Watching a play is the second-best way to achieve emotional catharsis, right behind writing a play about achieving emotional catharsis. Tear-stain a playbill with this GrouponLive deal.
- $25 for two tickets to see Ohio Shakespeare Festival present Cymbeline (up to a $50 value)
- Where: Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
- Seating: open seating
- When: selected dates at 8 p.m.
- Door time: picnic grounds open at 6 p.m.; a preshow on the green begins at 7:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view all available performances.
Student discounted tickets are available, but this Groupon still offers the best deal.
The drama of Cymbeline starts with a secret wedding: Imogen, the daughter of the play's titular king, clandestinely marries Posthumus. For this, her father promptly banishes her husband from the court. Meanwhile, the dubious queen plots to kill the king and his daughter so that her son—the king's stepson—can inherit the throne.
What follows is a multi-layered tale involving real poison, fake poison, kidnapping, mistaken identity, and a special celebrity cameo from the god Jupiter. Adapted with a free and baroque hand by William Shakespeare from a British legend, Cymbeline vacillates between vengeful and joyful, sending viewers on a roller-coaster ride of emotions more intensely than a trip to Tragicomedy Mountain Family Fun Park.
Ohio Shakespeare Festival
"Lively characterizations and an irrepressible sense of fun”—that's how Cleveland Scene once summed up the strengths of Ohio Shakespeare Festival. It's a fitting approach to the works of the ever-sly Bard, especially given the fest's convivial outdoor setting. Dusk finds spectators on the edges of their picnic blankets as immortal plots twist and turn before their eyes and sandwiches.