Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Company J, Live Arts Theatre, Flickering Productions make entrances

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Despite the inclement weather for the arts, new theater companies are sprouting up in the Atlanta area.

Dunwoody's Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, former home to Jewish Theatre of the South and Center Theatre, inaugurates its latest theatrical group, Company J. Under producing artistic director Brian Kimmel, the company begins its 2011-2012 season with the smash hit Mel Brooks musical The Producers from Dec. 8-18. Productions include The Boychick Affair: The Bar Mitzvah of Harry Boychick (Feb. 9-12, 2012), which promises "an interactive Bar Mitzvah adventure" complete with meal; the lovely family musical A Year With Frog & Toad (May 9-13); and the musical youthquake Spring Awakening (Aug. 8-19).

Gwinnett County's Live Arts Theatre, under founder and artistic director Becca Parker, presents its second show, Don't Drink the Water, from Nov. 10-13 at Duluth's New Dawn Theatre. Woody Allen's stage comedy depicts a family of American tourists who wreak havoc at a U.S. embassy behind the Iron Curtain and features an ensemble that includes Steven Miller, Chuck Mason and Sherry Ingbritsen.

The new community theater Flickering Productions, under artistic director Chris Davis, makes its debut with The House of Yes (Nov. 3-19) at the former Blackwell Playhouse. Wendy Macleod's dark family comedy features Michelle Peck, Thomas Strickland, Lisa Clark, Adam Kelley and Stephanie Bullard. I'm not sure what to make of this video introduction for the play:

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