It’s not enough to say that Agatha’s serves great food and houses the most audacious actors in the ATL. I wouldn’t be exaggerating the need if I proclaimed the delectable 5-course dinner with wine, accompanied by a stellar performance with shared laughter, combined with engaging role playing is exactly how I must eat dinner - every night, for the rest of my life on earth! The whole experience should have came with the disclaimer:
- FOLKS. DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME ALONE. YOU'LL JUST WANT TO GO TO AGATHA'S EVEN MORE! -
Last night, we “Followed the Yellow Belt Line” into a peculiar land of “Murders, Drug Dealers, Low-Market Values, Oh, My!” - as I joined a group of friends for Girls Night Out at Agatha’s to enjoy a revamped version of The Wizard of Oz. As soon as I arrived I was greeted by Glenda, “the good witch” played by the hilarious Tara Ochs, who also starred as Dorothy and co-wrote the feature play. Then I was directed to play the role of Jalopy, a Munchkin, late in Act 3. Say-What? I thought. I knew from that point I wasn’t in Kansas anymore and I needed to prepare my mind for the unexpected. Thank Oz! I wasn’t alone two of my girlfriends at our table actually had to write lyrics to a song they were cast to perform in the theatrical parody.
As we sat at our table, waiting in anticipation for the main entree, our hunger pains were pleasantly distracted by the wise-cracking Scarecrow; played by Ryan Girard, the director of the play. Girard also starred as LaCastor , “the neutral witch” in Act 3, whose punch-lines and facial expressions in drag were gut-busting - to say the least! The inserted artist, like myself and other participating members of the audience fit comfortably into the theatrics. character roles of the Tin Man, the Murdered Mayor (whom just couldn’t stay dead), the Cowardly Lion which added a flair of excitement from act to act. Seriously, these co-stars were unbelievably remarkable performers, for amateurs, making the entire show more humorous than anything I have ever participated in. Or, maybe it was just their ridiculously silly borrowed props and costumes from Agatha’s that complimented their outstanding performances. I won’t detail how I slaughtered my part, as Jalopy in singing a killer version of “We’re Off to See the Wizard.”
I can see why Agatha’s has been around for over 20 years in Atlanta. It was unadulterated entertainment at its best! So help me Oz! It would hardly be absurd to make eating and role playing with Agatha’s a family-friendly tradition at least once a month. To make a reservation or find out more about Agatha's check out the website at: www.agathas.com