I confess to being the previously unnamed beneficiary of keif’s mad quest for 31 shows in 31 days. As her frequent guest to these art events, I have—already in these first 11 days—enjoyed an amazing array of what Atlanta has to offer in the arts. I do not, however, have the commitment of attending an event each and every day or of reporting back in the blog. So when she asked me to guest blog I could hardly refuse.
Saturday we upped the madness quotient with two shows in one evening: the 8pm performance of Come Fly with Me at the Alliance Theatre followed by the 10:30pm closing performance of HAIR at 7 Stages. The only downside of the plan was the need to dash out of the Alliance mid-curtain call to get across town for the curtain at 7 Stages. I detest this practice and become irate when I see it. I guess I’ll need to be more open to the possibility of mitigating factors in the future…
The Woodruff Arts Center’s shared lobby always adds a little chaos and thus excitement. We ran into an acquaintance headed to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s concert, but who had already seen and loved Come Fly with Me. She wasn’t alone—what a treat to have these world-class dancers and musicians on an Atlanta stage!
Our later race across town brought us a whole different treat. Del Hamilton and the cast of HAIR presented a buoyant, heart-wrenching, and entirely relevant interpretation of a musical theater landmark and we were happy, with most of the rest of the audience, to dance with the cast on stage at the end of the show.
We produce great art in this city, in venues both large and small. Get out and see something!