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Hands of Color at Synchronicity Theatre
Justin Walker (left) and Enoch King in "Hands of Color" at Synchronicity Theatre, named outstanding world premiere. (Photo by Jerry Siegel)

Theater Best Bets: June 20–23

Every week, our editors and guest writers give you their top six picks for the weekend’s best shows. This weekend, a new play has a black man and a white man switch bodies. Plus, two nationally touring comedians make a stop in the A. Also, be sure to check out our metro Atlanta theater map to see a full list of professional theaters by county.


Laughing Skull Lounge, Ian Edwards Writer, actor and comedian Ian Edwards is taking over Laughing Skull for the weekend. Edwards has been a writer and consultant on SNL, The Boondocks, Black-ish and Two Broke Girls. His debut comedy album 100% Half Assed is out now on Conan O’Brien’s new record label, Team Coco Records. Through June 23.

Aurora Theatre, Henry Cho Comedian Henry Cho lands in Lawrenceville for the weekend. Audiences may recognize Cho from NBC’s Friday Night Videos and his one-hour Comedy Central special, What’s That Clickin’ Noise? June 22 at 7:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

Onstage now

Synchronicity TheatreHands 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 PlayhouseThe 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

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 TheatreOliver! 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.