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.
- The Dresser or Jack and the Beanstalk
- When: The Dresser runs February 15–March 8; Jack and the Beanstalk runs March 26–April 12
- Where: Gamut Classic Theatre
- Section: general admission
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $21.50 for two tickets to see the The Dresser (up to $54 value)
- $42 for four tickets to see The Dresser (up to $108 value)
- $8 for two tickets to see Jack and the Beanstalk (up to $16 value)
- $16 for four tickets to see Jack and the Beanstalk (up to $32 value)
The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn't reflect student or senior discounts.
The Dresser—inspired by playwright Ronald Harwood's backstage experiences with Shakespearean legend Sir Donald Woolfitt—pits the titular theater hand, Norman, against his charge, known only as Sir, in a desperate battle to stage King Lear. But standing in the way is more than the casual demands of spoiled celebrity. Sir is not only forgetful of his lines, but also of who and where he is. Added to the gravity of these frustrations is the ever-present threat of a Nazi air raid sending the whole show literally up in smoke at any moment. With humor and no small amount of poignancy, The Dresser reminds audiences what's most important in life: the theater.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Magic beans are surely better than money. At least, that's what Jack thinks when an old man hoodwinks him out of the family cow, offering him the legumes for payment. When Jack returns home, his mother is so mad she throws the paltry payment out the window. What happens next is as dazzling to young children as it is familiar to parents—a beanstalk reaches up into the clouds, where giants live and a princess is being held captive. The Popcorn Hat Players' original version of this timeless fairytale charms everyone while teaching kids the unyielding importance of bravery and cleverness.
Gamut Theatre Group
Like a pair of dramaturgical masks, the Gamut Theatre Group has two sides. Wearing the more serious face is the Harrisburg Shakespeare Company, a troupe of seven artists who supplement the works of the Bard with similar works that are Shakespearean in content if not in authorship. Sporting friendlier faces are the Popcorn Hat Players, a team of actors and scriptwriters who produce original versions of classic children's stories with minimal scenery and absolutely no lengthy litigation scenes.