Without the applause of an audience, actors have no way of knowing how well they've died. Stand and ovate with this GrouponLive deal to The Pearl Theatre Company. For $79, you get a three-play pass for general admission to all of the remaining shows in the 2012–13 season (a $150 value).
In Acting Shakespeare, Thursday, January 10–Sunday, February 3
In the mid-1980s, a boy named Jim DeVita was bowled over by the work of stage legend Sir Ian McKellen as McKellen performed his original piece, Acting Shakespeare. The one-man show of Shakespearean monologues stuck with young DeVita even as he grew into an adult. And at 24, he found himself balancing two lives: a sunlit, blue-collar existence working on a fishing boat, and a nighttime persona onstage as a classical actor. In his adaptation of McKellen’s original piece, DeVita interweaves masterful soliloquies, his own autobiography, and fictionalized accounts of the Bard’s working-class origins.
Henry IV, Part 1, Friday, February 15–Sunday, March 17
The company next brings Shakespeare’s epic tale of the War of the Roses to vivid life. As the play begins, Henry Bolingbroke has won the throne, but rebellions are popping up like violent molehills, and his son, Prince Hal, is more interested in the tavern than the battleground. Gastronome and nominally loyal knight Jack Falstaff is only too happy to lead young Hal down the garden path to debauchery, but the uprising of an ambitious nobleman nicknamed Hotspur forces the carefree young royal to confront his responsibilities.
And Away We Go, Friday, April 19–Sunday, May 19
The season concludes with a world-premiere from four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally, a piece that examines the role of theater through the ages. Six actors take on six roles apiece as the story drops in backstage in ancient Athens, speeds on to the Renaissance to visit a rehearsal at the Globe Theatre, and catches the American premiere of Waiting for Godot in Coconut Grove. Speaking to David Ng at the Los Angeles Times, the 72-year-old McNally explained that his motivations are rooted in a lifetime in the business: “It’s a summation of what I’ve learned watching theater. It’s also stylistically very different than anything I’ve ever done.”