagh's scorching "Leenane" trilogy of Irish dark comedies, and David Lindsay-Abaire's WONDER OF THE WORLD
at Horizon Theatre finds off-beat humor on a trip to Niagara Falls. If you're jazzed by homegrown talent, Onstage Atlanta presents the bridesmaid comedy FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS
by former Mariettan and "Six Feet Under" creator Alan Ball, and Dad's Garage shines the spotlight on nine local theaters with its annual short-play festival 8 1/2 x 11
. Golden Boy: Jan. 24-Feb. 23; $16-$20; Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.; Aurora Theatre, 3087-B Main Street, Duluth; 770-476-7926; www.auroratheatre.com.
Tales of Edgar Allan Poe: Jan. 22-Feb. 2; $14-$20; Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m., Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 5 p.m.; Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St.; 404-873-3391; www.puppet.org.
A Skull in Connemara: Jan. 24-Feb. 16; $16-$20; Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 5 p.m.; Theatre Gael, 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St.; 404-876-9762; www.theatregael.com.
Wonder of the World: Jan. 24-March 9; $16-$25; Wed.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 3 and 8:30 p.m., Sun. 5 p.m.; Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave.; 404-584-7450; www.horizontheatre.com.
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress: Jan. 23-Feb. 15; $15-$18; Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 4 p.m.; Onstage Atlanta, 2597 N. Decatur Road; 404-897-1802; www.onstageatlanta.org.
8 1/2 x 11: Jan. 24-Feb. 22; $15-$20; Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St.; 404-523-3141; www.dadsgarage.com.
-- Curt Holman
Trip of a lifetime
The third annual Jewish Film Festival kicks off with the Atlanta premiere of Shalom Y'all JAN. 28. The feature documents the Jewish experience in the American South through the lens of filmmaker Brian Bain. A third-generation Southern Jew from New Orleans in search of his cultural roots, Bain takes to the road in a big old Caddie on a 4,200-mile quest. Along the way, he attends a Sandy Springs seder, visits the Varsity and meets many well-known Atlanta politicians . The festival continues through FEB. 2 with a lineup of comedies, documentaries and other features. Shalom Y'all screens at 7:30 p.m. $7 general admission; $25 opening night. Other times and locations vary. 404-949-0658. www.atlantajewishfilm.org.
-- Jerry Portwood
Come on, guys, you know you've been waiting for this. The Cincinnati Hysterical Society presents the Atlanta Pubic Theatre (no, that's not a typo) in PENIS DIALOGUES. The twisted brainchild of one Adam Antler, the touring production is a tongue-in-cheek response to Eve Ensler's popular The Vagina Monologues. The premise: A group of envious male performers snubbed in auditions for The Vagina Monologues (for obvious reasons) stage their own genitally obsessed series of comic skits, improv and songs. $12-$15; free for anyone with a Vagina Monologues ticket stub. Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Blank Stage Studios, 107 Luckie St., third floor. 404-222-9499.