Theater notes: 'Rent,' 'Chasin' Them Blues' extended; Ga. Ensemble leaders in news; grant supports Express producer in residence

'Rent,' 'Chasin' Them Blues' extended

Strong early demand has led two Atlanta theater troupes  to extend recently opened  productions by a week each.

Actor's Express will now perform Jonathan Larson's "Rent" through Aug. 16. Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. 887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-107, Atlanta. Tickets, starting at $28: 404-607-7469,

True Colors Theatre Company's run of Kevin Ramsey's "Chasin' Dem Blues: The Untold Story of Paramount Records" is now through Aug. 9. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays (also 11 a.m. July 15 and July 23). $15-$60. Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta. 1-877-725-8849, or

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Credit: hpousner

Georgia Ensemble leaders limit drama to stage

Georgia Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director Bob Farley and Managing Director Anita Allen-Farley began working together in 1968 at the the Pasadena Playhouse in California, marrying eight years later. Their creative union continued at the Alaska Repertory Theatre and has been cruising along in Roswell since 1992.

In a new story on American Theatre’s website, the two share secrets of their collaboration.

Anita: “At GET we work hard to achieve a consensus and present a unified front to the board, staff and our constituents at all times.”

Bob: “Theater is a gift. Every day you get to entertain, provoke, educate and explore the experience of being human. To share that gift with someone you love is amazing.”

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Credit: hpousner

Guterman picked as Express producer in residence

The National New Play Network recently selected Atlantan Clifton Guterman as one of five producers in residence at member companies for 2015-16. His NNPN-supported term will be at Actor’s Express. (The amount of the grant was not disclosed.)

Guterman is a performer, casting director, instructor and “theater administration devotee,” according to the Westside troupe. He has acted off-­Broadway, at numerous regional and local theaters and in films, television shows and commercials. He also is an executive associate, casting director and artistic associate at Theatrical Outfit, where he will go from full-time to half-time while working half-time at Actor’s Express.