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The Henry Players, your choice for best live theater in and around Atlanta, has one more show left in its 20th season. "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" will come to the stage of the Henry County Performing Arts Center June 23-26.

There's one more chance to catch the Henry Players, your choice for best live theater in and around Atlanta, this season. The company's final show of its 20th season is "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which comes to the stage of the Henry County Performing Arts Center June 23-26.

YOUR PICKS
1. The Henry Players
You say, “I think one of the most unrecognized great theatre companies in the metro area is the Henry Players. Located in McDonough, these players are made up of a diverse group of people. While many companies in Atlanta put on great shows, I would expect them too. That’s what they get paid to do. The Players all do their shows out of a love for the arts and the community, and yet still produce some of the highest quality work I have seen in the whole of metro Atlanta.”

2. Alliance Theatre
3. The New American Shakespeare Tavern/Atlanta Shakepeare Company
4. Actor’s Express
5. Atlanta Lyric Theatre

Ryann Redmond as Bridget (left) , Jon Rua as Twig (center) and Gregory Haney as La Cienega (right) in this season's world premiere of "Bring It On: The Musical" at the Alliance Theatre. Photo: Greg Mooney

Ryann Redmond as Bridget (left) , Jon Rua as Twig (center) and Gregory Haney as La Cienega (right) in this season's world premiere of "Bring It On: The Musical" at the Alliance Theatre. Photo: Greg Mooney

OUR PICKS
1. Alliance Theatre
Freelance theater critic Wendell Brock says, “The Woodruff Arts Center’s resident playhouse knows how to ‘Bring It On.’ Not that we needed a raucous cheerleader musical to tell us that. Under artistic director Susan V. Booth, Atlanta’s Tony Award winner for regional excellence scores consistently with Broadway-bound material (’Sister Act,’ Twyla Tharp’s ‘Come Fly With Me’) and thoughtful new work by young writers and homegrown talent. Coming next season (fingers crossed): the previously postponed Stephen King-John Mellencamp musical ‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.’ Bring on the chill bumps.”

2. Center for Puppetry Arts
3. Georgia Shakespeare
4. Tie: Actor’s Express and Horizon Theatre
5. Theatre in the Square

83 comments Add your comment

rwmmdj

March 21st, 2011
3:09 pm

The New American Shakespeare Tavern has the best live theater in Atlanta. A great troup of fine actors in a casual environment. The company recently completed Shakespeare’s Canon, (all 39 plays), a first for an American company. Food and beverages are available at a reasonable price and is quite good. Presently, the company is performing “Two Noble Kinsmen” and “Edward III” in reperatory. Although their main focus is Shakespeare the company frequently performs works by other authors as well.

Mary B

March 21st, 2011
3:11 pm

Lori

March 21st, 2011
4:08 pm

I agree with the New American Shakespeare Tavern being awesome. I’ve been going their since before the remodel and they had to set out pitchers to catch the leaks when it rained!! But the theater is wonderful now. Every seat in the house is a good one. And they always deliver a fantastic show!

Theater Teacher

March 21st, 2011
5:04 pm

I love the Fabrefaction Theatre Company over by GA Tech. I have seen “Rent” and “Once Upon a Mattress” there and every seat is great. They also offer great theater workshops for all ages, and classes by term for students ranging from elementary school through college. The founders are from NYU and know their stuff. It also doesn’t hurt that the prices are fair and the valet parking is complementary! I’m a customer for life!

JanT

March 21st, 2011
5:05 pm

The Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville. Great shows, great talent.

ej

March 21st, 2011
5:06 pm

Relapse Theatre, one of the top comedy/improv places in America.

phbmg

March 21st, 2011
5:13 pm

Serenbe Playhouse! Brian Clowdus is wonderfully talented as the founder and director. They have productions for both children and adults. The setting is amazing and this year they are premiering an outdoor adaptation of The Ugly Duckling. The actors are going to actually be in and out of the water. You should not miss this season!

Foodie-B

March 21st, 2011
5:15 pm

Alright we get it let’s move along what’s next best acoustics or best popcorn.

Rick

March 21st, 2011
5:36 pm

The New London Theater in Snellville is good for Community Theater. Some plays are better than others. Worth a visit.

Exit Stage Left

March 21st, 2011
5:43 pm

I like Theatrical Outfit the best. It’s just the right fit. Not too huge, like the Alliance; but not too cramped either. The theater space all by itself is cool and comfy, and the shows always seem to have a local flavor – - whether dramas or musicals.

TK

March 21st, 2011
6:05 pm

Without a doubt, The New American Shakespeare Tavern is far and above the best of the best in Atlanta. Not only do they put on world class performances, but their educational outreach and service to the community is second to none. I have friends from the UK who are planning an entire US trip around seeing shows at the Tavern.

KJ

March 21st, 2011
6:13 pm

Actor’s Express and Alliance

ziza

March 21st, 2011
6:15 pm

The Alliance Theatre

Jen

March 21st, 2011
10:23 pm

How about the Ansley Playhouse…Peachtree Battle?

Missy

March 22nd, 2011
12:03 am

I love so many live theatres around Atlanta, but Actor’s Express has recently won my heart. Their current show “See What I Wanna See” is the best local theatre performance I’ve ever seen in my life. Actor’s Express doesn’t get the attention it deserves, and they’re an underdog worth fighting for.

howard

March 22nd, 2011
8:24 am

Shakespeare Tavern and Actor’s Express

MA

March 22nd, 2011
8:52 am

The Fabulous Fox for professional. The Henry Players (Henry County Performing Arts Center – not the best theatre) are by far the best community theatre group around!!!!!! Of course it didn’t ask the best theatre group(troupe) it asked the best theatre.

Gatekeeper

March 22nd, 2011
8:52 am

Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater Company. Fantastic.

DCS

March 22nd, 2011
9:36 am

Actor’s Express, hands down. I’ve been going to live theater in Atlanta for over 30 years (including season subscriptions to the Alliance for 10) and Actor’s Express is by far the most innovative, challenging and entertaining of them all. They’re in trouble in need our help right now. It would be a huge loss to the Atlanta community if we lose them.

sr citizen dawg

March 22nd, 2011
10:34 am

Best local theatre group: The Henry Players.

Marietta Fan

March 22nd, 2011
10:46 am

Atlanta Lyric Theatre has the best local talent by far!

Bob Dotson

March 22nd, 2011
11:42 am

There is NO QUESTION ABOUT IT!!!

It’s THE HENRY PLAYERS!!

If you want proof, go see THE PRODUCERS on March 31, April 1,2 and 3 @ the Henry County Schools Performing Arts Center. YOU WILL BE AMAZED!
Tickets are available @ http://www.henryplayers.com

Concertgoer

March 22nd, 2011
1:20 pm

Horizon?
Dad’s Garage?
Seven Stages?
Push Push?
Theatre in the Square?

You guys should have broken this into two contests – best live theatre ITP and best live theatre OTP. There are too many good ones to choose from.

TheatreGirl

March 22nd, 2011
1:51 pm

Actor’s Express – hands down! The Alliance does great shows but uses little to no local talents – so I feel it barely counts as an “Atlanta” theatre

Katie

March 22nd, 2011
2:01 pm

Atlanta has so much great theater opportunities! Atlanta Lyric continually offers exceptional quality musical theater productions at the Strand in Marietta. As Atlanta’s only professional musical theater company, Atlanta Lyric cannot be beat!

Nicholas

March 22nd, 2011
7:08 pm

For best live theatre exhibiting Atlanta’s own theatrical talent, my vote goes to the always-engaging button-pushers at Actor’s Express. The future existence of theatre relies upon one thing: Relevance. Is theatre asking the important questions? Ask yourself: Did the last show you saw make you think about your own relation to the world? If not, try the Express. They get it right.

Gordon Carter

March 22nd, 2011
7:11 pm

Actor’s Express if by far the best theater in Atlanta.

Stage Light Center Right

March 23rd, 2011
1:25 am

The Henry Players do it right every single time. Some of the best performers and performances in Georgia. And they are ALL volunteer and All Local!!!

Maya

March 23rd, 2011
1:30 am

Theatrical Outfit

JH

March 23rd, 2011
7:12 am

The Henry Players

A Theatre Director

March 23rd, 2011
7:22 am

I have seen a lot of great theatre in the area! I have to say for professional – easily The Shakespeare Tavern is the best.
For community theatre that you would swear was professional – hands down it goes to The Henry Players.

Rebecca

March 23rd, 2011
7:23 am

The Henry Players

MomofOne

March 23rd, 2011
7:27 am

The Henry Players will knock your socks off…affordable & beyond belief great theatre! They just turned 20…so they have been around for a while. And, they continue to show as a favorite amongst the MetroAtlanta Theare Awards scene.

Debbie W

March 23rd, 2011
8:32 am

You can’t beat the Henry Players productions of Les Miserables and Sweeney Todd– I am so looking forward to The Producers hitting the stage soon!

Mary Ellen

March 23rd, 2011
8:34 am

The Henry Players- a wonderful community theatre both onstage and off. They’re the best-kept secret on the southside and less than ten minutes from I -75. Come see The Producers and it will make a believer out of you!

Lisa

March 23rd, 2011
8:46 am

The Henry Players have been putting on wonderful shows for years.

Teresa M.

March 23rd, 2011
8:47 am

I have been amazed at the talent and the productions of The Henry Players. Everyone is a volunteer and there is more talent in this one area that blows my mind. I have not seen a show yet that could not be performed at the Fox!! That is how great the productions are and you should come check them out!!! Henry Performing Arts Center in McDonough, Ga. and you can check out their website for information. http://www.henryplayers.com

KK

March 23rd, 2011
8:55 am

Actor’s Express and Horizon

Jeremy

March 23rd, 2011
9:25 am

THE HENRY PLAYERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Randy

March 23rd, 2011
9:26 am

Despite not having a theater of their own THE HENRY PLAYERS consistently provide EXCELLENT live theater for the residents of Atlanta’s south side. Based in McDonough, The Henry Players put on five shows per year. The next two include “The Producers,” (March 31 – April 3) and “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.” (June 23 – June 26) If you’re looking for high-caliber, live and local entertainment, a night with this group of thespians is always a rewarding experience! Tickets, pricing, and additional information about this troupe can be found @ http://henryplayers.com/

Emily

March 23rd, 2011
9:28 am

I think one of the most unrecognized great theatre companies in the metro area is the Henry Players! Located in McDonough, these players are made up of a diverse group of people. While many companies in Atlanta put on great shows, I would expect them too. That’s what they get paid to do. The Players all do their shows out of a love for the arts and the community, and yet still produce some of the highest quality work I have seen in the whole of metro-Atlanta. They all hold regular jobs, and come together each night to build sets, learn choreography and lines, make costumes, do promotional events, give out arts scholarships, and put on a show. They put on up to 6 shows a season, how crazy is that! And every member of that team is a volunteer! Supporting the arts and art education starts in your own community. Support the Henry Players!

http://www.henryplayers.com

Dexter

March 23rd, 2011
9:33 am

THE HENRY PLAYERS hands down. So much diversity, so much talent! Everyone is a diamond in the rough. Every show is broadway worthy. Atlanta’s hot and it’s even HOTTER on the Southside!

kcm

March 23rd, 2011
10:21 am

The Henry Players puts on amazing shows with broadway theater sets and talent. It is great to have a local theater that cares about putting on fantastic shows and brings there audiences and broadway style show on a low budget price. You get more than you pay for when you see one of The Henry Players shows!!! Come and check out The Henry Players in the next show The Producers running from March 31 – April 3 you will not be disapointed!!

Robin LaGrow

March 23rd, 2011
10:34 am

I love Henry Players! Not only are the shows affordable, they are immensely entertaining! If I forget where I am, it’s as if I’m sitting in a true Broadway Shoe! The costumes, the characters, the talent…all amazing! (I am especially partial to Keith Mitcham, who I have seen in many shows!) Keep up the good work – Henry Players are amazing!!

Jmw

March 23rd, 2011
10:43 am

I would have to agree with many of the folks above. I have seen many other theaters perform and hands down the Henry Players bring a professional, high quality performance to the stage. Worth the trip to McDonough to experience this group.

Amanda

March 23rd, 2011
11:39 am

Best kept secret of the south is the Henry Players!! Their next show is “The Producers” March 31 – April 3..

Renee

March 23rd, 2011
11:40 am

The Henry Players are a dedicated and very talented group of performers! Their next show is The Producers, and I can’t wait to see this fun show brought to the stage!

Denise

March 23rd, 2011
12:14 pm

The Henry Players are by far the best community theater around and the great thing is it is all volunteer and NO one is paid!! If you need proof just come out and see The Producers Mar. 31-Apr 3 at the Henry County Performing Arts Center! The dedication and talent is phenomenal!! You will be amazed!!!

Kim Decker

March 23rd, 2011
12:28 pm

THE HENRY PLAYERS is without a doubt the most amazing community theatre group in the state. Their talent pool is unbelievable. Their sets are out of this world. Their productions are better than many professional productions I’ve seen. You will not regret going to see them on stage.

If you want proof, go see THE PRODUCERS on March 31, April 1,2 and 3 @ the Henry County Schools Performing Arts Center. YOU WILL BE AMAZED!

Tickets are available @ http://www.henryplayers.com

William

March 23rd, 2011
1:09 pm

THE HENRY PLAYERS! SIMPLY THE BEST COMMUNITY THEATRE AND HAS BEEN FOR YEARS! JUST BEEN IGNORED BY THE ATLANTA MEDIA!