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Culture notes: Guy to star in Alliance ‘Carnage’; Kenny Leon’s Broadway doubleheader; Horizon to encore ‘Avenue Q’

THEATER
Guy leads ‘Carnage’

The Alliance Theatre has announced that Jasmine Guy will star in Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage,” the 2009 Tony Award winner for best play that opens  Jan. 11. Guy will play the role of Veronica Novak, one of four parents coming to terms with a violent playground incident between their two sons. It’s the role for which Marcia Gay Harden won a best actress Tony. Directed by former Alliance associate artistic director Kent Gash and featuring an all-African-American cast for the first time, “Carnage” will run through Jan. 29. Also cast: Keith Randolph Smith as Michael Novak, Crystal Fox as Annette Raleigh, and Geoffrey Darnell Williams as Alan Raleigh. 404-733-5000, www.alliancetheatre.org/carnage. HOWARD POUSNER

Leon X 2 on Broadway
With “Stick Fly” in previews at the Cort Theatre, Atlanta director Kenny Leon now has two plays running simultaneously on Broadway, a rare feat. With an ensemble cast including Dule Hill, Tracie Thoms and Mekhi Phifer, Lydia R. Diamond’s play (which opens Dec. 8th) explores class and familial relationships among an extended well-to-do African-American clan on Martha’s Vineyard. Leon also is the director of the Martin Luther King Jr. drama “The Mountaintop,” extended at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre through Jan. 22. HOWARD POUSNER

‘Avenue Q’ encore
Horizon Theatre, which recently scored seven 2010-11 Suzi Awards (Atlanta’s Tonys) for “Avenue Q” (out of 10 Suzis overall) has announced that it will remount the coming-of-age-musical-with-puppets, Jan. 13-26. But first things first. The Little 5 Points troupe is presenting two holiday shows: “The Santaland Diaries” through Jan. 1; and “Madeline’s Christmas,” Dec. 10-Jan. 1. 1083 Austin Ave. N.E., Atlanta. Tickets: 404-584-7450,www.horizontheatre.com.

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