Center for Puppetry Arts RumpelstiltskinBy Roshani Chokshi and Collin Kelley

The 2010-11 arts season in Atlanta is shaping up to be another scorcher, with world premieres, old favorites, big stars and the transformation of a venerable dance company as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

The Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring St.
(404) 873-3391 or
Both kids and adults can enjoy the magic marionettes in the Brothers Grimm’s Rumpelstiltskin, which continues through Sept. 12. Coming later in the season: Wake up Your Weird with Lolly and Leslie, Sept. 16-26; Charlotte’s Web, Sept. 30 – Oct. 31; and Nightingale, Nov. 2-14.

Actor’s Express
887 W. Marietta St. Suite J-107
(404) 607-7469 or

Becky Shaw, which runs through Sept. 25, marks one of the most anticipated shows for the upcoming season. Newlywed Suzanna attempts to fix her best friend Max with her husband’s beautiful, yet off-kilter, co-worker Becky Shaw that ignites into a series of dysfunctional comedy. Hailed by the New York Times as “ferociously funny,” this hit from the 2008-2009 New York theatre season was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Coming later in the season: Albatross, Oct.21 – Nov.20

Alliance Theatre
1280 Peachtree St.
(404) 733-5000 or
Twist: An American Musical, which opens Sept. 1, is set in New Orleans during the 20s and follows the adventures of an orphan, who finds family in unexpected places along Bourbon Street. Twist marks the Alliance Theatre return of director and choreographer Debbie Allen (Fame), straight from her Broadway and Olivier Award-winning West End productions of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.  Coming later in the season: Nacirema, Oct. 20 – Nov. 14.

Atlanta Ballet
Cobb Energy Centre and Fox Theatre
(404)873-5811 or
Moulin Rouge: The Ballet comes to life Oct. 22 – 31 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Choreographed by Jorden Morris, this story of a bohemian world against the backdrop of blossoming love and tragedy is an enduring classic. Coming later in the season: Nutcracker, Nov. 27 – Dec. 26.

Theatrical Outfit
Balzer Theatre, 84 Luckie St.
(404) 577-5257 or

John Kennedy Toole’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, comes to life in this world premiere penned by the theater’s artistic director Tom Key. Ignatius J. Reilly’s madcap adventures through New Orleans have become stuff of modern legend. Closes Sept. 5, so hurry! Coming later in the season: The Young Man From Atlanta, Jan. 26 – Feb. 20; Caroline, or Change, March 16 – April 10.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
1280 Peachtree St.
(404) 733-4900 or
Conductor Robert Spano kicks off the season with Mozart’s Jeunehomme Concerto No. 9 and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique on Sept. 23, Sept. 25 and Sept. 28. Pianist André Watts is the special guest for the Mozart performance. Coming later in the season: Beethoven & Mahler on Sept. 30 – Oct. 2.

The High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St.
(404) 733-4444 or
Dalí: The Late Work continues through Jan. 9 with more than 100 works including 40 paintings. Coming later in the season: Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting, Oct. 17 – Jan. 2.

Atlanta Opera
Cobb Energey Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway
(404) 881-8885 or
Atlanta Opera ignites it 2010-2011 season with La Boheme, the story of six artists brimming with idealism and clashing with reality, which will premier Oct. 2 – 10.

Ferst Center
349 Ferst Drive
(404) 894-2787 or
Debbie Reynolds opens the season with an evening of music and comedy from Singin’ in the Rain to her Academy Award-nominated performance in The Unsinkable Molly Brown on Sept. 11. Coming later in the season: Break of Reality, Sept. 17; Homay & Mastan Ensemble, Sept. 18; David Sanborn Trio featuring Joey DeFrancesco, Oct. 1; Rockapella, Oct. 3; Diavolo Oct. 15; Angela Hewitt, Oct. 21; Paula Poundstone, Oct. 22; Michael Bolton, Oct. 28; An Evening with Branford Marsalis, Nov. 5; and Lily Cai Dance Ensemble, Nov. 12.

Balzer Theatre and CORE Studio
(404) 373-4154 or

The contemporary dance company formerly known as Several Dancers Core kick’s off its 3oth anniversary season with a simpler name and a performance of Corazón Abriendo (Heart Opening) on Nov. 18- 21 at Balzer Theater. The popular “Lunchtime in the Studio” will offer free studio performances during its 11th season, with lunch provided by local Decatur restaurant sponsors.  “Lunchtime in the Studio” takes place Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. on Sept. 30 and Nov. 11. For more events and information, check the website.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.