Atlanta Art Reviews by Susan K Asher
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Alliance Theatre Spectacular Season Planned

2011 May 25

Oh, the Alliance Theatre. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love you for bringing Stephen King to your Taste of the Alliance Season tonight. His memoir “On Writing” sits on my night stand, and I can’t wait to see the new musical that he and John Mellencamp wrote!

I love you for bringing “Into the Woods” to the theater. It’s a show I have been wanting to see for years.

I love you for showing me a scene from the 2009 Tony Award-winning play “God of Carnage.” The scene and the acting we saw tonight were captivating.

I love you for hiring great Atlanta actors like Joe Knezevich, who performed wonderfully in a scene about an English blue’s musician in “I Just Stopped By to See the Man.” I would have thought Joe was actually from the UK had I not looked him up online and found that he is a local actor. He was such a wacky and animated Brit, I could swear I’ve seen that musician before!

I love you for daring to bring “The Wizard of Oz” to the stage. Who would dare to compete with Judy Garland? Not I. But if I had a voice like 14-year-old Paige McCauley, I would. She sounded nothing like Garland, but boy, McCauley had an ethereal, soulful voice and sang “Over the Rainbow” with her own unique emphasis on words and sounds. I was taken aback. Yeah, I would dare to bring her to my stage too.

I love you for bringing Tovah Feldshuh to reprise the role she played in New York in the longest-running one-woman show “Golda’s Balcony.” I love it when you bring great New York talent to Atlanta.

I think it is super cool that you are bringing Fred Willard to join the cast of The Second City when it performs “Sex and the Second City.”

I also love you for what you’ve done in the past: premiering “Bring it On: The Musical” — I will be shocked if it is not nominated for a Tony — and for premiering “Come Fly With Me.” They were two of the best shows I have ever seen at the Alliance. “Come Fly With Me” was one of the best shows I’ve seen anywhere.

I am so looking forward to your shows this season!

Thank you, Susan Booth.

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