Every week, our editors and guest writers give you their top six picks for the weekend’s best shows. Be sure to check out our metro Atlanta theater map to see a full list of performance venues by county.
Atlanta Comedy Theater, Kenan Thompson’s Ultimate Comedy Experience SNL’s Kenan Thompson is giving kids and adults the opportunity to live their wildest dreams — performing onstage in New York. In this two-day comedy showcase, local comedians will be competing to make it to the big time. March 23–24.
Dad’s Garage, Phil LaMarr Weekend Voice-over actor and former Mad TV cast member Phil LaMarr stops by one of the city’s favorite comedy venues for an evening of games, hijinks and of course “Dungeons & Dragons.” March 22–23.
Serenbe Playhouse, Shenandoah In this Civil War musical, a father is faced with a tough choice when his son is caught up in the fractures of a divided country. Starring American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, this is certainly one for the history books. Through April 14.
Festival de Microteatro Aurora Theatre and Latinas Who Lead in Media have teamed up to bring two weekends of 15-minute plays by local Latinx playwrights to various venues around Atlanta. All written on the subject “The American Dream,” Festival de Microteatro promises to be a celebration of local talent and what it means to be an American. March 21–23 and March 28–30.
Alliance Theatre, Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous Atlanta’s own Pearl Cleage is back on the Alliance main stage with a new play about women in the arts. Anne and Betty are best friends and ex-patriots who return to the United States for an arts festival after 30 years of living abroad. However, they find that the country is quite different than it was in the ’70s. In this world premiere, Cleage explores aging art, generational differences among women and sustaining female friendships. Through April 14.
Horizon Theatre, Pipeline In this timely drama by MacArthur Genius Award-winner Dominique Morisseau, an inner-city school teacher faces a hard decision when her son is entangled in the school-to-prison pipeline. In 90 minutes, Morisseau masterfully explores parenting, private versus public schools and how everyone isn’t given the same start. Through April 21.