Three local arts institutions are staging a variety of plays in their 2016-2017 seasons that feature comedy, romance and music, from old favorites to recent hits.

Sandy Springs’ Act3 Productions and Dunwoody’s Stage Door Players are long-running community theater groups. The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) in Dunwoody is hosting concerts and other artistic events, as well as a slate of plays for adults and families.

Robert Egizio, producing artistic director of Dunwoody’s Stage Door Players, relaxes in the theater.

Act3 will launch its season with “The Fantasticks” playing from Aug. 12-27. The comedic and romantic musical is about a boy and a girl as their fathers try to keep them apart.

“With our upcoming season, we are embracing our intimate theater,” said Michelle Davis, artistic director for Act3 Productions. “At Act3, the audience becomes a part of the story.”

Stage Door Players, located in Dunwoody, will kick off their season with “Barefoot in the Park” from Sept. 23 through Oct. 16.

“It’s by the classic, Tony-award winning Neil Simon,” said Robert Egizio, producing artistic director for Stage Door. “Audiences can expect non-stop laughter.”

“Barefoot in the Park” is about a newlywed couple who move into an apartment together after a six-day honeymoon. Comedy ensues as they try to play matchmaker with the bride’s mother and due to the crazy neighbor in the attic.

“It’s familiar for many audiences, so it’s a nice way to kick off the season,” said Egizio.

“We’ll have something for everyone this season,” said Brian Kimmel, MJCCA’s director of Arts and Culture. “We have a whole bunch of different sides of Jewish culture. It’s primarily music, and we’ll have Matisyahu, who is pretty well known.”

Coincidentally, Act3 and the MJCCA included the same play, “Urinetown,” in their new seasons. “Urinetown” is a comedic musical set in a time where a water shortage has led to a government ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities regulated by a greedy corporation. The MJCCA’s staging wrapped up earlier this month, while Act3 will perform the play in April.

Act3 Productions
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“The Fantasticks” (Aug. 12-27), “The Women” (Sept. 16-Oct. 1), “Violet” (Nov. 4-19), “And Then There Were None” (Feb. 10-25), “Urinetown” (April 14-29)

MJCCA

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“From Head to Toe” (Oct. 30), MJCCA Youth Ensemble presents “Xanadu Jr.” (Dec. 11-12), MJCCA Youth Ensemble presents “Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR.” (Dec. 13-14), “Broadway Kaleidoscope: A Musical Revue” (Feb. 5), “A Brown Bear, A Caterpillar & A Moon: Stories by Eric Carle” (April 16), MJCCA Youth Ensemble presents “Guys and Dolls JR.” (April 30-May 1), “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast KIDS” (May 2-3)

Stage Door Players
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“Barefoot in the Park” (Sept. 23-Oct. 16), “Let Nothing You Dismay” (Dec. 2-18), “Death by Design” (Jan. 27-Feb. 19), “The Cemetery Club” (March 17-April 9), “Boeing Boeing” (May 19-June 11), “Baby Case” (July 14-Aug. 6)

–James Beaman