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Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Dad's Garage Theatre (Featured)

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Actor's Express Theatre Company (Featured)

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Actor's Express Theatre Company (Featured)
For 30 years, Actor's Express has been taking risks and breaking boundaries. They've always aimed high artistically and (almost) always meet or exceed audience expectations. Artistic director Freddie Ashley chooses challenging comedies, musicals, and dramas, and the directors he hires pull brave, gutsymore...
For 30 years, Actor's Express has been taking risks and breaking boundaries. They've always aimed high artistically and (almost) always meet or exceed audience expectations. Artistic director Freddie Ashley chooses challenging comedies, musicals, and dramas, and the directors he hires pull brave, gutsy performances from some of the best actors around. less...

Best theater company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
Dad's Garage Theatre (Featured)

Best theater company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dad's Garage Theatre (Featured)

Best theater company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dad's Garage Theatre (Featured)

Best theater company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dad's Garage Theatre (Featured)

Best theatre company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Twinhead Theatre

Best theater BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Alliance Theatre (Featured)
With a Tony in its knapsack, the biggest budget in town, and a faithful core audience, the Alliance Theatre certainly has huge advantages over all theaters in the city. But such achievements can also be heavy burdens. It would be easy for the theater to sit on its laurels and deliver the same repertoiremore...
With a Tony in its knapsack, the biggest budget in town, and a faithful core audience, the Alliance Theatre certainly has huge advantages over all theaters in the city. But such achievements can also be heavy burdens. It would be easy for the theater to sit on its laurels and deliver the same repertoire each season, but that's not what Atlanta gets from the Alliance. Artistic Director Susan V. Booth provides polish and daring in equal measure. The Alliance's Kendeda Graduate Playwright Competition cultivates young playwrights while smart productions like this year's Good People keep the audiences in the seats. less...

Best theater company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Theatrical Outfit, The Balzer Theater at Herren's (Featured)
Downtown Atlanta's Theatrical Outfit enters its 35th anniversary season on a roll, having staged one of the best plays in its recent history with Red. Artistic director Tom Key, normally the sunniest of actors, gave a moody, impassioned performance as painter Mark Rothko, with Jimi Kocina keeping upmore...
Downtown Atlanta's Theatrical Outfit enters its 35th anniversary season on a roll, having staged one of the best plays in its recent history with Red. Artistic director Tom Key, normally the sunniest of actors, gave a moody, impassioned performance as painter Mark Rothko, with Jimi Kocina keeping up as a hungry young apprentice eager to learn and to challenge the celebrity artist's ideas about creativity and integrity. On the other the side of the coin, the terrific family show A Wrinkle in Time offered a fusion of whimsical characters, imaginative design, and a potentially disturbing theme about the power of totalitarianism. Even such lesser shows as Freud's Last Session and the world premiere of The Green Book featured impeccable acting and a willingness to engage audiences with potent, heady ideas. The Outfit's home at the Balzer Theater gives theater fans the best reason to visit downtown. less...

Best rising theater company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
For a new company to produce a distinguished season at a time of crisis for Atlanta theater is an especially impressive feat. As established theaters are struggling financially or shuttering, Fabrefaction Theatre has managed to become a formidable presence. In its third season, the small theater in Westmore...
For a new company to produce a distinguished season at a time of crisis for Atlanta theater is an especially impressive feat. As established theaters are struggling financially or shuttering, Fabrefaction Theatre has managed to become a formidable presence. In its third season, the small theater in West Midtown, founded by Christina and Evelyn Hoff, showed its range in the 2011-2012 season with a bloody and creepy Sweeney Todd, a Christmas-themed Rocky Horror Show, a smart, witty, in-the-round Tartuffe, and a musical Titanic. Cool shows, snazzy lobby, educational programs, productions for kids, a great theater space, and a black box to boot. The whole package helped the theater solidify a faithful core audience while reaching out to new ones. less...

Best theatre company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dad's Garage Theatre (Featured)

Best theater company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Actor's Express Theatre Company (Featured)
An outpouring of support accompanied Actor's Express' S.O.S. fundraising drive this year, which indicates the fierce loyalty of the edgy playhouse's fans and the value of its mission. The theater has changed locations and leadership over its two and a half decades, but sustained its identity as Atlanta'smore...
An outpouring of support accompanied Actor's Express' S.O.S. fundraising drive this year, which indicates the fierce loyalty of the edgy playhouse's fans and the value of its mission. The theater has changed locations and leadership over its two and a half decades, but sustained its identity as Atlanta's most exciting playhouse. With impeccable recent productions including the insightful comedy Becky Shaw and the twisty musical See What I Wanna See, Actor's Express brings such intelligence and passion to its work that even its most challenging scripts become accessible. The company began its 24th season this fall with the hip rock show Spring Awakening. Here's hoping the youthful onstage energies will be matched by a resurgence of financial security. 887 W. Marietta St. 404-875-1606. actors-express.com. less...

Best rising theatre company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre (Featured)
Stage artists Grant McGowen and Bree Dawn Shannon co-founded Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre in New York in 2008 but brought the troupe's name with them when they relocated to Atlanta in 2010. Since last year's inaugural production of Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty, Pinch 'N' Ouch has set a high standardmore...
Stage artists Grant McGowen and Bree Dawn Shannon co-founded Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre in New York in 2008 but brought the troupe's name with them when they relocated to Atlanta in 2010. Since last year's inaugural production of Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty, Pinch 'N' Ouch has set a high standard in delivering impassioned productions of sharp, trendy scripts such as Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero and Stephen Belber's Tape. Named after a term coined by famed acting coach Sanford Meisner, Pinch 'N' Ouch nudges the Atlanta theater scene with its youthful enthusiasm. pnotheatre.org. less...

Theater company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dad's Garage Theatre (Featured)

Best theater company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dad's Garage Theatre (Featured)

Runner-up: The New American Shakespeare Tavern


499 Peachtree St., 404-874-5299, www.shakespearetavern.com

Best black box theater BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Dad's Garage Theatre (Featured)
An intimate venue even by the minuscule standards of black box spaces, DAD'S GARAGE TOP SHELF offers an incubator of raw local talent, notably Griefers, written by and starring Randy Havens and Christian Danley, as well as the latest work from artists such as Steve Yockey, Alison Hastings, Erin Burnettmore...
An intimate venue even by the minuscule standards of black box spaces, DAD'S GARAGE TOP SHELF offers an incubator of raw local talent, notably Griefers, written by and starring Randy Havens and Christian Danley, as well as the latest work from artists such as Steve Yockey, Alison Hastings, Erin Burnett and Matt Myers. Bonus: It's easy to drink beer there. 280 Elizabeth St., Suite C-101. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com. less...

Best theater company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Aurora Theatre (Featured)
Perhaps something's in the water in Lawrenceville. Since AURORA THEATRE debuted its new playhouse there in 2007, the once-tame suburban theater has seen increasing creative dividends. In the past season, Aurora debuted the Georgia Gwinnett College Lab Series of innovative scripts at its new black boxmore...
Perhaps something's in the water in Lawrenceville. Since AURORA THEATRE debuted its new playhouse there in 2007, the once-tame suburban theater has seen increasing creative dividends. In the past season, Aurora debuted the Georgia Gwinnett College Lab Series of innovative scripts at its new black box theater, where you can see the likes of the funny, quirky boom and the intriguing, upcoming The Circumference of a Squirrel, starring Daniel May. The programming has branched out from familiar theatrical warhorses and included such coups as the regional premiere of A Catered Affair with Glenn Rainey, and hit a high watermark with Tranced, a twisty political thriller on a par with the best work of Actor's Express, Horizon Theatre and Alliance Hertz Stage. Like Marietta's Theatre in the Square, Aurora strikes just the right balance between pleasing its audience and challenging its artists. 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. www.auroratheatre.com. less...

Best theater company BOA Award Winner

Georgia Shakespeare

Rich Pick: Best theater company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Georgia Shakespeare (Permanently Closed)
The spirit of “the show must go on” is alive and well at GEORGIA SHAKESPEARE. The economic downturn forced the company to cancel its annual...

Best theater company BOA Award Winner

Horizon Theatre

Best theater company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Horizon Theatre Company (Featured)
Runner-up Aurora Theatre 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville, 678-226-6222, www.auroratheatre.com

Best Theater BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Alliance Theatre (Featured)
As Atlanta's largest playhouse, the ALLIANCE THEATRE usually commands such big audiences and so many resources, it doesn't seem to need a boost from anywhere else. For the 2007-08 season, however, the Alliance refused to rest on such laurels as its 2007 Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre, and offeredmore...
As Atlanta's largest playhouse, the ALLIANCE THEATRE usually commands such big audiences and so many resources, it doesn't seem to need a boost from anywhere else. For the 2007-08 season, however, the Alliance refused to rest on such laurels as its 2007 Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre, and offered one of its most ambitious and satisfying slates in memory. Highlights included the luminous cabaret-style revue Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, the revisionist take on Greek mythology Eurydice, and artistic director Susan V. Booth's charged production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Doubt. Musicals such as The Women of Brewster Place and Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies offered plenty of flash, while the world premiere of In the Red and Brown Water turned out to be the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition's best discovery yet. The 2008-09 season looks to be even more eventful. less...

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Dad's Garage

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dad's Garage Theatre (Featured)

Best Feather in a Theater's Cap BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Alliance Theatre (Featured)
National arts journalists often write about Atlanta as a "rising' theater city, as if we’re always on the cusp of living up to our creative potential, without quite sealing the deal. Then came THE ALLIANCE THEATRE'S TONY AWARD, in which the city received some long-deserved affirmation with themore...
National arts journalists often write about Atlanta as a "rising' theater city, as if we’re always on the cusp of living up to our creative potential, without quite sealing the deal. Then came THE ALLIANCE THEATRE'S TONY AWARD, in which the city received some long-deserved affirmation with the Regional Theatre Tony Award, presented for 31 years to "a professional, nonprofit regional theater that has established a consistent level of artistic excellence contributing to the growth of theater nationally." Artistic director Susan V. Booth dubbed the honor the theater's version of "The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" and shared it with the Alliance past and present staff, patrons, audience and the city as a whole. Next stop: the People's Choice Award! less...

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Theatrical Outfit, The Balzer Theater at Herren's (Featured)
Since opening the Balzer Theater at the old Herren's Restaurant space alongside the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, THEATRICAL OUTFIT has proven itself the best place in town to see a play. The Outfit originally relied heavily on theatrical chestnuts after making the risky move downtown, but hasmore...
Since opening the Balzer Theater at the old Herren's Restaurant space alongside the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, THEATRICAL OUTFIT has proven itself the best place in town to see a play. The Outfit originally relied heavily on theatrical chestnuts after making the risky move downtown, but has since presented increasingly daring and intriguing choices, particularly in the 2006-07 season. Shows such as Waiting to be Invited and Shiloh Rules addressed such eternal Southern themes as segregation and the Civil War from original perspectives, while The God Committee offered the kind of crackling, real-time excitement only live theater can provide. Is it worth the effort of going downtown? The answer is a resounding "Yes!" less...

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dad's Garage Theatre (Featured)

Trendy: Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Theatrical Outfit, The Balzer Theater at Herren's (Featured)
Since opening the Balzer Theater at the old Herren’s Restaurant space alongside the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, THEATRICAL OUTFIT has proven itself the best place in town to see a play. The Outfit originally relied heavily on theatrical chestnuts after making the risky move downtown,more...
Since opening the Balzer Theater at the old Herren’s Restaurant space alongside the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, THEATRICAL OUTFIT has proven itself the best place in town to see a play. The Outfit originally relied heavily on theatrical chestnuts after making the risky move downtown, but has since presented increasingly daring and intriguing choices, particularly in the 2006-07 season. Shows such as Waiting to be Invited and Shiloh Rules addressed such eternal Southern themes as segregation and the Civil War from original perspectives, while The God Committee offered the kind of crackling, real-time excitement only live theater can provide. Is it worth the effort of going downtown? The answer is a resounding “Yes!” less...

Best Feather in a Theater's Cap BOA Award Winner

Alliance Theatre (Featured)
1280 Peachtree St. Woodruff Arts Center 404-733-5000 http://www.alliancetheatre.org National arts journalists often write about Atlanta as a

Best Theater BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
After 25 years of solid, occasionally controversial work, the Marietta playhouse THEATRE IN THE SQUARE has perfected the formula to meet its artistic and commercial needs. Each season, the company strikes a nearly perfect balance of fresh interpretations of theatrical chestnuts (like Bus Stop), new playsmore...
After 25 years of solid, occasionally controversial work, the Marietta playhouse THEATRE IN THE SQUARE has perfected the formula to meet its artistic and commercial needs. Each season, the company strikes a nearly perfect balance of fresh interpretations of theatrical chestnuts (like Bus Stop), new plays about Southern life (Turned Funny) and, primarily in its smaller Alley Stage, edgy, relevant productions (Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth and Dael Orlandersmith’s incendiary Yellowman). Theatre in the Square isn’t just a role model for other outside-the-Perimeter playhouses; it can teach Atlanta’s hipster theaters a thing or two as well. less...

Best Theatrical Makeover (Cosmetic) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
The New American Shakespeare Tavern

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Whole World Improv Theatre Co

Best Theatrical Makeover (Mission) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Theatre Decatur (Permanently Closed)
After 27 years, Neighborhood Playhouse made a bid to move beyond its often wheezy, predictable fare by changing its name to THEATRE DECATUR and by programming an intriguing slate of ambitious shows. The lineup includes Terence McNally’s passage to India, A Perfect Ganesh, and two works by playwright-in-residencemore...
After 27 years, Neighborhood Playhouse made a bid to move beyond its often wheezy, predictable fare by changing its name to THEATRE DECATUR and by programming an intriguing slate of ambitious shows. The lineup includes Terence McNally’s passage to India, A Perfect Ganesh, and two works by playwright-in-residence Patrick Cuccaro, A Perfect Order and the upcoming holiday show The Third Howl. Theatre Decatur leaves room for old standbys like The Importance of Being Earnest, but seems sincere in its embrace of more exciting plays. More power to them. less...

Best Theater BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Actor's Express
For its second full year under artistic director Jasson Minadakis, ACTOR’S EXPRESS lived up to its rep as Atlanta’s most vital theatrical venue. Bookended by the darkly comic Killer Joe (the season’s most delightfully disturbing play) and the more challenging examination ofmore...

For its second full year under artistic director Jasson Minadakis, ACTOR’S EXPRESS lived up to its rep as Atlanta’s most vital theatrical venue. Bookended by the darkly comic Killer Joe (the season’s most delightfully disturbing play) and the more challenging examination of Southern character, Hazard County, Actor’s Express produced the plays most likely to start arguments — in a good way. Even the shows that didn’t quite click, like The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, had more ambition and ideas than most other playhouses’ best successes.
887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-10. 404-607-7469. www.actorsexpress.com.

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Best New Play Incubator BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Alliance Theatre (Featured)
You usually see hot new plays emerge from little black box theaters, not a city’s biggest playhouse. But this year, the ALLIANCE THEATRE served as a launching pad for two big, Broadway-bound, Southern-themed world premieres: The Color Purple musical and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. Plus, thanksmore...

You usually see hot new plays emerge from little black box theaters, not a city’s biggest playhouse. But this year, the ALLIANCE THEATRE served as a launching pad for two big, Broadway-bound, Southern-themed world premieres: The Color Purple musical and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. Plus, thanks to a $1.5 million gift from the Kendeda Fund, the Alliance permanently established its Graduate Playwriting Competition to develop bold new works like the Cuban melodrama Day of the Kings. The Alliance did more than pay lip service to the idea that new plays deserve resources.
1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.alliancetheatre.org.

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Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse (Featured)

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

The New American Shakespeare Tavern

Best Place to See a Play BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Balzer Theatre
The Atlanta theater scene’s most impressive newcomer of the past year wasn’t a person but a place. Theatrical Outfit’s new permanent home, the 200-seat BALZER THEATRE, boasts a slick art deco design, a huge stage, a great sound system and not a bad seat in the house. The Balzermore...

The Atlanta theater scene’s most impressive newcomer of the past year wasn’t a person but a place. Theatrical Outfit’s new permanent home, the 200-seat BALZER THEATRE, boasts a slick art deco design, a huge stage, a great sound system and not a bad seat in the house. The Balzer Theatre gives skittish audiences more than enough reason to venture downtown so long as Theatrical Outfit stages shows such as Hank Williams: Lost Highway that live up to it.
84 Luckie St. 404-651-4727. www.theatricaloutfit.org.

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Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
7 Stages
Despite being a playhouse that specializes in avant-garde work, 7 STAGES enjoyed one of its finest seasons by emphasizing classics, including a definitive version of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot", starring Don Finney and artistic director Del Hamilton. The theater also staged creative versionsmore...
Despite being a playhouse that specializes in avant-garde work, 7 STAGES enjoyed one of its finest seasons by emphasizing classics, including a definitive version of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot", starring Don Finney and artistic director Del Hamilton. The theater also staged creative versions of Ionesco's "The Chairs" and Athol Fugard's "MASTER HAROLD ... and the boys", and debuted the new play, "Iphegenia Crash-Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart", a head-spinning hybrid of Greek tragedy, Latin-American politics and rave culture. 7 Stages just started celebrating its 25th anniversary season, but faces a challenge in topping the last one. "1105 Euclid Ave., 404-523-7647. www.7stages.org" less...

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dad's Garage

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Dad's Garage Theatre
The 2002-03 season was good artistically for DAD'S GARAGE THEATRE, featuring two of the company's best-ever shows: "43 Plays About 43 Presidents" and "Bat Boy: The Musical". It also established the young, scrappy Inman Park theater as a lightning rod for creative commitment, goofy energy and unusualmore...
The 2002-03 season was good artistically for DAD'S GARAGE THEATRE, featuring two of the company's best-ever shows: "43 Plays About 43 Presidents" and "Bat Boy: The Musical". It also established the young, scrappy Inman Park theater as a lightning rod for creative commitment, goofy energy and unusual attention. Jimmy Carter himself attended "43 Presidents", while Archie Comics sent a cease-and-desist letter for the satire "Archie's Weird Fantasy" (reworked as "Weird Comic Book Fantasy"). The summer's late-night improvised play "The Kobe Bryant Project" debuted only days before the basketball player's legal troubles broke. In showing audiences a good time, Dad's Garage has been ahead of the curve. "280 Elizabeth St., 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com" less...

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dad's Garage

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Dad's Garage Theatre (Featured)

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Horizon Theatre
Little Five Points' HORIZON THEATRE may have hit on an equation for artistic and popular satisfaction. Artistic directors Lisa and Jeff Adler stage smart contemporary scripts like "Boy Gets Girl" and the sublime "Madame Melville", seek the hits of the future with the New South for the New Century Playmore...

Little Five Points' HORIZON THEATRE may have hit on an equation for artistic and popular satisfaction. Artistic directors Lisa and Jeff Adler stage smart contemporary scripts like "Boy Gets Girl" and the sublime "Madame Melville", seek the hits of the future with the New South for the New Century Play Festival, and subsidize the New South event with revivals of hits like "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change". Here's hoping the winning formula lasts.


"1083 Austin Ave. 404-584-7450. www.horizontheatre.com."

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7 Stages
1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647 www.7stages.org. For more than 20 years, 7 Stages has taken more risks than any other Atlanta theater, with artistic director Del Hamilton moving headlong where other playhouses fear to tread. The past season was a representative year, featuring shows that moved and astonishedmore...
1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647 www.7stages.org. For more than 20 years, 7 Stages has taken more risks than any other Atlanta theater, with artistic director Del Hamilton moving headlong where other playhouses fear to tread. The past season was a representative year, featuring shows that moved and astonished ("Sweat"), shows that baffled and perplexed (Jim Grimsley's "In Berlin") and one that did both at once ("Black Battles With Dogs," starring Ism'il Ibn-Conner, pictured). What's more, 7 Stages balances neighborhood with global concerns, exploring contemporary themes with both international artists and such homegrown talents as Grimsley, Rebecca Ranson and the exuberant Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. less...

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dad's Garage Theatre (Featured)
Dad's Garage can be as much funhouse as playhouse, with its regular troupe apparently willing to go to any length to amuse and engage its increasingly loyal audience. With a friendly vibe and beer flowing freely, it's a place where you're more likely to see Charlie Brown caught in The Matrix than a classicalmore...
Dad's Garage can be as much funhouse as playhouse, with its regular troupe apparently willing to go to any length to amuse and engage its increasingly loyal audience. With a friendly vibe and beer flowing freely, it's a place where you're more likely to see Charlie Brown caught in The Matrix than a classical idea of theater. This year has seen it extend its reach with the world premiere of a comedy by Monty Python's late Graham Chapman and the elaborate, tooth-loosening fights and chases of Action Movie: The Play. less...

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Georgia Shakespeare Festival
Having traded its tent for a permanent theater a few years ago, the impeccably professional and consistent Georgia Shakespeare Festival's only downside now is that it doesn't produce more often. With its summer program having been expanded into the fall and winter, GSF can serve Shakespeare straightmore...
Having traded its tent for a permanent theater a few years ago, the impeccably professional and consistent Georgia Shakespeare Festival's only downside now is that it doesn't produce more often. With its summer program having been expanded into the fall and winter, GSF can serve Shakespeare straight up (consider its recent Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night) or take a concept and run with it, such as Shrew: The Holiday Musical or its modern-dress Richard II. less...

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