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Theatre Notes

The coming of spring makes everyone frisky, and it’s getting to be time to come out of hibernation and hit the live venues again. March brings an embarrassment of theater-going riches, enough to satisfy the live-performance jones no matter how deep the itch. Seriously, this month the theater community just throws up all over us.

Chi-Town Laughs: The landmark comedy-improv troupe Second City Company rolls into the UGA Performing Arts Center’s Hodgson Concert Hall Mar. 2 & 3. This is huge. Based out of Chicago (there’s also a troupe in Toronto), Second City was instrumental in launching the careers of Alan Arkin, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Stephen Colbert, Dan Castellaneta, Steve Carell, Tina Fey and on and on. Audiences can expect some top-drawer comedy from performers who are likely to be household names within a few years, so look forward to scoring at the water-cooler when you casually mention that you saw them before they were on TV.

Showtimes are at 8 p.m., Friday, Mar. 2 & Saturday, Mar. 3. Tickets are $39, with special discounts for UGA students. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Performing Arts Center box office at (706)-542-4400.

Artistic Visions: University Theatre continues its run of Hidden Man, by Pamela Turner, Feb. 29–Mar. 4 in the Cellar Theatre of the UGA Fine Arts Building. Set in the early 1980s, the play explores an unusual friendship that develops between a young gay nihilist and Reverend Howard Finster, the North Georgia folk artist known for his raw, discursive paintings based upon prophetic visions and for the album covers he did for R.E.M. and Talking Heads. This looks to be a fascinating show about the meeting of two radically different minds, and certainly worth checking out.

Showtimes are 8 p.m., Wednesday–Saturday, Feb. 29–Mar. 3, and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 4. Tickets are $15 and $12 for students. To purchase tickets, see, call (706) 542-4400 or buy tickets at the door before the show. For more information, see

A Classic Revisited: The Circle Ensemble Theatre Company brings The Diary of Anne Frank to the Morton Theatre Feb. 29–Mar. 3. For those of you—and I can’t imagine how many that could possibly be—who didn’t read the book in school, it is a harrowing true story of a Jewish family hidden in an Amsterdam attic in hopes of escaping Nazi internment, seen through the eyes of 13-year-old Anne. The 1956 play is powerful, and this production promises to be something worth seeing.

Showtimes are Wednesday–Saturday, Feb. 29–Mar. 3, 7:30 p.m, with 10:30 matinee shows also slated for Wednesday–Friday at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and students with ID. For more information, visit

Fruit Roll-Up: The Rose of Athens Theatre will present James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl’s beloved story about a boy, his insect friends and a gigantic flying piece of pre-cobbler, directed by Lisa Cesnik Ferguson. Like most Rose of Athens shows, this one will show for school-age audiences before a limited public run at Seney-Stovall Chapel, Mar. 2 & 3 and 9 & 10. Also like most Rose of Athens shows, it looks to be a lot of fun.

Showtimes are Friday, Mar. 2, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Mar. 3, at 2 & 7 p.m.; Friday, Mar. 9, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Mar. 10, at 2 & 7 p.m.. Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for students and $8 for children. Call the Rose of Athens Theatre box office at (706) 340-9181 or visit

Have a Green Beer and Leer: Looking for something to do on St. Patrick’s Day? OK, looking for something to do in addition to getting swacked? Effie’s Club Follies presents March’s installment of Burlesque Beta on Saturday, Mar. 17, or as they’re calling it “St. Pasties Day.†The monthly variety show has gotten more popular and a lot racier since it started a few months ago, so this one is not to be missed. As always, it’s at Go Bar, starts at 10 p.m., and there’s a $3 cover.

If I Were a Rich Man: For those who like their theater Broadway-musical-style, Saturday, Mar. 24 brings the current touring company of Fiddler on the Roof to the Classic Center. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $10–$65 and available at