After a few temporary locations, a lot of hard work, and a lot of love from the ATL community, Dad’s Garage is finally settling into their new O4W home. They’re devoting the entire month of January to celebrating their new digs — with some assistance from their besties, of course.
Mayhaps it was Joe Cocker who crooned it best, “Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends.” And really, where would we be without the support of our closest friends? They’re the other half to our heart necklaces, the peanut butter to our jelly, the Thelma to our Louise’s! Over the years they’ve shared our secrets, made us laugh so hard we’ve cried, and offered us up a harbor when we find ourselves displaced. When the going gets tough, the tough turn to their true-blue allies for a cold beer, camaraderie, and some good humor. After all, what are friends for? And now one beloved local theatre is taking a step back to celebrate the folks in their corner.
Dad’s Garage recognizes that they couldn’t have made it to their brand new home in the Old 4th ward without the community at-large corralling around ‘em. After quite a long road of fundraising, crashing on the proverbial couch at Little Five Points’ 7 Stages, and renovating a church into a theatre fit for their rowdy style of comedy, the beloved theatre is moving into their own home for more of those belly-shaking performances that we’ve grown to know and and love them for – improv shows, classes, online revelry, and original productions (including plays like the acclaimed Magic Negro and Other Blackness by Mark Kendall). Yep, they’re up and at ‘em more than ever – and the whole month of January is devoted to celebrating their new home (with some assistance from their besties, of course).
Yup, the crew at Dad’s Garage have certainly accrued some pretty infamously hilarious comrades over the years, and for every show in the whole month of January, they’ll be stopping by for endless debauchery and yuks. Gracing the new digs for side-stitching humor will be BFFs from the Atlanta Ballet, the Atlanta Opera, improv troupes from the great white north (that’s Canada, y’all), founding members of Dad’s Garage, and maybe even a few famously funny guys like Colin Mochrie of Whose Line Is It Anyway, and Matt Jones, aka “Badger” from Breaking Bad. And now, Scouts, you can get in on the celebration with a drink ticket to accompany your theatre ticket. It may not be highbrow, but it’s definitely still theatre- and nothing goes better with theatre of questionable taste than local beer. Or wine. Or a mixed drink. That’s right folks, you’re also helping break in the brand new bar featuring a local tap selection and a whole buncha liquor. So we say to the Old 4th Ward, now that Dad’s Garage is the new kid on the block: the party’s on Ezzard St.