I must admit it took me a minute to stew on what I experienced in Angry Fags at 7Stages. Written by Topher Payne it mixes politics, activism, and comedy.
Most minority groups struggle as they evolve into an organized forced of change and enter the main stream. We are a nation that is now a majority minority so it is happening everywhere. This can be seen in the LGBT community, they are evolving into the mainstream and when President Obama mention them in is his second inauguration address when he said, “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well” shows that gays are finally reaching acceptance. Who am I to tell someone who he or she can love.
What is interesting though, is that these minority groups also face an internal type of cannibalism, where the members are divisive among themselves.
In Angry Fags you get a peek into this scenario. After a hate crime, two renegade gay men go on a spree to bring to light this injustice.
Cooper (Johnny Drago) and Bennett (Jacob York) join forces. In comes State Senator Allison Haines (Melissa Carter) who is openly gay and has been forced to change her political rhetoric in a more mainstream political dialogue. All of a sudden in comes political challenger Peggy Musgrove (Marcie Millard) who is hot on the campaign trail.
Directed by Justin Anderson Angry Fags is set in three acts and covers this shift of this group of gays from fight to be part of the system to now working outside and creating their own system of justice.
It was interesting to watch former Q100 radio host Melissa Carter from the Bert Show as she played the State Senator and made for a believable on stage role after all those years behind the microphone.
This story could tighten up a bit from its three act form. But it was splendid to see the talented Johnny Drago play opposite of the virtuoso Jacob York who around town moves from acting in Shakespeare to Atlanta Tweenagers in a single bound.
A different twist from playwright efficacious Southern writer Topher Payne, Angry Fags takes you on one heck of an adventure.
Angry Fags runs through March 17 at 7Stages, for information visit: http://www.7stages.org/ or call 404.523.7647.
“A Christmas Carol” at Theatre in the Square Brings the Holiday Cheer!
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!
The New Theatre in the Square Marietta is Back and Better Than Ever!
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.
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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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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