Summer Atlanta theater preview

This summer there are several must-see theater events happening all around Atlanta. Whether you're up for pervy puppets or serious drama, you can find something exciting in town. There are even performances happening outside at venues like Serenbe where you can enjoy the warm weather while getting your culture fix at the same time.

Best Cheeky Puppet Musical

While we're still smarting over the loss of Georgia Shakespeare, it's exciting to know that Horizon's production of Avenue Q will be making use of the summer theater in the park slot at Piedmont Park. For the uninitiated, Avenue Q is basically Sesame Street for adults, where a mixture of human and puppet characters search for their purposes in life. The Piedmont Park version (June 3 - 7) will be less racy than the standard version performed later in June at Oglethorpe University, so you can bring your teens without feeling too awkward. There are even some free tickets available if you're willing to bring your own low lawn chair or blanket.

Best Chance to See Lots of New Works on the Cheap

The Atlanta Fringe Festival will take place at venues all around Atlanta from June 4 - 7, 2015. This is a great way to see a lot of new works by the city's most talented writers, and tickets range from $10 for individual shows to an all-access pass for $99. There is a preview party on June 3 for fest-goers who want to make sure they are working in all of the best shows to their schedules. You can hop from venue to venue, or you can settle in at one spot for the night and see 2 or 3 different new shows.

Most Attractive Outdoor Theatre

The farm at Serenbe provides a real escape from the city, and there are several exciting productions on the playhouse's summer schedule. The Secret Garden is a magical musical for the entire family running May 29 - August 2, A Streetcar Named Desire is the steamy Tennessee Williams classic drama running June 11 - 28, and of course, the blockbuster Evita will blow everyone away from July 23 - August 16. The Secret Garden will show off Serenbe's new English Garden, and you can expect a dramatic balcony vista for Evita.

Best Reason to Ugly-Cry in Front of Your Friends

Actor's Express is bringing Rent to Atlanta this summer, and so you can expect to fight back the sniffles while the talented crew sing their faces off. The question is not whether to see this production, but how many times you will want to go back to see it again.

Most Uplifting Show About Crackheads

Alright, go with us here: Water By The Spoonful sounds like it would be a bit depressing, as it centers around an online chat room for reformed drug addicts, but it's actually moving, powerful, and surprisingly uplifting. The production at Pinch & Ouch runs through June 13 and contains passionate performances by the entire cast.