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Red Clay will host improv comedy group

By Lauren Morgan

Staff Writer

lauren.morgan@gwinnettdailypost.com

Fans of the show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" will love the Off the Cobb Comedy Improv Show Saturday at Red Clay Theatre in Duluth.

As one of Atlanta's most innovative improv comedy troupes, The OTC's wacky and slightly "off the center, off the chain" actors use suggestions from the audience to create the shows.

There will be a family show at 5 p.m. and a regular show at 8 p.m. The fast-paced family show uses audience suggestions and incorporates young attendees into the comedy sketches. The kids might be part of a family vacation slide show, a sing-a-long or might provide the lines during "Clips and Phrases." For the 8 p.m. show, the group will perform such signature pieces as "Instant Sitcom," where an audience member becomes a special guest star.

Admission for the 8 p.m. show is $14 per person, and the cost for the family show is $10 for adults and $6 for children over 4 years of age.

Red Clay Theatre and Arts Center is located at 3116 Main St., Duluth. For reservations, call 678-525-5008 or visit www.offthecobb.com.

Aurora to debut

black-box theater

"Annie Get Your Gun" continues at the Aurora Theatre this weekend, but there's lots more to see at the Lawrenceville venue.

Tonight is the world premiere of the play "Iron Moon," at 8 p.m. This will be the first production in the Aurora's new black-box theater, Discovery Studio Point Theatre. The play, written by Atlanta resident Gabriel Dean and directed by his wife Jessie Dean, will run through Sept. 8.

Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 26 and Sept. 2. Tickets are $19 for general admission, $16 for seniors and groups of 10 or more, and $13 for Aurora Theatre subscribers and students.

Aurora will also kick off this season's Children's Playhouse on Saturday with "Cinderella." Wendy Bennett will tell the familiar and well-loved fairy tale with delightful music, props, puppets, costumes and lots of audience involvement.

Tickets for Children's Playhouse shows are $7. The Aurora is located at 128 Pike Street, Lawrenceville. For more information, call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

New play tackles

domestic violence, abuse

"Best Friends," a play presented by Colour Cenoir Productions and Wells Expression, will premiere at Dave and Buster's in Duluth for this weekend only.

Directed by Duluth resident Michelle Walker, the show explores how domestic violence and mental, physical and verbal abuse destroys women and their relationships with others. The play tells the stories of three different women, how they deal with abuse, and learn to rise above the pain with the help of their friends.

"Best Friends" will be performed at 6 and 8 p.m. Sunday in the showroom at Dave and Buster's, 4000 Venture Drive in Duluth. Tickets cost $25. For more information, call 678-651-9272.