I attended a little school in L.A.–no, not Los Angeles but Lower Alabama, Auburn University. I not only received a fine education but got schooled in Joys, the local dive bar.  Auburn had the Supper Club. Atlanta has many more.

In The Holidays with the Chalks at the Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff, you get to know the Chalk Sisters: Juldeen Chalk (Mary Brienza), Judelle Chalk (Kathryn Markey), and Belva Chalk (Leenya Rideout).

These three sisters got in a bit of trouble with the law so part of their sentence community service was to perform at Tubby’s, an Atlanta honky-tonk bar.

This is bit more eclectic than your typical holiday show, but you soon discover that there is love and celebration between them sisters that lights up the room.

The one liners come fast and furious, but the bar stays open during this one act show. No worry, there is plenty of PBR and spirits to quench any thirst during this celebratory night.

Musicians Bill Hatcher and Rick Hinkle play back up as the sisters compete to shine on stage.  One warning though: you might be pulled on stage to compete in one of their contest to showcase your hidden talents and a chance to spin the big prize wheel.

Don’t miss out on a chance to simply chill out during this hurried holiday season.  This is a fun show and has something for everybody.  Chalks is a sure winner.

Be sure to pick up a CD of these gals music and afterwards they will be glad to sign it and pose for a picture.

Directed by Susan Booth, The Holidays with the Chalks on the Hertz Stage at the Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff runs through December 23, 2012.

Mary Brienza (Judeen Chalk/Book, Music, & Lyrics)

Many wonderful and varied credits with The Chalks as co-creator, song writer, and alter ego Judeen Chalk including: “Premium Blend” (Comedy Central), sitcom pilot (Viacom & Lifetime Television), The Chalks: An American Family In 3 Chords (Bay Street Theatre), Toyota Comedy Festival, Marshall’s Women In Comedy Festival, 54 Below, Laurie Beechman Theatre, Catch a Rising Star, Westbeth Theatre Center, commercial CD release 3 Girls 3 Guitars 3 Chords (U.S. & international radio markets). Other NY theatre credits include: Leave It To Me, A Woman Possessed, Dance Dialogue Reflections, Girl Talk, Wall-To-Wall Broadway, performer and contributing writer with the long running political satire show, The Thalia Follies. Regional: 42nd Street, My One and Only, Mame. Film: Diary of a Mad Computer. Radio: Selected Shorts (NPR)


Kathryn Markey (Judelle Chalk/Book, Music, & Lyrics)

Besides crisscrossing the country and the airwaves as co-creator of the Chalks, Kathryn appeared on Broadway in 3 From Brooklyn and is a fixture at both The Thalia Follies at Symphony Space and the Broadway Playhouse series at Merkin Concert Hall. New York and regional credits include Bay Street Theater (American Family in 3 Chords,) Pennsylvania Stage (Beau Jest), Gayfest NYC (Jumping Blind,) Northern Stage (Dancing at Lughnasa, Parallel Lives), The Emelin (Dreamers & Demons,) Penguin Rep (Over The Tavern,) St. Michael’s Playhouse (Brighton Beach, Broadway Bound, Drowsy Chaperone) and Separation at the English Theatre of Stockholm. On-screen: “Law and Order,” “SVU,” “Premium Blend,” “All My Children,” “Filmic Achievement,” “DutchWestTV,” “CollegeHumor” & “Amateur Hour.” Radio/audio: “Rain” and Selected Shorts on NPR, Getting Lucky for audible books. Directing credits: Mason Street Warehouse, Saint Michael’s Playhouse, New London Barn, Merkin Hall and White Plains Performing Arts Center.


Leenya Rideout (Belva Chalk/Book, Music, & Lyrics)

Broadway: War Horse; Cyrano de Bergerac (w/ Kevin Kline); Company (Jenny); Cabaret (1998 revival, original cast). Off-Broadway: The Eternal Anniversary, 59 E. 59th St.-Summer Shorts Festival; Yiddle with a Fiddle, American Jewish Theatre; The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show, Melting Pot Theatre Company; and Cowgirls, Minetta Lane Theatre. Regional: Merrily We Roll Along (Gussie), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Cardenio, ART; Summer of 42, Mill Mountain Theater; The Canterbury Tales, Guthrie Theater; Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), North Carolina Theatre; Avenue X, Cincinnati Playhouse & Merrimack Repertory Theatre; Honky Tonk Highway, Florida Studio Theatre; Carousel (Julie), Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. International Tour: My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle). Film: Mona Lisa Smile; Loser; Bittersweet; The Singing Biologist. Television: Company (PBS); Cyrano de Bergerac (PBS); My Favorite Broadway (PBS); Nashville Star (USA Network); Jerry Lewis Telethon with The Chalks. Original songs available at iTunes and www.leenya.com. Love to Ted.


For show times and tickets visit: alliancetheatre.org