Today is Friday the 13th of December, 2019

Here's What's Opening this Week (12/12  - 12/22)


In Bethlehem Inn                 Lionheart Theatre Co                 12/13/2019 12/15/2019

Elf, Jr                          Act 3 Arts Academy                   12/13/2019 12/15/2019

The Bus Stops Here               Merely Players                       12/13/2019 12/15/2019

Holiday Inn                      City Springs Theatre Co              12/13/2019 12/22/2019

Christmas Tradition              Strand Theatre                       12/13/2019 12/22/2019

The Long Goodbye                 New African Grove Theatre            12/13/2019 12/22/2019

Ho Ho Home for the Holidays ...  Actor's Express                      12/13/2019 12/22/2019 


A Christmas Carol                Elm Street Cultural Arts Village     12/13/2019 12/24/2019 

A Tuna Christmas                 Georgia Ensemble Theatre             12/13/2019 12/29/2019

Ella Enchanted                   Synchronicity Theatre Co             12/13/2019   1/5/2020

Holiday Juggling Show            Aurora Children's Playhouse          12/14/2019 12/14/2019  (ONE DAY ONLY

Up on the Housetop               OnStage Atlanta                      12/16/2019 12/16/2019  (ONE DAY ONLY

Home For the Holidays            OnStage Atlanta                      12/17/2019 12/17/2019  (ONE DAY ONLY

Trouble in Toyland               Aurora Children's Playhouse          12/21/2019 (ONE DAY ONLY

Here's One That Slipped in Beneath our Play-dar:

Frosty!  A Very Merry Musical                New Theatre in the Square                12/5/2019 12/29/2019

Here's What's On-Going:

Cinnamon GRITS                    Art Station                          Runs Until 12/20/2019


Homicide for the Holidays        Laughing Matters                     Runs Until  12/21/2019

Christmas With the Crawfords     Out Front Theatre Co                  Runs Until 12/21/2019

Santa After Hours                Out of Box Theatre                    Runs Until 12/21/2019

Closed for the Holidays          Pumphouse Players                    Runs Until 12/21/2019

20th Century Blues               Live Arts Theatre                    Runs Until 12/21/2019

Merry Little Holiday Shorts      OnStage Atlanta           Runs Until 12/21/2019

A Christmas Carol                Theatre Buford                      Runs Until 12/22/2019

Christmas Belles                 New Dawn Theatre Co                   Runs Until 12/22/2019

A Christmas Carol     Aurora Theatre       Runs Until 12/22/2019

Dickens Christmas Carol ...      ACT1 Theater                          Runs Until 12/22/2019

A Christmas Story                Newnan Theatre Co                     Runs Until 12/22/2019

Sanders Family Christmas         Legacy Theatre                       Runs Until  12/22/2019​

Christmas Canteen 2019            Aurora Theatre                      Runs Until  12/23/2019

This Wonderful Life              Aurora Theatre                       Runs Until  12/23/2019

A Christmas Carol                Bulloch Hall Roswell                  Runs Until 12/23/2019

It's a Wonderful Life            OnStage Atlanta                       Runs Until 12/23/2019     (MAT ELIGIBLE)

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol   Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse      Runs Until 12/23/2019

Courtenay's Cabaret              Alliance Theatre                     Runs Until 12/24/2019

A Christmas Carol                 Alliance Theatre                    Runs Until  12/24/2019

Invasion: Christmas Carol        Dad's Garage                         Runs Until  12/28/2019

Waffle Palace Christmas          Horizon Theatre                     Runs Until  12/29/2019

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer     Center for Puppetry Arts     Runs Until 12/29/2019

The Wickhams:  Christmas at Pemberly     Theatrical Outfit            Runs Until 12/29/2019     (SUZI RECOMMENDED)

Madeline's Christmas             Horizon Theatre                       Runs Until 12/31/2019

Narnia                Serenbe Playhouse                     12/4/2019   1/12/2020

Here're Your Last Chance Plays   (Shows closing before 12/17):

A Very George Lucas Sketchmas    Sketchworks Comedy                    Runs Until 12/14/2019

Holiday Juggling Show            Aurora Children's Playhouse         12/14/2019  (ONE DAY ONLY

Another Night Before Christmas   Academy Theatre                       Runs Until 12/15/2019

Greetings!                       Cherokee Theatre Co                   Runs Until 12/15/2019

A Christmas Carol                School Street Playhouse              Runs Until  12/15/2019

A Seussified Christmas Carol     Henry Players                         Runs Until 12/15/2019

In Bethlehem Inn                 Lionheart Theatre Co                 Runs Until 12/15/2019

Elf, Jr                          Act 3 Arts Academy                   Runs Until 12/15/2019

The Bus Stops Here               Merely Players                       Runs Until  12/15/2019

The Pirates of Penzance          Then What                             Runs Until  12/16/2019

Up on the Housetop               OnStage Atlanta                      12/16/2019  (ONE DAY ONLY

Home For the Holidays            OnStage Atlanta                      12/17/2019  (ONE DAY ONLY

New Reviews This Week:    (Click on any to go to the review)

NARNIA     Serenbe Playhouse


 Click Here to See All Our Reviews for 2019.

A Christmas Carol
Adapted by Tony Brown
Directed by Justin Anderson
Starring Anthony Rodriguez

Since 2007 Anthony Rodriguez has been delighting audiences with an exhilarating one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Now is your last chance to see it or see it again as he returns for a limited 6-show engagement. Nestled in the intimate Aurora Studio, the theatre is transformed to make you feel as though Mr. Dickens has personally invited you into his parlor. Anthony will guide you through the traditional tale of Mr. Scrooge and single-handedly portray all of the beloved Dickens characters. At its heart, this rendition captures the true spirit of Christmas–the joy of giving.


The Holidays at

OnStage Atlanta


It's A Wonderful Life

Adapted by James W. Rogers

based on the film by Frank Capra


Directed by Cathe Hall Payne



The saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life. This faithful adaptation has all your favorite characters: George and Mary, Clarence, Uncle Billy, Violet, and, of course, the Scrooge-like villain, Mr. Potter. This fine dramatization not only celebrates the faith of the season, it also celebrates the American philosophy of life: hard work, fair play and the love and support of one's family and community will be rewarded.


Have yourself a merry little Christmas -- or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or whatever else you celebrate -- when our Merry Little Holiday Shorts return for your annual dose of seasonal cheer. Like a bowl of Chex Mix at a holiday party, this showcase features a diverse assortment of new and tasty theatrical treats, written by local and national playwrights.

Performance dates:
Wednesday December 11 and 18 at 7pm
Saturday December 14 and 21 at 3pm
Sunday December 15 at 7pm

The Plays:
"T'was the Day After Christmas" by Steven Korbar from San Juan Capistrano, CA
"Death of a Snowman" by Daniel Guyton from Fayetteville, GA
"The Goats of Christmas Present" by Peter Dakutis from Decatur, GA
"Don't Be a Scrooge" by James Ferguson from Plainville, MA
"The Sanity Clause" by Arianna Rose from Miami Beach, FL
"Uncle Charlie Sings" by Mark Harvey Levine from Indianapolis, IN
"Thanks, But No Thanks" by Roy Proctor from Richmond, VA
"Disneyland" by Scott Rousseau from Lilburn, Ga
"Most Wonderful" by Jennifer O'Grady from Pelham, NY

You already love your favorite holiday songs, so cozy up with Christmas classics performed by the best around at OnStage Atlanta. It's a lot better than hearing the tinny version on the radio.

Hosted by Olivia Ivey and Paul Tate, this warm winter cabaret has something festive for everyone.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Cookies are better with milk, trees look better with tinsel and carols sound sweeter when sung by children. These are the unofficial laws of Christmas, and you'll observe at least two of them in action when the talented young performers at OnStage Atlanta team up with some of the company's older members to present Up on the Housetop 2019, a fun-filled evening of holiday merriment for the whole family. Filled with beloved Christmas songs, humorous and heartwarming yuletide tales, and a visit by a very special guest from the North Pole, this entertaining holiday celebration is guaranteed to drive the bah-humbugs away and replace them with plenty of ho-ho-hos.

Monday, December 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Well, they're back.

We didn't even invite them.

They ignored the cease & desist.


Come on out this holiday season and get terribly offended, once again.

Leave the kids at home, Brenda.  We saw you sneak them in last year.  This ain't family friendly.



Santa's Helpers

You know -- the ones keeping tabs on your kids.

Dad's Garage Alerts you to the rapid approach of

Replace your regular holiday tradition with a Dad's Garage tradition – kicking classic theatre in the tookus! Once again, the award-winning Dad's Garage Ensemble will be skewering the quintessential Christmas play – A Christmas Carol. You'll see your favorite characters acting and improvising alongside some crazy guest invaders (like Mrs. Claus, Colonel Sanders, or a T-Rex) to create a whole new holiday experience right before your very eyes. Visited by a different character every performance (that is a complete surprise to the cast), you'll see Scrooge's past, present, and future unfold in a new way each night. 


Then What presents: Pirates Of Pensance
A punk rock LGBTQ+ version of Pirates of Penzance

Directed by: Charity Irby
Music directed/arranged by: Gamble

Show Dates:
Tuesday 12/9
Sunday 12/15
Monday 12/16

Doors @ 7:30pm // Show starts promptly @ 8:00pm


The Center for Puppetry Arts

Once Again Brings You Our Holiday Favorite

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Based on the classic television special
Adapted by Jon Ludwig; directed by Tim Sweeney

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and all elements © and ™ under license to Character Arts, LLC.

Nov 5–Dec 29 (No performances Nov 28 & Dec 25)

Ages 4+

Reduced-Price Previews Nov 5 & 6
No shows Nov 28 and Dec 25

Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday film that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends  (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster) take the stage. You won’t want to miss it!

“I can assure you that after one visit, seeing Rudolph at the Center for Puppetry Arts will become an annual tradition for you and the kids.”  -AJC.com

Learning Themes: Anti-bullying, self-discovery, winter holidays, music

Puppetry Style: Rod, Black Light, Body

Create-A-Puppet Workshop™: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ Shadow Puppet

Workshop Times: Times vary. Please wee Workshop Schedule tab for details.

Mainstage Theater

Running Time: ~1 hour - no intermission


Announcing an Atlanta Theatre Podcast

An Open Letter from Laurie Catherine Winkel:


Atlanta theatre friends,

I host a theatre podcast here in Atlanta called Never Say Macbeth.*

The gist of the podcast is, performer and tech friends (mostly locals) come on the show to tell their tales of crazy, unpredictable things that have happened onstage in past performances. Usually they're hilarious, but they can also be painful, uplifting, inspiring, cringeworthy, and cautionary.

Episodes have included guests who shot themselves point-blank, broke limbs, derailed entire shows with missed dialogue, failed a battle with their bodily functions onstage while hundreds gaped at them, and much more!

I have a handful of episodes in the bag but am always looking for new stories. Please PM me or email laurie.winks@gmail.com if you'd be willing to have me come to you with a microphone and have a fun chat (can bring wine/beer if desired;)

And if you're interested, please subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, and most podcast platforms.


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