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Every week, our editors and guest writers give you their top six picks for the weekend’s best shows. This weekend, musicals are center stage, and Serenbe offers a new take on the story of Pocahontas. Also, be sure to check out our metro Atlanta theater map to see a full list of professional theaters by county.

Staged Readings

Working Title Playwrights, Momma Karen wants to be a mother but can’t bear children. Parenthood is the furthest thing from Evelyn’s mind. When Karen casts a spell to make her dreams come true and Evelyn experiences an unexpected pregnancy, both must decide if they have what it takes to be called “Momma.” June 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alliance Theatre.

Onstage Now

Aurora Theatre, Newsies Back by popular demand, Aurora Theatre is remounting Disney’s Newsies for one night only. June 15 at 7 p.m. at Suwanee Town Center Park.

Synchronicity Theatre, Hands of Color A white man and the black man he called the police on switch bodies in this world-premiere drama. Bring your tissues and hold on to your seats. Through June 30.

Serenbe Playhouse, The True Story of Pocahontas When most people think of Pocahontas, they think of the Disney movie, but Serenbe has enlisted a Native American playwright and director to tell a different kind of story. Based on books and historical records, hear from Pocahontas in her own words just before she moves to England with her husband, John Rolfe. Through September 1.

Closing Soon

Stage Door Players, Ain’t Misbehavin Set to “Fats” Waller’s piano, this Tony Award-winning musical takes audiences to the hottest nightclub in town. Get ready to hear familiar songs like “Honeysuckle Rose,” “This Joint Is Jumpin’” and “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love.” Through June 16.

Horizon Theatre, The Cake Inspired by real-life headlines, this play finds Della at odds with her family and community when she refuses to bake a wedding cake for her best friend’s lesbian daughter. Written by Bekah Brunstetter — a former Alliance Theatre Kendeda Award nominee and current writer on NBC’s This Is Us — this play is sure to stay with audiences after the curtain closes. Through June 23.

Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Oliver! Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist. The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, discovers the true love of a family. Through June 23. 

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