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Best Feather in a Theater's Cap BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Alliance Theatre
National arts journalists often write about Atlanta as a "rising' theater city, as if we’re always on the cusp of living up to our creative potential, without quite sealing the deal. Then came THE ALLIANCE THEATRE'S TONY AWARD, in which the city received some long-deserved affirmation with themore...
National arts journalists often write about Atlanta as a "rising' theater city, as if we’re always on the cusp of living up to our creative potential, without quite sealing the deal. Then came THE ALLIANCE THEATRE'S TONY AWARD, in which the city received some long-deserved affirmation with the Regional Theatre Tony Award, presented for 31 years to "a professional, nonprofit regional theater that has established a consistent level of artistic excellence contributing to the growth of theater nationally." Artistic director Susan V. Booth dubbed the honor the theater's version of "The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" and shared it with the Alliance past and present staff, patrons, audience and the city as a whole. Next stop: the People's Choice Award! less...

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dad's Garage Theatre

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Theatrical Outfit
Since opening the Balzer Theater at the old Herren's Restaurant space alongside the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, THEATRICAL OUTFIT has proven itself the best place in town to see a play. The Outfit originally relied heavily on theatrical chestnuts after making the risky move downtown, but hasmore...
Since opening the Balzer Theater at the old Herren's Restaurant space alongside the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, THEATRICAL OUTFIT has proven itself the best place in town to see a play. The Outfit originally relied heavily on theatrical chestnuts after making the risky move downtown, but has since presented increasingly daring and intriguing choices, particularly in the 2006-07 season. Shows such as Waiting to be Invited and Shiloh Rules addressed such eternal Southern themes as segregation and the Civil War from original perspectives, while The God Committee offered the kind of crackling, real-time excitement only live theater can provide. Is it worth the effort of going downtown? The answer is a resounding "Yes!" less...

Trendy: Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Theatrical Outfit
Since opening the Balzer Theater at the old Herren’s Restaurant space alongside the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, THEATRICAL OUTFIT has proven itself the best place in town to see a play. The Outfit originally relied heavily on theatrical chestnuts after making the risky move downtown,more...
Since opening the Balzer Theater at the old Herren’s Restaurant space alongside the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, THEATRICAL OUTFIT has proven itself the best place in town to see a play. The Outfit originally relied heavily on theatrical chestnuts after making the risky move downtown, but has since presented increasingly daring and intriguing choices, particularly in the 2006-07 season. Shows such as Waiting to be Invited and Shiloh Rules addressed such eternal Southern themes as segregation and the Civil War from original perspectives, while The God Committee offered the kind of crackling, real-time excitement only live theater can provide. Is it worth the effort of going downtown? The answer is a resounding “Yes!” less...

Best Feather in a Theater's Cap BOA Award Winner

Alliance Theatre
1280 Peachtree St. Woodruff Arts Center 404-733-5000 http://www.alliancetheatre.org National arts journalists often write about Atlanta as a

Best Theater BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
After 25 years of solid, occasionally controversial work, the Marietta playhouse THEATRE IN THE SQUARE has perfected the formula to meet its artistic and commercial needs. Each season, the company strikes a nearly perfect balance of fresh interpretations of theatrical chestnuts (like Bus Stop), new playsmore...
After 25 years of solid, occasionally controversial work, the Marietta playhouse THEATRE IN THE SQUARE has perfected the formula to meet its artistic and commercial needs. Each season, the company strikes a nearly perfect balance of fresh interpretations of theatrical chestnuts (like Bus Stop), new plays about Southern life (Turned Funny) and, primarily in its smaller Alley Stage, edgy, relevant productions (Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth and Dael Orlandersmith’s incendiary Yellowman). Theatre in the Square isn’t just a role model for other outside-the-Perimeter playhouses; it can teach Atlanta’s hipster theaters a thing or two as well. less...

Best Theatrical Makeover (Cosmetic) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
The New American Shakespeare Tavern

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Whole World Improv Theatre Co

Best Theatrical Makeover (Mission) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Theatre Decatur
After 27 years, Neighborhood Playhouse made a bid to move beyond its often wheezy, predictable fare by changing its name to THEATRE DECATUR and by programming an intriguing slate of ambitious shows. The lineup includes Terence McNally’s passage to India, A Perfect Ganesh, and two works by playwright-in-residencemore...
After 27 years, Neighborhood Playhouse made a bid to move beyond its often wheezy, predictable fare by changing its name to THEATRE DECATUR and by programming an intriguing slate of ambitious shows. The lineup includes Terence McNally’s passage to India, A Perfect Ganesh, and two works by playwright-in-residence Patrick Cuccaro, A Perfect Order and the upcoming holiday show The Third Howl. Theatre Decatur leaves room for old standbys like The Importance of Being Earnest, but seems sincere in its embrace of more exciting plays. More power to them. less...

Best Theater BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Actor's Express
For its second full year under artistic director Jasson Minadakis, ACTOR’S EXPRESS lived up to its rep as Atlanta’s most vital theatrical venue. Bookended by the darkly comic Killer Joe (the season’s most delightfully disturbing play) and the more challenging examination ofmore...

For its second full year under artistic director Jasson Minadakis, ACTOR’S EXPRESS lived up to its rep as Atlanta’s most vital theatrical venue. Bookended by the darkly comic Killer Joe (the season’s most delightfully disturbing play) and the more challenging examination of Southern character, Hazard County, Actor’s Express produced the plays most likely to start arguments — in a good way. Even the shows that didn’t quite click, like The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, had more ambition and ideas than most other playhouses’ best successes.
887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-10. 404-607-7469. www.actorsexpress.com.

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Best New Play Incubator BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Alliance Theatre
You usually see hot new plays emerge from little black box theaters, not a city’s biggest playhouse. But this year, the ALLIANCE THEATRE served as a launching pad for two big, Broadway-bound, Southern-themed world premieres: The Color Purple musical and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. Plus, thanksmore...

You usually see hot new plays emerge from little black box theaters, not a city’s biggest playhouse. But this year, the ALLIANCE THEATRE served as a launching pad for two big, Broadway-bound, Southern-themed world premieres: The Color Purple musical and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. Plus, thanks to a $1.5 million gift from the Kendeda Fund, the Alliance permanently established its Graduate Playwriting Competition to develop bold new works like the Cuban melodrama Day of the Kings. The Alliance did more than pay lip service to the idea that new plays deserve resources.
1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.alliancetheatre.org.

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Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

The New American Shakespeare Tavern

Best Place to See a Play BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Balzer Theatre
The Atlanta theater scene’s most impressive newcomer of the past year wasn’t a person but a place. Theatrical Outfit’s new permanent home, the 200-seat BALZER THEATRE, boasts a slick art deco design, a huge stage, a great sound system and not a bad seat in the house. The Balzermore...

The Atlanta theater scene’s most impressive newcomer of the past year wasn’t a person but a place. Theatrical Outfit’s new permanent home, the 200-seat BALZER THEATRE, boasts a slick art deco design, a huge stage, a great sound system and not a bad seat in the house. The Balzer Theatre gives skittish audiences more than enough reason to venture downtown so long as Theatrical Outfit stages shows such as Hank Williams: Lost Highway that live up to it.
84 Luckie St. 404-651-4727. www.theatricaloutfit.org.

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Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
7 Stages
Despite being a playhouse that specializes in avant-garde work, 7 STAGES enjoyed one of its finest seasons by emphasizing classics, including a definitive version of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot", starring Don Finney and artistic director Del Hamilton. The theater also staged creative versionsmore...
Despite being a playhouse that specializes in avant-garde work, 7 STAGES enjoyed one of its finest seasons by emphasizing classics, including a definitive version of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot", starring Don Finney and artistic director Del Hamilton. The theater also staged creative versions of Ionesco's "The Chairs" and Athol Fugard's "MASTER HAROLD ... and the boys", and debuted the new play, "Iphegenia Crash-Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart", a head-spinning hybrid of Greek tragedy, Latin-American politics and rave culture. 7 Stages just started celebrating its 25th anniversary season, but faces a challenge in topping the last one. "1105 Euclid Ave., 404-523-7647. www.7stages.org" less...

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dad's Garage

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Dad's Garage Theatre
The 2002-03 season was good artistically for DAD'S GARAGE THEATRE, featuring two of the company's best-ever shows: "43 Plays About 43 Presidents" and "Bat Boy: The Musical". It also established the young, scrappy Inman Park theater as a lightning rod for creative commitment, goofy energy and unusualmore...
The 2002-03 season was good artistically for DAD'S GARAGE THEATRE, featuring two of the company's best-ever shows: "43 Plays About 43 Presidents" and "Bat Boy: The Musical". It also established the young, scrappy Inman Park theater as a lightning rod for creative commitment, goofy energy and unusual attention. Jimmy Carter himself attended "43 Presidents", while Archie Comics sent a cease-and-desist letter for the satire "Archie's Weird Fantasy" (reworked as "Weird Comic Book Fantasy"). The summer's late-night improvised play "The Kobe Bryant Project" debuted only days before the basketball player's legal troubles broke. In showing audiences a good time, Dad's Garage has been ahead of the curve. "280 Elizabeth St., 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com" less...

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dad's Garage

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Dad's Garage Theatre

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Horizon Theatre
Little Five Points' HORIZON THEATRE may have hit on an equation for artistic and popular satisfaction. Artistic directors Lisa and Jeff Adler stage smart contemporary scripts like "Boy Gets Girl" and the sublime "Madame Melville", seek the hits of the future with the New South for the New Century Playmore...

Little Five Points' HORIZON THEATRE may have hit on an equation for artistic and popular satisfaction. Artistic directors Lisa and Jeff Adler stage smart contemporary scripts like "Boy Gets Girl" and the sublime "Madame Melville", seek the hits of the future with the New South for the New Century Play Festival, and subsidize the New South event with revivals of hits like "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change". Here's hoping the winning formula lasts.


"1083 Austin Ave. 404-584-7450. www.horizontheatre.com."

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Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

7 Stages
1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647 www.7stages.org. For more than 20 years, 7 Stages has taken more risks than any other Atlanta theater, with artistic director Del Hamilton moving headlong where other playhouses fear to tread. The past season was a representative year, featuring shows that moved and astonishedmore...
1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647 www.7stages.org. For more than 20 years, 7 Stages has taken more risks than any other Atlanta theater, with artistic director Del Hamilton moving headlong where other playhouses fear to tread. The past season was a representative year, featuring shows that moved and astonished ("Sweat"), shows that baffled and perplexed (Jim Grimsley's "In Berlin") and one that did both at once ("Black Battles With Dogs," starring Ism'il Ibn-Conner, pictured). What's more, 7 Stages balances neighborhood with global concerns, exploring contemporary themes with both international artists and such homegrown talents as Grimsley, Rebecca Ranson and the exuberant Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. less...

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dad's Garage Theatre
Dad's Garage can be as much funhouse as playhouse, with its regular troupe apparently willing to go to any length to amuse and engage its increasingly loyal audience. With a friendly vibe and beer flowing freely, it's a place where you're more likely to see Charlie Brown caught in The Matrix than a classicalmore...
Dad's Garage can be as much funhouse as playhouse, with its regular troupe apparently willing to go to any length to amuse and engage its increasingly loyal audience. With a friendly vibe and beer flowing freely, it's a place where you're more likely to see Charlie Brown caught in The Matrix than a classical idea of theater. This year has seen it extend its reach with the world premiere of a comedy by Monty Python's late Graham Chapman and the elaborate, tooth-loosening fights and chases of Action Movie: The Play. less...

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Georgia Shakespeare Festival
Having traded its tent for a permanent theater a few years ago, the impeccably professional and consistent Georgia Shakespeare Festival's only downside now is that it doesn't produce more often. With its summer program having been expanded into the fall and winter, GSF can serve Shakespeare straightmore...
Having traded its tent for a permanent theater a few years ago, the impeccably professional and consistent Georgia Shakespeare Festival's only downside now is that it doesn't produce more often. With its summer program having been expanded into the fall and winter, GSF can serve Shakespeare straight up (consider its recent Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night) or take a concept and run with it, such as Shrew: The Holiday Musical or its modern-dress Richard II. less...
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