The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on January 4, 1979 · 26
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T-t'T i 4 "yej'T i elrt" t"l yTlff' 'T fTVT,rWrTT' 6-n THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, Thur., Jan. 4, 1979 , Music, Dance, Drama, Comedy Highlight Winter Play Season By Helen C. Smith Constitution StaH Writer Piece by piece, the winter play season of the Theater of the Stars is taking shape. The six-play season, which will open Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Peachtree Playhouse with the "The American Dance Machine," a musical, now also contains a Neil Simon play, a Tony Award-winning drama still playing on Broadway, a British sex comedy and a murder thriller. - The sixth play and its star have yet to be named, said Chris Manos, producer of Theater of Stars, who had hoped to include The Gin Game" in the season but was unable to tie that one up. The stars who will appear in the plays Theater are Penny Fuller in Simon's "California Suite" (Feb. 13-18); Rachel Gurney in "No Sex Please, We're British" (Feb. 20-25); Lana Turner in "Murder Among Friends" (Feb. 27-Mar. 4); and James Broderick in "Da" (March 6-11), There is no single star in "The American Dance Machine" but an ensemble of dancers who will create great moments from American musical theater, including dance sequences from such shows as "Carousel," "Cabaret," "George M" and others. The Dance Machine was founded by Lee Becker Theodore, who was the original Tomboy in "West Side Story." Theodore, like many other dancers, would create magic moments on stage and then, puff, they were gone. It was his idea to preserve the choreography of such greats as Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, Bob Fosse and Michael Kidd. Penny Fuller, now an Atlantan who recently played the title role of "Peter Pan" at the Alliance Theatre, will star in Simon's "California Suite." - James Broderick, who plays opposite Sade Thompson in the warmly received television series, "Family," will be the son in the moving drama, "Da," in which a father and son relationship is explored. The play, by Hugh Leonard, won a Tony Award. Rachel Gurney, star of numerous British stage, screen and TV productions, will be headlined in "No Sex Please, We're British." Manos has decided to reduce the winter play season from 12 weeks to six weeks, with each production playing from Tuesday through Sunday for one week -only. For the past three years, plays have run for two weeks each. By dropping back to one week of performances per play, Manos estimates that Theater of the Stars will end up with 80 to 90 per cent of house capacity on season tickets alone. "We are just under 70 per cent now, and the subscription campaign has just started. We have had a phenomenal renewal percentage, somewhere between 85 and 90 percent, and that is excellent for us." All plays on the winter play season are presented at the intimate Peachtree Playhouse, 1150 Peachtree St N.E. For subscription information, call 252-8960. "Families," a play for middle and high school students, will tour throughout the state and metro Atlanta area from Jan. 9 through May 12. The play is an Academy Children's Theatre production and is company-developed and directed by Frank Wittow, artistic director of the Academy. "Families" is a collage of experiences in traditional and contemporary family living: family relationships, rivalries, needs, conflicts, celebrations, separations, reunions. The drama explores the search for identity within the family structure, the need for growth in responsibility, the trauma of loss of loved ones, the discrepancy between true family living and media-created family images, and the enrichment of family closeness. The Academy is also touring "The Flexible Firemen," a play for elementary age children. Written by Ethel McFarlan, an Atlanta playwright, and directed by Frank Wittow, this play uses rhyme, rhythm, language and the recreation of an ancient Chinese folktale to tell a story about the human potential to change and grow. For further information, call 892-0355. Calendar Friday , Greor Southeast Musk Hall. Oierokoe Ptaza, 3861 Peochtree ') Rood N.E. Show at 8 and 10 p.m. Hometown guitar htro Glenn Phillips. Warm-up is Swimming Pool Que. $3.50. Tickets avail- able at all SEATS locations and 'I the Music Hall Box Office. 261-- 8643. Ongoing - "Chapter Two." Neil Simon's popular comedy "Chapter Two" continues at Symphony : Hall through Jan. 6, starring Jerry Or-, bach, Marilyn Redfield, Jane A. Johnston and Herbert Edelman. 830 p.m. Jan. 1-6, phis Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets, J4-S13.50, are available at the Memorial Arts Center, the Fob Theatre box office, all SEATS locations and Tickets Unlimited en Peachtree. 881-1977. To charge tickets by phone call 892-1399. Por group discounts call 261-1 107. "Blue Plate Special." Showcase Cabaret, 1544 Piedmont Road, Ansley Mall 105. 8 p.m. Tuesday Friday; 8 and 11 p.m. Saturday. $4.50 week nightsj $5.50 Friday-Saturday. 892-0543. This delightful "musical country soap opera" is set in the small but colorful Delia's Diner 90 miles south of Nashville. Atlanta Historical Society. McEI- ream Hall. 3099 Andrews Drive N.W. "Dolls of Other Days," 25 j 19th-century dolts from the Jennie 4 Champion Nardin Doll Collection. Through Jan. 16. Paintings of , Georgia birds by Atlanta artist ; Athos Menaboni. Through Janu- afy. 10i30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues-; clay through Saturdays - 2-4:30 fft. Sunday. 261-1837. (FREE) . Catbird Dumatetla Carounetie. , 2499 Peachtree Road N.E. "Small ,! Wollpapers, Drawings by King - thockston." 10.30 a.m.-4:30 pjn. MMKfcry-Fridayj call for appoint-twent en weekend. Through Jan. " 17. 233-0379. (FREE) ij j -'.'.' .:: ; Handshake Galleries. Beginning . Jan. 7, at oil three galleriest "Ed . Doddi The Spirit ef Mark Trail." Through Feb. 16. Peachtree y Summit, 401 W. Peachtree St. 9 0Jn.-5 pjn. Monday-Fridays 2-5 p.m Sunday. North Gallery, , 7741 RosweH Road, Sandy ' Springs and South Gallery, , 5600 Stonewall Ten Rood. College Pork. 9-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 5254728. (FREE) . High Museum ef Art. Memorial ' Arts Center, . 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. noen-S p.m. ( Sundays. 892-3600. (FREE) Current exhibits include African Gallery. "Animals in ' African Art," examines animal imagery in wood and metal sculpture, textiles, jewelry and tunc- tionoi objects. North Gallery. "Artists In Geor- . ; gia 78," 51 works by 32 local ortists. ' ; Kress Rooms, notion and Ger-. - men Renaissance works from the ' 14th and 15th century including i Bellini's "Madonna and Child." ; Central Gallery. French and j American Impressionist and Post- Impressionist paintings include works by Corot, Monet and Pis-- sarro ond Sir Winston Churchill. i Junior Gallery. "Children in America" explores childhood in ' American history through paintings and photographs dating , back to the mid-18th century. :V.r. :-:-v- Atlanta Botanical Garden. Piedmont Park at The Prodo. Open 9 oj.-4 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m.-. noon Saturdays; 1-4 p.m. Sun-; days. Free tours available for ' groups by appointment. This gar-' den. located on 63 rolling acres in Piedmont Park, is dedicated to "educating people about plants I end plant culture. 876-5858. ; (FREE) Atlanta Zoo. 800 Cherokee Ave., J Cront Pork. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., . daily. $1.50, adults; 50 cents, chil-'. dren 6-12. 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