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Michael Jared Tarver plays Dave Bullanksi in the Aurora Theatre's new play "All Childish Things." (Photo: Allie Bartelski)


From left to right, Cara Mantella, Bryan Brendle, Michael Jared Tarver and Enoch King get ready for their master plan during "All Childish Things." (Photo: Allie Bartelski)


The gang checks their "Star Wars" loot during "All Childish Things." (Photo: Allie Bartelski)


Enoch King as Max Farley plays with a light saber in the 'Star Wars' themed "All Childish Things." (Photo: Allie Bartelski)


Enoch King, Cara Mantella, Bryan Brendle and Michael Jared Tarver star in the Aurora Theatre's performance of "All Childish Things." The play runs through Oct. 27. (Photo: Allie Bartelski)

If You Go

• What: “All Childish Things”

• When: 8 p.m. today, runs through Oct. 27. Dates and times vary.

• Where: Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville

• Cost: $16 to $30

• For more information: Visit www.auroratheatre...

LAWRENCEVILLE — Time and place: 2006 in Dave’s mom’s basement.

Four friends come together to go through with the perfect heist in Joseph Zettelmaier’s “All Childish Things” at the Aurora Theatre.

Set in Cincinnati, Dave Bullanski (played by Michael Jared Tarver) has spent five months finding a way to get into Warehouse 6 holding millions of dollars worth of action figures.

That night, the group will steal a collection of “Star Wars” merchandise. Their careful plans turn into chaos as their loyalties are put to the ultimate test.

“I knew it was about a guy who lived in his mom’s basement, but that’s it,” said Patricia Kuipers of Acworth, who came with three friends. “I’m going home to make a post on Facebook saying that people need to see this — and come in costume.”

Daniel Fuller of Lawrenceville was one in the group.

“It brought it just a little too close to home,” he said about the play. “It’s fun just sitting here and wondering what all of the little things say on stage.”

The stage may only be one set, but it is decorated with “Star Wars” posters, action figures, pillows, blankets and then some. And remember, the items are collectibles, not toys.

“All the toys up on stage are mine from my basement,” director Scott Warren said. “The funny thing is ‘Star Wars’ has a strange way+ of returning in cycles in my life. My dad took me to see ‘Star Wars’ when I was 4 and I loved it. It changed everything for me.”

Since then, he’s was married with a “Star Wars” theme and his identical twin boys just had a birthday party with the sci-fi story.

“When (Producing Director) Anthony Rodriguez presented the show to me, I thought he was kidding at first,” Warren said. “It was all serendipitous.”

Rodriguez is also a huge fan of the movies.

“As a child of the 1970s, I experienced firsthand the cultural phenomenon that was ‘Star Wars,’” he said. “I loved that the movie spawned a whole alternative genre of entertainment. Today, there are collectibles from that era that are as valuable as gold or diamonds.”

To celebrate everything nerdy and wonderful about the movies, Aurora is hosting several special events during the span of the performance’s duration.

On Saturday, stormtroopers will invade the Lawrenceville venue for an afternoon of photo opportunities. The troopers are from the Georgia Garrison of the 501st Legion, which is dedicated to re-creating film-quality costumes of the villainous characters of the “Star Wars” galaxy and entertaining “Star Wars” fans with public appearances.

For those into cosplay (aka costume play), the theater is inviting people to dress up in their favorite “Star Wars” costume for the show on Oct. 11. Cosplay participants can receive $10 off tickets to the show when they order online with the promo code “Cosplay.”

All you other non-fanatics out there, there are two events for you. On Oct. 9 and 16, the Aurora will host Wine Down Wednesday in conjunction with Leslie the Wine Gal and Big Boat Wine Company. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the lobby, special selections of themed wines are featured at each event, and patrons may purchase a full pour of their favorites at the concession stand.

“All Childish Things” is sponsored by Peach State Federal Credit Union. The show runs through Oct. 27.

The play has adult language and violence. It is not suitable for young children.