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Theater season highlights movies-turned-musicals 

The Alliance Theatre Main Stage gives America the first look at the Broadway-bound musical The Color Purple (Sept. 9-Oct. 17), based on Alice Walker's acclaimed novel -- and Stephen Spielberg's famed movie -- about the tragedies and triumphs of an African-American woman. ... The trend of turning hit movies into stage musicals continues with Debbie Does Dallas, the regional premiere of the famed porno film, coming (and coming) to Dad's Garage Theatre Sept. 17-Oct. 23. ... Theatre Gael presents A Man of No Importance (Sept. 10-Oct. 17), Terrence McNally's musical version of the 1994 movie of the same name. Lawrence Salberg plays a Dublin bus conductor whose fascination with Oscar Wilde inspires an amateur production of Salome. ... To coincide with Importance, Theatre Gael presents Wilde, At Heart (Sept. 18-22), an evening of Wilde's fairy tales adapted by Atlanta playwright Evan Guilford-Blake. ... Debbie Does Dallas director Kate Warner looks at how the other half loves in Patricia Kane's Pulp, a cabaret-style musical inspired by the hard-boiled lesbian novels of the 1950s. Pulp plays at Actor's Express Nov. 4-Dec. 18. ... Horizon Theatre offers its own risque period-piece cabaret, Cafe Puttanesca (Oct. 15-Nov. 28), in which French, German and English prostitutes share bawdy songs and stories in 1948 Amsterdam. ... Experience one of the most horrific episodes in modern world history -- the 1994 Rwandan massacres -- through the eyes of a complicit nun in 7 Stages' world premiere of Erik Ehn's Maria Kizito (Sept. 30-Oct. 24). ... Actor's Express begins its season with a bang: the violent, X-rated comedy Killer Joe (Sept. 9-Oct. 16), about an assassin who targets Texas trailer trash. Playwright Tracy Letts penned the acclaimed New York drama Bug. ... For the Alliance Theatre Main Stage, artistic director Susan V. Booth directs The Fourth Wall (Oct. 27-Nov. 21), A.R. Gurney's urbane comedy about a suburban housewife whose decorating schemes call her sanity into question. ... The Alliance Hertz Stage unleashes Suzan Lori-Parks' sizzling Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of combative brothers, Top Dog/Underdog (Nov. 12-Dec. 19), with Kent Gash directing. ... Theatre in the Square's Alley Stage presents the world premiere of Urban Fairy Tale (Sept. 8-Oct. 3), an offbeat romance by Atlanta-based husband-and-wife playwriting team Philip Depoy and Lee Nowell. ... Synchronicity Performance Group's Language of Angels (Oct. 22-Nov. 21) by Naomi Iizuka sets a chilling ghost story in the Appalachian Mountains. ... The Center for Puppetry Arts gets creepy with Spooky Puppet: The Beginning (Oct. 13-30), a "prequel" to its annual adults-only Halloween show. ... In The Weird, playing Oct. 15-31 in Dad's Garage's Top Shelf space, Say You Love Satan playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa presents an evening of short, scary plays. ... Georgia Shakespeare Festival's Macbeth (Oct. 8-31) promises a hotter-than-usual take on the Scottish play with young actors Daniel May and Marni Penning playing the social climbing antiheroes. ... The acclaimed off-Broadway parody Matt and Ben: The Play, a fanciful goof on Matt Damon and Ben Affleck writing Good Will Hunting, comes to the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, Sept. 20-Oct. 3. Director Joe Gfaller inaugurates new theater troupe Savage Tree Arts Center with Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (Sept. 9-26) at 14th Street Playhouse. ... Oct. 28 through Nov. 13, Atlanta Classical Theatre stages a repertory of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams and I Am A Camera by John Van Druten and Christopher Isherwood, whose Berlin stories inspired Bob Fosse's musical Cabaret. ... Marcie Millard and Brandon O'Dell tuck into Das Barbecu;, a lighthearted, country-western version of Wagner's Ring cycle, at Aurora Theatre (Sept. 30-Oct. 24). ... Georgia Ensemble Theatre brings back Hugh Adams and Mark Pitt and the rest of the cast from last season's cheery Perfect Wedding for another farce, Don't Dress for Dinner (Sept. 9-26). ... Jewish Theatre of the South presents From Door to Door (Oct. 21-Nov. 14), a comedy about three generations of women in the same family from playwright James Sherman, writer of Beau Jest. ... The creators of Peachtree Battle debut a new locally themed comedy, A Sunday Afternoon at Loehmann's, Oct. 15 at the Peachtree Playhouse.
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