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 this GrouponLive deal to see A Minister’s Wife, presented by the Penfold Theatre Company at The Trinity Street Theatre. For $20, you get two tickets for general-admission seating (up to a $40 value). Choose from the following shows:
- Friday, March 29, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, March 30, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, March 31, at 5 p.m.
- Thursday, April 4, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, April 5, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, April 6, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, April 7, at 5 p.m.
- Thursday, April 11, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, April 12, at 8 p.m.
The unspoken understanding between a husband and wife is driven to the forefront in A Minister’s Wife, the 2011 musical adaptation of a George Bernard Shaw comedy. Rev. James Mavor Morell is comfortable in all aspects of his existence—he enjoys the respect of his peers, a sense of satisfaction about his charitable works, and an enviable home life with his beautiful wife, Candida. All that changes with the arrival of the brash young poet Eugene Marchbanks, who is enamored of Candida and throws the reverend’s entire self-conception into doubt with just a few cutting remarks. Marchbanks accuses the minister of a terrible hypocrisy: publicly devoting himself to the well-being of others while privately exploiting his own wife with a suffocating selfishness.
As their debate rages, Candida flits off and on stage, serving Eugene and her husband dinner, and offering nary a clue about her own opinions of the matter—until she takes center stage to explain herself in a soaring climactic aria. The New York Times’ Charles Isherwood was smitten with the play’s lush yet subtle piano- and cello-driven score, and noted that unlike other Shaw adaptations, “the creators of A Minister’s Wife are aiming for something closer to the original [play], allowing music to give emotional accents to the story without interrupting the easy flow of the drama with discrete musical sequences.”
Photo by Paul Kolnik, courtesy of the Lincoln Center
Montage of the Musical’s Original Lincoln Center Run
Penfold Theatre Company
Penfold Theatre Company takes offense to the notion that the best theater comes from New York. In every successful season, the Round Rock stock of actors and artists give the Great White Way a run for its money with inspired productions. Hatched in the summer of 2007—after an 18-hour road trip led its founders to the dramatic potential of the hills of north Travis and Williamson Counties—Penfold quickly blossomed into a community jewel and a critics’ darling. Winner of the Austin Critics Table Award for Best Musical Production for the third year in a row, the troupe embarks on a new season filled with comedy, drama, and music—all while breeding new stocks of young thespians in their Penfold Players acting classes and summer camps.