Every week, our editors and guest writers give you their top six picks for the weekend’s best shows. This weekend, big names in comedy perform at secret locations, and spoken word meets museums.
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Mystery Location in Old Fourth Ward, Don’t Tell Comedy In this national comedy sensation, top-notch comedians perform in a secret, Instagram-able location. Purchase a ticket and then receive an email at noon on the day of the show with the location. BYOB. May 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Aurora Theatre, Memorial Day Weekend Comedy Spectacular Jeff Shaw headlines this weekend of hilarious comics in the suburbs. Shaw has been touring for 30 years and helped launch the Punchliner Comedy Club for Carnival Cruise Line. The show will feature Travis Jones, an Atlanta favorite, and the return of Kelly Spillman, an Aurora Comedy Nights regular who has been plying her trade in Los Angeles for the past few years. May 24 and 25.
Museum of Design Atlanta, Nobody Likes Us, But We’re Here Anyway Join Ryan J and Nate Mask, the award-winning spoken word artists who tour as “Nobody Likes Us, But We’re Here Anyway,” for an evening of poetry and spoken word. Before the show, check out the Passione Italiana: The Art of Espresso exhibition. May 23 at 7 p.m.
Dad’s Garage, Ad Nauseam In this alternate view of the 1960s, Mad Women run the world of advertising on Madi-daughter Avenue instead of Mad Men. Phil O’Harriet, a 20-something secretary with a dream of becoming a copywriter, is struggling to climb up the ladder of success. He yearns to become part of Reine and Rankle’s creative advertising agency team, but his hot-shot boss Trudy Femster stands between him and that goal. Can they find equality in a world dictated by gender roles and midafternoon martinis? Through June 1.
Alliance Theatre, Ride the Cyclone In this zany, fun musical, the Saint Cassian High School Chamber Choir boards the Cyclone roller coaster at 6:17 p.m., dying minutes later when the front axle breaks, sending them to their tragic demise. When they awake in a strange purgatory, a mechanical fortune teller invites each to tell the story of a life interrupted, with the promise of a prize like no other — a chance for one of them to return to life. Through May 26.
Center for Puppetry Arts, Harold and the Purple Crayon Based on the beloved children’s books, this new puppet show incorporates technology for an almost 4-D experience. Through the use of projections and black lights, the puppeteers at the Center for Puppetry Arts create a visual experience that delights kids of all ages. Through May 26.