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 one ticket to see Our Town, presented by The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (up to $66 value)
- When: any performance through November 17. Shows take place Thursdays–Sundays.
- Where: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre
- Seating: orchestra section
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
- Click here to view the performance schedule.
The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn't reflect discounts for children 18 and under.
Before it graced the Broadway stage and won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Our Town made its debut at Princeton's McCarter Theater in 1938. Returning to its home state, the classic work by Thornton Wilder whisks audiences to the fictional small town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, and pulls them back in time to 1901. Over three acts, a stage manager punctures the fourth wall to speak directly to the audience, introducing the intertwining stories of the townspeople. Act one focuses on the routine of everyday tasks, from the morning milk delivery to the school bell beckoning children from their homes. Act two opens three years later, zooming in on the wedding preparations of high-school sweethearts George and Emily while backtracking just a bit to let their prenuptial fears and anxieties show. The third act—nine years later—meditates on death, but in doing so celebrates life. The postdeath contemplations of Emily emphasize just how much life should be valued: "every, every minute" of it.
When Wilder wrote Our Town, he did so largely in response to what he viewed as the superficiality and evasiveness of theater in his time. Doing away with fancy trappings, Our Town is staged without a set and with minimal props. The narrative then conveys its heavy themes through metatheatrical devices: the words of the stage manager, the mimed actions of the performers, and the telepathic presentation of the play's CliffsNotes.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
One of the nation's most esteemed Shakespeare outfits, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has brought the playwright's work to life for the past half-century. But the troupe takes its name more as an inspiration than a strict limit, also mounting productions of other classics by writers such as Thornton Wilder and Noël Coward. Once a summer, the company takes to the College of Saint Elizabeth's outdoor amphitheater—modeled after Athens' Theater of Dionysius, a favorite venue for Shakespeare performances in Greece—to present the bard's work in the way he intended: alive under the open sky.
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre
36 Madison Ave.
Madison, New Jersey 07940