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New London Theatre wraps up 'Cats' this weekend

By Anna Ferguson

Staff Writer

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gwinnettdailypost.com

Patrons of the theater can be divided into two groups: those who absolutely love "Cats," and those who really don't. This weekend, the New London Theatre will make that first group happy. The Snellville-based community theater group will wrap up its two-week "Cats" run with performances today through Sunday.

Originally composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, "Cats" was first produced in 1981 in London, at the New London Theatre. (Ironic, isn't it?) With actors decked out in feathered hairdos, painted faces and stretchy leotards, the musical tells the story of tribes of alley cats and their struggle to survive.

"Cats" will be performed by Gwinnett's New London Theatre in the South Gwinnett High School theater, 2288 E. Main St., Snellville. Show times are 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Visit www.newlondontheatre.org.

Cheaper

than couple's therapy

Maybe he always leaves the toilet seat up. Maybe she nags about washing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Maybe you think it's annoying, but Tommy Blaze thinks it's hilarious.

Known as "The Master of Relationship Humor," Blaze will bring his reality-based comedy to The Punchline this weekend. Pointing out the farcical flaws in both genders is Blaze's specialty, and it makes for the perfect date night. After all, laughing at each other is a lot cheaper than couple's therapy.

Blaze will perform his stand-up act today through Sunday at The Punchline, 280 Hilderbrand Drive NE, Atlanta. Shows are at 8 and 10 p.m. today, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range in price from $15 to $19.50. Call 404-252-5233 or visit www.punchline.com.

Sing it, girl

After opening in March at the 14th Street Playhouse, "Respect: The Musical Journey of Women" has become a runaway success, and with good reason. While it could have been an alienating, girl-power play, "Respect" is instead an entertaining ride through the history of the modern woman.

Set to a soundtrack of top-40 hits - both past and present - the show takes audiences through female struggles and triumphs during the 20th century. All types of women are celebrated, from stay-at-home moms to Supreme Court justices. Thankfully, the play never insults the men who stood alongside them.

"Respect" is now in its final weeks, and will end its run July 29. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. An additional matinee will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $34.50. The 14th Street Playhouse is located at 173 14th St., Atlanta. Visit www.14thstplayhouse.org or www.respectthemusical.com.