In Theatre this month:
Under the Lights
What's Happening on Stage in Atlanta in June

HOW TO USE A KNIFE
Now Playing Through June 25
Horizon Theatre
(404) 584-7450

HorizonTheatre.com
How to Use a Knife is a sharp-edged comedy in the hustle and bustle of a Wall Street restaurant. This melting-pot of a kitchen sizzles with secrets in this fast-paced feast. George is a down on his luck master chef. He is a recovering alcoholic who hits rock bottom and faces his last chance to turn his life around. His kitchen is nowhere near the kind of ambitious culinary environments he worked in before. The story surrounds two rowdy Guatemalan line cooks, a nosy busboy, and a mysteriously reserved East-African dishwasher. Set during busy dinner shifts, the play bursts with grinding suspense, crackling energy, and piercing surprise as secrets from the past come to a boil. It is a story about guilt and second chances.

THE DANCING HANKERCHIEF
Thru June 18
Theatrical Outfit
(678) 528-1500

TheatricalOutfit.org
The Dancing Handkerchief is a beautiful fable, told through song, dance, stage magic, and puppetry, about an aspiring rocker-girl who falls into a magician-dad's bag of tricks. This world premiere with songs by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony-winner Robert Lopez, tells the story of Mysterioso the Magician and his curious child Bastienne who, through an epic separation and reunion, learn to see each other in a truer, hope-filled light. A Balladeer sings delightful tunes that paint a comic and fantastical world inhabited by a beckoning handkerchief, an otherworldly suitcase, magical creatures and one gigantic, ravenous rabbit. A unique hybrid theatrical extravaganza, The Dancing Handkerchief will mesmerize patrons small and tall.

THE DANCING GRANNY
June 10 - 18
Oglethorpe Conant Arts Center
(404) 733-5000

AllianceTheatre.org/granny
The first show of the Alliance Theatre's 2017/18 on-the-road season is The Dancing Granny, a world premiere inspired by the children's book by beloved illustrator and author Ashley Bryan. In The Dancing Granny, Ananse, the clever spider of African folklore, tries to trick Granny into dancing away from her garden so he can take her vegetables. But his plan backfires when he is drawn into the dance himself. The Dancing Granny is being adapted for the stage by Jiréh Breon Holder, 2017 winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition for his play Too Heavy for Your Pocket.

MAMMA MIA!
June 13 - 18
The Fox Theatre
(855) 285-8499

BroadwayinAtlanta.com/MammaMia
This sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to find the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they visited 20 years ago. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA's songs from "Dancing Queen" and "S.O.S." to "Money, Money, Money" and "Take a Chance on Me," propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, as they have the time of their lives. Mamma Mia! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found. Mamma Mia! is one of the most successful musicals of all time, the eighth longest running show in Broadway history and one of only five musicals to have run for more than ten years on Broadway. The West End production is now in its eighteenth year. To date, Mamma Mia! has been seen by over 60 million people worldwide in 50 productions in 16 different languages.

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