ArtsATL

Your Guide To The Arts In Atlanta

Every week, our editors and guest writers give you their top six picks for the weekend’s best shows. This weekend, a baker finds herself in matrimonial dilemma, and local barbers put down their scissors and pick up a mic. Also, be sure to check out our metro Atlanta theater map to see a full list of professional theaters by county.

Comedy

The Delray Diner, Atlanta’s Funniest Barber The funniest barbers in Atlanta will compete for a chance at professional comedy coaching and stage time. Comedian Josh Harris from StandUp NBC will host. June 1 at 11 p.m. 

*Spoken Word

Kat’s Cafe, Wish Wednesdays Open Mic: Poetry, Spoken Word, Neo Soul Every month, Wish Wednesdays features the city’s most soulful poets, spoken word artists and neo soul/acoustic musicians in a cozy, intimate setting. Hosted by Grey, with live music from the OTS Band. Relax on a sofa with a martini or enjoy a glass of wine in front of the fireplace. June 5 at 8 p.m.

Onstage Now

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.

Serenbe Playhouse, Ragtime In this beloved musical, three families navigate New York at the turn of the 20th century. Telling the diverse stories of African Americans, immigrants and the elite upper class, with a mix of real-life historical figures, Ragtime paints a canvas of a country on the verge of a new era. In a concept never seen before, this version will be reimagined in the style of vaudeville under a giant Atlantic City tent. Through June 9. 

Closing Soon

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. 

Aurora Theatre, Native Gardens Backyard banter becomes an all-out brawl in this comedy by Karen Zacarías. Longtime D.C. residents Frank and Virginia are preparing to win their garden club’s annual prize. Meanwhile, attorney Pablo and his pregnant wife Tania have just moved in next door and are scrambling to do yard work ahead of a backyard party. Everything’s coming up roses at first, but when the couples’ ambitions clash, they struggle to find common ground. Through June 2. 

*This event takes place the following week.