Going to the theater lets you take in dramatic scenes at a safe distance, much like listening to your neighbors argue about how to pronounce "gnocchi." Hide behind the fourth wall with this GrouponLive deal to see A Christmas Carol, 4000 Miles, and Dead Metaphor at the American Conservatory Theater downtown. For $60, you get one ticket for mezzanine seating to each show (up to a $168 value). Plays, artists, and schedules are subject to change. Choose from the following seven performance packages:
- Friday, December 7, at 7 p.m.; Friday, January 25, at 8 p.m., and Friday, March 8, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, December 8, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, January 19, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, December 9, at 1 p.m.; Sunday, January 27, at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m.
- Thursday, December 13, at 7 p.m.; Thursday, January 17, at 8 p.m.; and Thursday, February 28, at 8 p.m.
- Thursday, December 13, at 7 p.m.; Thursday, January 24, at 8 p.m.; and Thursday, March 7, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, December 14, at 7 p.m.; Friday, January 18, at 8 p.m.; and Friday, March 1, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, December 15, at 2 p.m.; Saturday, January 19, at 2 p.m.; and Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m.
Doors open one hour before showtime.
A Christmas Carol (December 7–24)
Now in its 36th year, ACT’s vibrant adaptation of the Charles Dickens’s staple has filled more than 800,000 viewers with holiday spirit. Bay Area favorite James Carpenter reprises his role of the miserly Scrooge, joining a large, multigenerational cast of actors who range in age from 8 to 80. With an original score, period costumes, and scenic design from Tony Award winner John Arnone, ACT’s production dampens humbugs while illuminating the heart and tongue of Dickens’s original text.
4000 Miles (January 17–February 10)
A hapless, carefree 21 year old arrives at his prickly 91-year-old grandmother’s doorstep, staggering from a cross-country cycling trip. As the two share weeks together, their generations tangle, mysteries unfold, and the wisdom of age is examined in an honest, heartfelt manner that shies away from mush and clichés. Twice hailed by the New York Times as “truthful and touching and fine” and “funny, moving … and altogether wonderful”, Amy Herzog’s off-Broadway hit makes its West Coast debut after racking up two OBIE awards—including Best New American Play.
Dead Metaphor (March 5–13)
This world premiere from playwright George F. Walker weaves a darkly comedic tale about the hypocrisies and absurdities an Iraqi war veteran must face when he leaves the battlefield, moves in with his parents, and takes a job working for a politician on a crusade for "truth and justice."
For those attending performances on 12/7 at 7pm, 12/8 at 7pm, and 12/09 at 1pm: Tickets will not be mailed. Ticket packets will need to be picked up at the A.C.T. Box Office on the day of the performance at least 20 minutes prior to showtime.
American Conservatory Theater
Humor, song, and drama all unfold at the ACT's historic theater—originally opened in 1910—which blends austere neoclassicism with the occasional baroque flourish. The theater was built during the reconstruction after the 1906 earthquake, only to be struck by 1989's Loma Prieta earthquake, surviving significant damage and undergoing an extensive renovation and seismic stabilization that have enabled it to continue staging fine drama and overcome its reoccurring earthquake nightmares.