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The Black-Jew Dialogues at 14th Street Playhouse

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“If there is a fork in the road, take it!” said Yogi Berra, those words of wisdom with many other from Elie Weisel, Mother Teresa, & Bill Cosby scrolled down the screen as you entered Stage 3 for one night showing, April 16, of The Black-Jew Dialogues at 14th Street Playhouse.

Two friends, Ron Jones and Larry Jay Tish have taken on the mission to create a forum where humor, poignant personal reflection, and skits enable their audiences to talk each other’s differences.

This funny show incorporates multi-media, puppets, and a wide cast of characters to share timely stories about today’s misconceptions on race.

This show has been on the road since 2007.  It starts off with a puppet interviewing people on the street and candidly asking their view of blacks & Jews.  What is interesting is that in a time where we would think equality ruled, with the first African American President in the White House, some stereotypes still exist.

The actors Jones and Tish do push the envelope to make the audience think.  They also are interactive where they create what is intended to be a funny bit.  One example was to put a photo on the big screen of a well-known person and the audience member decides “jew or not jew.”  What is interesting is what we associate with Jewish people is not often true.  Then the poor soul volunteer is able to take home a prize from the goodie bag. I won a can of cheese!

In the after show, they continued the dialogue and the audience carried a lively discussion. I asked what was the response from young people? They said that what they find is that today’s youths are so attached to their technologies that they are not accustomed to talk face to face. They will put a post on Facebook but not bring it up in the dialogue. So this program gets them to think. That particular day they were at the local Marist High School.

This show is extremely up close and personal but the humor makes for the perfect way to open up about stereo types and in the end reaffirm that we are more alike than different.

For more information, check out: www.TheBlackJewDialogues.com

 

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“A Christmas Carol” at Theatre in the Square Brings the Holiday Cheer!

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Nothing makes me feel more like Christmas is just around the corner than seeing a live performance of “A Christmas Carol.”  We have been fortunate to see it performed all over the country with highlights in Boston at the North Shore Music Theatre and now a wonderful performance at the resurrected Theatre in the Square!

The intimate theater is the perfect setting for a story this classic. Even if you are sitting in the back, you will still get a great view and feel the story just fine.

From the opening of the story, through the highly appreciated musical numbers, and a wonderful full cast finale, this adaptation is simply delightful.

The cast, comprised of some amazing local talent, is as good as they get! Some of the best and stand out performances go to Bruce Speer as Scrooge, Cindy Copeland  as Christmas Past, Vance West as Bob Cratchit and how could we leave out Davie DeWitt as Tiny Tim!

After the show we talked to the owner of the Theatre, Raul Thomas and he told us this. ” This adaptation by Director Tony Smithey he has been producing in a variety of forms for 18 years. Originally written to tour in schools the running time was about 55 min. With the addition of music and dancing it now runs about an hour and a half with the intermission.
In the production Tony has done a little fleshing out to Scrooge’s relationships with his Mother, his only friend Jacob Marley and his one and only true love Belle. ”

This is a must on our Holiday Fun list so get your tickets now HERE as it opens tonight!

 

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The New Theatre in the Square Marietta is Back and Better Than Ever!

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Three years ago one of my favorite local theaters took their final bow and closed up shop. Ever since I can I remember, I loved going to see performances at the Theatre on the Square in the beautiful Marietta Square. I can remember going to see some great Christmas shows with my parents and one of my favorites, the “1940’s Radio Hour”. Ahhh, the memories. But, it was all over in 2012.

Three years have come and gone and I spent two of those years in Boston and one in Florida, so imagine my delight to come back to Atlanta to find that the Theatre on the Square was revamped and ready to amaze again with great local talent.

We took a few minutes to get to know the lovely Roxanne Johnson of the Theatre and ask her a few questions.

Raul Thomas – Owner of Theatre on the Square

TBB: We are so excited that the beloved Theatre in the Square in Marietta is making it’s glorious comeback. Tell me about this revival, who is involved and what we can expect?

Roxanne: It was more than heart breaking to the community as a whole to see Theatre in the Square close up shop in 2012. Immediately seeing huge potential Raul Thomas; Executive Chef, Film Maker  and avid supporter of all the arts, took over the theatre in September of this year. From the community he hand picked a team of top notch creative and business professionals. We all quickly went to bring this sacred space back to it’s former glory.

   Wanting to court previous supporters of the theatre we offer through our resident company standards and favorites of the community. There will also be more contemporary entertainment offered as well as concerts and comedy and other events. The former green room has now been transformed into a small film and photography studio.

   The studio is available to the community. As well as classes for children and adults. We are already working closely with Marietta Middle School and Kennesaw State University. The ultimate goal is creating a multi-cultural center bringing entertainment and education to the area through art and theatre.  
   Information regarding what is currently running and what is coming up for us, as well as purchasing tickets can be found on our website HERE.

   After the 1st of the year we will be offering season tickets, flex tickets and reserved seating.

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Pure Magic! Cinderella at The Fox Theatre!

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Once upon a time, there lived a little girl who dreamed of happiness, played with her animal friends and loved her daddy.  She loved to pretend that she was the beautiful princess at a ball, dancing the night away. Yes, once upon a time.

As the years went by, the girl grew older but her dreams never died. She still loves her daddy, her animal friends and of course, dreams of happiness and princess gowns.

Last night, that little girl witnessed the most amazing thing! A true princess transform on stage and she knew that anything was possible! So, she began to dream some more!

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