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The Fern Theatre presents The Baltimore Waltz

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Atlanta is a vibrant city that host many great theatre companies and a sign that it is thriving is the new companies that take hold and grow.

One such new kid on the block is The Fern Theatre, who is producing their second play The Baltimore Waltz at the 7Stages Black Box Stage.

The Fern Theatre Company is a theatre company whose mission is to tell a story in a minimal way. Why did they pick the fern as their symbol? Why not? The fern is a lustrous green plant that embodies sincerity, magic, fascination, and shelter. New companies are always fun to watch because they create plays outside the normal barriers and take risks.  They also are fertile grounds for the next generation of leading actors, the stars of tomorrow. You can one day say, “I saw them when.”

Eliana Marianes (Anna)

One actress whose star is on the rise is Eliana Marianes, who plays Anna in the current production of The Baltimore Waltz.  I have seen her in several plays and this one really showcases her mad skills to create a believable multi-dimensional character.  What I really enjoy in Eliana is that she can balance being serious and funny, a difficult transition where she is not afraid to expose her vulnerability and use her body language to breathe that character into life while adding a funny quirky twist.

The Baltimore Waltz is a really a tale about life, what do you want to do and why don’t you do it? Simply put: the internal struggle.  In The Baltimore Waltz, Anna (Eliana Marianes), a teacher, has an epiphany of her mortality; she realizes that she has not seen the world and her love life has been bleak.  She embarks on a journey with her brother Carl (Brandon Patrick), a mild mannered librarian, who accompanies her on this quixotic odyssey. Can our dreams become reality or is our reality only a dream?  The only truth is that we dance to the music of life and who doesn’t like the majestic sounds of a good waltz? Along the way, the characters spell out a multitude of universal truths.

The third man character (Stuart McDaniel) slides in and out as a multitude of characters. I simply lost count: from the French, Italian, German lover to the airport security guy to the man lurking in the corner watching while wiggling his bunny. Stuart’s energy and ability to change accent on a whim is a virtuoso of talent is fun to watch.

Directed by Doug Graham, The Baltimore Waltz is a one act show, but packs a punch of a tale. Produced by the Fern Theatre and written by Paula Vogel is playing at the 7 Stages Black Box through March 16.  For tickets and more info visit: www.TheFernTheatre.org

Next door on the 7Stages main stage, don’t miss out on Angry Fags written by Topher Payne who currently has a bit part in the hit movie Identity Thief.  Payne is award winning playwright and the play features former Q100 radio host Melissa Carter on stage. Get your tickets at: http://www.7stages.org/

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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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