William Faulkner's classic novel, AS I LAY DYING
, explores the dynamics of a poor, dysfunctional Southern family. What better way to emphasize the absurdity of the family's tragedy than with puppets? The Haverty Marionettes present the crew's odyssey Sun., SEPT. 9
, as it braves vultures, floods and more to fulfill a dying mother's wish – hauling her corpse to a far-away graveyard – while hoping to satisfy individual agendas along the way. Through Sept. 23. $12-$30. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. New Street Arts, East Decatur Station, 121 New St., No. 4. 404-822-8580. www.havertymarionettes.org.