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Art Beat: Lionheart Theatre roars with a brand new season

"Even in these struggling economic times, folks still want to entertain and be entertained," Lionheart Theatre's artistic director Tanya Carroll said.

The Norcross-based theatre group has continued to remain very active during these uncertain times. In addition to signing a lease with the city of Norcross, they have also announced an ambitious season and are collaborating with another nonprofit group to offer a series of one act plays this week.

This year's season will have six productions, beginning with "The Love List," playing Feb. 13 to 22. This sophisticated comedy "has a little edge," Carroll said. It's all about "the way men look at women."

The beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder will be performed March 20 to April 5. "Pump Boys and Dinettes" will follow from May 8 to 24. This play is described as a "Rock 'n Roll, Country and Blues Musical Revue" and is the sort of show that feeds off the energy and pleasure of its audience, celebrating life and love in a small, southern town.

Lionheart will focus on the youngsters during the summer, offering the exciting children's story "Treasure Island" from July 16 to 19. In September, the touching drama "Heaven on Earth" runs from Sept. 4 to 20. To end the year, Lionheart will produce the magnificent James Goldman play "The Lion in Winter" from Nov. 6 to 22. This play about England's Medieval King Henry II and his contentious family is full of both wit and pathos.

Lionheart is offering a "Season Flex Pass." For $100, patrons can enjoy 10 admissions to any play, any number of times throughout the year. That's a savings of $50.

Lionheart is also collaborating with a fellow group of thespians for a series of one-act plays this week at their College Street Playhouse in the Norcross Arts and Community Center. Onion Man Productions is a nonprofit group that originated in Chicago but is now based in Atlanta. Today through Sunday, theater-goers can enjoy five one-act plays repeated each evening. Although a different nonprofit group, Lionheart actors are taking part.

"Partnering with Onion Man Productions gives them a house to perform in and gives Lionheart actors more opportunities to be onstage," Carroll said.

These one-act plays, from Atlanta and Chicago playwrights, include "Bluethroat," "Bobbie's Book Club," "Duck: Two Breasts, Sauteed," "The Attendant" and "Therapy." Times are 8 p.m. today, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and

3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 cash with $1 per ticket being donated to charity.

For more information about Lionheart Theatre, visit the Web site at www.Lionhearttheatre.org or call 770-885-0425.

Holly Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. E-mail her at hcalmes@mindspring.com.