If you are looking for a different way to get the family together for a night on the town in Atlanta, or if you have friends in town and want to show them a different side of the city, check out The New American Shakespeare Tavern. Through the end of March, the company is performing Much Ado About Nothing, and from April 4 - April 28, the company will be performing Julius Caesar.
There are three different levels of seating: the floor, the boxes, and the balcony. The theater is small enough that you will be able to see wherever you sit, but the floor tables have a little bit more room for your dinner plates. Seating is general admission within the sections, so you will want to arrive early to secure a primo spot. Also, the kitchen closes shortly before the performance begins, so if you want to eat dinner at the tavern, be sure to allow time to wait in line for your grub and grog.
If you still think Shakespeare is droll and dry, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how accessible the production is, for audiences of all ages. Particularly with a comedy like Much Ado, you'll find yourself drawn easily in to the onstage antics. If your children are intrigued by the production, you might want to consider enrolling them in the Shakespeare Superheroes summer camp for elementary and middle school tots. Enrollment begins in March, and more information is available online at www.ShakespeareTavern.com.
Pricing for tickets is reasonable, and half-price seats are often available online at Atlantix.