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Best Play BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
Brooklyn Boy

Best Theater Premiere BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Tales of Edgar Allen Poe
Sometimes the Center for Puppetry Arts feels less like a playhouse than a haunted house. Spooky stuff seems to get the puppeteers’ creative juices flowing, notably with last year’s delightful Halloween show The Ghastly Dreadfuls’ Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiositiesmore...

Sometimes the Center for Puppetry Arts feels less like a playhouse than a haunted house. Spooky stuff seems to get the puppeteers’ creative juices flowing, notably with last year’s delightful Halloween show The Ghastly Dreadfuls’ Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities (to be remounted this year). Even more impressive, though, was Bobby Box’s macabre tour through the work of one of America’s most famous writers in TALES OF EDGAR ALLEN POE. Staged in January, the production captured the rolling cadences of Poe’s verse and the grisly punch lines of his most notorious stories, while the sets and puppet designs offered gothic splendors like you’ve never seen. The play ended with a pair of blood-drenched hands, brought together to represent the fiendish fowl from “The Raven,” in a macabre image that was the stuff of nightmares.


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Best Theatre Premiere BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
Jerry's Habima Theatre

Best New Takes on David Mamet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Neal Ghant
In David Mamet's crass classic Glengarry Glen Ross, Ricky Roma rules the roost as the alpha male real-estate salesman. Roma's been famously portrayed by such tough Italian-Americans as Joe Mantegna and Al Pacino. At the Alliance Hertz Stage's production of Glengarry Glen Ross, African-American actormore...
In David Mamet's crass classic Glengarry Glen Ross, Ricky Roma rules the roost as the alpha male real-estate salesman. Roma's been famously portrayed by such tough Italian-Americans as Joe Mantegna and Al Pacino. At the Alliance Hertz Stage's production of Glengarry Glen Ross, African-American actor NEAL GHANT redefined the role, embodying the character's challenge to the old-guard power structure without ever making the casting seem like a gimmick. Ghant played another young Turk in Mamet's comedy A Life in the Theatre for Theatre in the Square, and proved similarly deft at alternating between menace, respect and a mesmerizing ability to "sell" less...

Best Theater Premiere BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Tales of Edgar Allen Poe
Sometimes the Center for Puppetry Arts feels less like a playhouse than a haunted house. Spooky stuff seems to get the puppeteers' creative juices flowing, notably with last year's delightful Halloween show The Ghastly Dreadfuls' Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities (to be remounted thismore...
Sometimes the Center for Puppetry Arts feels less like a playhouse than a haunted house. Spooky stuff seems to get the puppeteers' creative juices flowing, notably with last year's delightful Halloween show The Ghastly Dreadfuls' Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities (to be remounted this year). Even more impressive, though, was Bobby Box's macabre tour through the work of one of America's most famous writers in TALES OF EDGAR ALLEN POE. Staged in January, the production captured the rolling cadences of Poe's verse and the grisly punch lines of his most notorious stories, while the sets and puppet designs offered gothic splendors like you've never seen. The play ended with a pair of blood-drenched hands, brought together to represent the fiendish fowl from "The Raven," less...

Best All-around Play BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2006 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Theatrical Outfit
In a year blessed with numerous world-premiere productions, none proved more heartfelt, insightful or quintessentially “Atlantan” than Theatrical Outfit’s debut of Thomas Ward’s KEEPING WATCH, a comedy-drama about fate and faith in a small Alabama town. Ward’smore...
In a year blessed with numerous world-premiere productions, none proved more heartfelt, insightful or quintessentially “Atlantan” than Theatrical Outfit’s debut of Thomas Ward’s KEEPING WATCH, a comedy-drama about fate and faith in a small Alabama town. Ward’s two-track plot follows a preacher courting a free spirit in a cemetery while a group of former high school friends has an increasingly fraught reunion at its old hangout. With a terrific cast of local actors, Keeping Watch captured a little of the soul of the South without resorting to stereotypes of Dixie-based theater. less...

Best Play BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2006 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
Ansley Park Playhouse

Best Theater Premiere BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2006 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
Dad's Garage Theatre

Best Theatrical Gimmick BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2006 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Metamorphoses
Georgia Shakespeare has never shown fear of elaborate “concept” productions, like its “Huey Long” version of Julius Caesar set in New Orleans, or its Wild West As You Like It. Nothing in the company’s creative history, however, can match the audacity or complexitymore...
Georgia Shakespeare has never shown fear of elaborate “concept” productions, like its “Huey Long” version of Julius Caesar set in New Orleans, or its Wild West As You Like It. Nothing in the company’s creative history, however, can match the audacity or complexity of the 24-foot, 3,300-gallon swimming pool that provides the primary performing space (as well as a myriad of thematic metaphors) in Richard Garner’s exquisite production of Ovid’s METAMORPHOSES this summer. Plus, the lucky timing of staging a play with a swimming pool during a heat wave suggests that the gods were smiling on Georgia Shakespeare. less...

Best All-Around Play BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Topdog/Underdog
The Alliance Hertz Stage’s TOPDOG/UNDERDOG broke out from the pack to emerge as the year’s undisputed can’t-miss theatrical event. Our best “guest actors,” Joe Wilson Jr. and Kes Khemnu, alternated the roles in Suzan Lori-Parks’ Pulitzer-winning dramamore...
The Alliance Hertz Stage’s TOPDOG/UNDERDOG broke out from the pack to emerge as the year’s undisputed can’t-miss theatrical event. Our best “guest actors,” Joe Wilson Jr. and Kes Khemnu, alternated the roles in Suzan Lori-Parks’ Pulitzer-winning drama of three-card monte, the Lincoln assassination and the American dream. Topdog/Underdog even won laurels out of town: The Hertz Stage’s co-production with Providence’s Trinity Repertory Company earned Kent Gash the “Outstanding Director, Large Company” award from the Theatre Critics of New England. less...

Best Play BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
Ansley Park Playhouse

Best Play BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
Peachtree Battle - Ansley Park Playhouse

Best Long Damn Play BOA Award Winner

"Homebody/Kabul"
Few shows in the past year had the urgency - and none had the length - of "HOMEBODY/KABUL" at Horizon Theatre. "Angels in America" playwright Tony Kushner wrote the work before Sept. 11, not realizing how relevant its themes of East-West collision and its setting in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan wouldmore...
Few shows in the past year had the urgency - and none had the length - of "HOMEBODY/KABUL" at Horizon Theatre. "Angels in America" playwright Tony Kushner wrote the work before Sept. 11, not realizing how relevant its themes of East-West collision and its setting in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan would become. Carolyn Cook's hour-long opening monologue alone proved a remarkably rich solo accomplishment, while director Vinnie Murphy - who also helmed last fall's epic "The Discovery of America" at Theater Emory - affirmed his mountaineering skills at taking on huge, challenging scripts. less...
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