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Apples and Oranges at the Alliance Theatre

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I often refer to my sibling as brother in conversation, according to Dr. Betty Siegel, a friend and psychologist this statement “brother” signals that I have more intimate relationship with him than simply calling him by his name David.

In our lives, besides our parents, our siblings are most likely the individuals that have known us the longest.  They transcend our lives from our youths to present day. But often we take these brothers and sisters for granted without appreciating the shared blood and shared experiences.

In Apples and Oranges at the Hertz Stage at the Alliance Theatre, Carl (Tony Carlin) and Marie (Patricia Richardson) live as far away physically and emotionally as possible. Carl is an apple farmer in Washington State and Marie is a writer in New York City.  They both see the world in different lights and move at different paces.  Marie has a stable family life with husband and daughter in the big busy city whereas Carl lives in a hotel and has a fast-moving revolving door of “lady” friends in the quiet country.

The title of the play comes from what their mother often referred to their distinct contrast in describing them as “apples & oranges” when they were kids.

Patricia Richardson and Tony Carlin in the Alliance Theatre world premiere production of Apples & Oranges, by Alfred Uhry. October 5-28, 2012. Photo by Greg Mooney.

All this changes one day, when Carl reaches to Marie and opens up about his quest to harvest the perfect “apple”, this revelations causes a ripple that transforms their relationship and touches on the shifting waves of life, love, and family.

Apples & Oranges is a one-act production that brings a tender story of siblings, the frailty of life, and the delicacy of a good apple.

A star in her own right Patricia Richardson (Marie) is known from her television and movie roles from the super mom in “Home Improvement” or as Alan Alda’s chief of staff on “The West Wing”.  Tony Carlin (Carl) also has a long list of television and Broadway credits. They both bring to the stage a believable dynamic of the tender love of a brother and sister and the equally turbulent differences.

Apples & Oranges’ playwright is Alfred Uhry, best known by his play, Driving Miss Daisy. This is his third work at the alliance, the other being The Last Night of Ballyhoo which won a 1997 Tony Award for best play.

Don’t miss out on a world premiere of Apples & Oranges at the Hertz Stage at the Alliance Stage at the Woodruff running through October 28, 2012.

For tickets and information visit: www.AllianceTheatre.org or call (404)733-5000.

 

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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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