Atlanta takes center stage

> "Too Busy to Hate, Too Hard to Commute," a collaboration with Chicago's famous Second City comedy troupe, premieres in September at the Alliance Theatre. About 70 percent of the show will be written comedy sketches about everything from Michael Vick to the governor's prayers for rain, while the rest will be improv, says co-writer Ed Furman. He and his writing partner T.J. Shanoff took a whirlwind tour of the metro area that included visits to the Margaret Mitchell House, Stone Mountain, the Clermont Lounge and a trip on a packed MARTA train headed for a Braves game. "We also spent a lot of time in the car," says Furman.

> Another Alliance Theatre production coming this fall, "Managing Maxine," by Atlanta playwright Janece Shaffer, takes place in Atlanta in an unnamed neighborhood that resembles Druid Hills. It's a romantic comedy about a woman, age 70, who falls in love for the first time.

> Atlanta's French language theater, Theatre du Reve, plans to remount an original production called "Voir un Ami Pleurer" during the second week of September. The play was written for and inspired by Atlanta artists and features many Atlanta references, says artistic director Park Krausen.

> "Jewtopia" originally took place in New York City, but the version currently playing at the 14th Street Playhouse is set in Atlanta, says director Blake Hall.

> The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company's yearly holiday show, "An Atlanta Christmas," is planned for December at the Academy Theatre. It features new segments each year about our city.

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