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“Great venue in Mid-town Atlanta”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Alliance Theatre

Alliance Theatre
Ranked #55 of 286 things to do in Atlanta
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Owner description: Theater located in the Woodruff Arts Center.
Atlanta, Georgia, Usa
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59 reviews
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“Great venue in Mid-town Atlanta”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

A mainstay of Atlanta for decades, the Alliance Theatre has a wide variety of performances from niche groups to more mainstream performances (although usually on the "niche" side). On a recent visit, they had the place set as a country bar/club to fit the group performing. It is on the smaller size making the audience more in touch with the entertainment.

It's a great way to cap a visit to the High Museum of Atlanta located on the same property off Peachtree Street.

Visited April 2013
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“Wonderful theater”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

Very professional theater for a local company. Some of the plays go from Atlanta to NY and Broadway. Always very well done with excellent actors and actresses.

Visited June 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Such a nice theatre!”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

I never miss A Christmas Carol at the Alliance. This is a family tradition. There are so many great shows at the Alliance through the year. This is a must see!!

Visited December 2012
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Atlanta
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“Our special theater in Atlanta”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

We have been season ticket holders as this is such a charming theater with world class plays. If you love the theater, don't miss this on your next visit to Atlanta.

Visited December 2012
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“Alliance Theatre & Zorro!”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

I recently visited the Alliance Theatre and thought it was a great venue. Located in Midtown it is convenient to get to via MARTA (right behind the Arts Center Station), it's within walking distance from several hotels, and as it's inside the Woodruff center, there is plenty to do there. It's Family friendly and from what I understand, the Theatre has one of the largest operating budgets of any Regional Theatre in the country. This means they have the ability to put on some great shows and it's a go to for many productions who premiere work there before taking it to Broadway.

One of those productions making its premiere at the Alliance is Zorro!, which I was fortunate to catch the other night. The production value of this show is amazing. This is something you don't normally get in a Regional Theatre. It's obvious that the show's producers are prepping it for a run on Broadway. The musical itself needs some work in areas of story, and in other places, some of the numbers need to be shortened and tightened up.

The Actors who make up this production are fantastic. Many have already performed on Broadway and several others will no doubt be big names soon. Standouts were Nicholas Carriere as the villainous Ramon who played the role with such relish and charm. I have seen a lot of shows on Broadway, and this is an actor who you rarely come across. The Alliance lucked out getting him as he has such command of his craft and has the power to be convincing and at the same time, engaging. It was one of those performances were you felt hypnotized and you end up secretly rooting for the Villain. (It doesn't hurt that he's physically stunning). He made the show and I can only hope that they make some changes to the character and utilize him more. Ramon needs a song and in the short song he does sing, it is obvious that Carriere has a powerful and beautiful voice.

Other standouts include Nastiascia Diaz as the Gypsy. Another great actress that the Producers were lucky to get. Like Carriere, she has a great stage presence and is the only one to match Carriere's abilities. These two are the obvious actors in the show and I wonder if they were chosen to complement one another. Diaz as the Gypsy was beautiful and the comedic relief that the musical needs. She and Carriere are really the only two performers who embrace their characters and give you Broadway worthy performances.

This isn't to say the rest of the cast isn't good because they are. Andrea Goss as heroine Luisa has a gorgeous voice and does the best she can with a character who seems a bit confused and one note. Goss is definitely capable of much more if the writers would make some adjustments. Adam Jacobs as the title character of Zorro is also enjoyable, but doesn't seem to have much energy or the sex appeal and charisma that you'd expect from the Zorro character. Like Goss, Jacobs does have a very nice voice, so it is understandable why he was cast.

The music and dancing is a bit campy, but fun and I thought well produced. I disagree with another reviewer here who said that the dancing was just okay and casted poorly. I think the reviewer failed to realize that, according to the Playbill, the dancers he talks about are from famous Flamenco troupes, so they are obviously a little better than just "okay." Additionally, in my opinion, equating the weight of the dancers with their talent and/or the reason for being cast poorly, is a bit narrow-minded.

Overall, I really enjoyed this show and would recommend it if you're in the area. It would be a fun show for a family outing (children will love the fight sequences and illusions) and adults will enjoy the music of the Gipsy Kings. Zorro has the potential of becoming a great Broadway show if it makes some tweaks, develops the characters more, and add some numbers!

Visited April 2013
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