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Top 10 plays of 2009

Jon Ludwig and his cast rehearse for "Little Mermaid Pirate"

Jon Ludwig and his cast rehearse for "Little Mermaid Pirate"

“Come Fly With Me,” Alliance Theatre. Twyla Tharp captured the sex and melancholy of Frank Sinatra with her inventive choreography. The show is expected to play Broadway in the spring.

“The Little Pirate Mermaid,” Center for Puppetry Arts. Atlanta puppet genius Jon Ludwig did it again with this twist on the Hans Christian Andersen tale, which re-imagines the spunky little mermaid as a wannabe pirate.

“700 Sundays,”
Atlanta Broadway Series, Cobb Energy and Performing Arts Centre. Billy Crystal’s one-man memoir about his large and loving Jewish family was outrageously funny and deeply moving. A mensch from Hollywood — now that’s something.

“Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL,”
Alliance Theatre. By all accounts, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber was not all that smitten with this stylish gospel makeover of his rock music score. We thought it was kind of stunning, beautifully sung and wonderfully danced.

“Titus Andronicus,” Georgia Shakespeare. Director Richard Garner knows that the Shakespearean blood bath is so gory that it borders on the ridiculous; his decision to let the comedy seep gently into the horrific was well considered.

“Suddenly Last Summer,” Actor’s Express. In Tennessee Williams’ hot-house play, emotions grow into fabulously florid lies. Shannon Eubanks captured the intoxicating eccentricities of Violet Venable to withering effect.

“Miss Evers’ Boys,”
True Colors Theatre. Kenny Leon directed Jasmine Guy in David Feldshuh’s scathing account of the Tuskegee Study, inaugurating the Southwest Fulton Arts Center in grand style.

“Mauritius,”
Actor’s Express. What fun to see Cara Mantella and Kathleen Wattis go claw to claw in Theresa Rebeck’s thriller about a highly collectible postage stamp.

“Hillary Clinton Got Me Pregnant,”
Synchronicity Performance Group. Only a whip-smart writer like Megan Gogerty could measure her own emotional growth against the twists and turns of American politics. In this solo show, her performance was as thoughtful as it was delightful.

“Fair Use,”
Actor’s Express. Director Freddie Ashley (“Mauritius”) scored again with a classy, sparkling world premiere production of Sarah Gubbins’ play about lawyers in love.

Compiled by our theater reviewers Wendell Brock, Bert Osborne and Pierre Ruhe.

3 comments Add your comment

BPJ

January 5th, 2010
10:14 am

Glad to see “Fair Use” on this list. I would add “The 13th of Paris” at Horizon (good script, terrific performances by Mark Kincaid and Carolyn Cook), and Theatre du Reve’s “Les Fables de LaFontaine”. (OK, my francophilia is showing).

BPJ

January 5th, 2010
1:48 pm

The other omission is “Blood Knot” at Theatrical Outfit. Tom Key and Kenny Leon in an Athol Fugard classic.