Superstition dictates that instead of wishing actors "good luck," you should tell them to "break a leg" or "stir me with your acting, you beautiful beast." Be moved with this GrouponLive deal to see Grand Canyon University’s production of The Cherry Orchard at Ethington Theatre. For $12, you get two tickets for general admission (a $24 value). Choose from the following performances:
- Friday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, February 17, at 2 p.m.
- Friday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, February 24, at 2 p.m.
A family drama, a comic socioeconomic parable of turn-of-the-century Russia, and a sharp stick in the eye of the bourgeoisie, Anton Chekhov’s final play, The Cherry Orchard, is a rich onion that performers and audiences have peeled for more than a century. The plot centers upon the spoiled Madame Ranevskaya and her family of aristocrats, whose privileged way of life is being challenged by the rise of the middle class and serfdom’s demise. On a trip to save their family estate and titular cherry orchard from the auctioning block, the Ranevskayas struggle to maintain their lofty existence as Chekhov’s prose swings from tragic devastation to laugh-out-loud humor.
As with all Grand Canyon University productions, the theater students involve themselves with every aspect of the production, from acting, directing, and lighting to set construction and proper borscht preparation. Ethington Theatre's cozy 311-seat space encourages an immediate connection between the audience and the actors.