"The Whale" Play for Two at Victory Gardens Theater (Up to 51% Off). 15 Showtimes Available.

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An acclaimed director brings to life a young playwright’s story about an obese gay man reconnecting with his daughter as he dies

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Limit 4 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem immediately for a ticket at venue will call. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Victory Gardens Theater. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must redeem together to sit together. Discount reflects Victory Gardens Theater's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 1hr before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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 The Whale at Victory Gardens Theater. Shows are available from April 5 through April 21. Start by clicking the drop-down menus above, then choose from the following date ranges:

  • For $40, you get two tickets to a Friday or weekday show, April 5–12 (up to an 80 value, including all fees).
  • For $45, you get two tickets to a Saturday or Sunday show, April 6–14 (up to a $91 value, including all fees).
  • For $47, you get two tickets to the show on Wednesday, April 17 (up to a $95 value, including all fees).
  • For $52, you get two tickets to the show on Thursday, April 18, or Friday, April 19 (up to a $103 value, including all fees).
  • For $56, you get two tickets to the show on Saturday, April 20, or Sunday, April 21 (up to a $112 value, including all fees).

All seating will be in the rear right of the theater. Doors open one hour before each performance.

The Plot

By turns touching, thought-provoking, and hilarious, The Whale follows the decline of Charlie, the 600-pound protagonist, confined to his Idaho apartment. Turning to fast food to escape the death of his boyfriend and failures of his past, Charlie's story emerges through conversations with visitors to his apartment. Guests include an enthusiastic Mormon missionary; his estranged daughter, Ellie whom he has not seen in 17 years; and his friend, Liz, who enables his self-destruction with food. Slowly revealing the gentle, wounded humanity in Charlie, the play was proclaimed a "high-caliber contemporary drama" by the Denver Post, and showcases the modern constructions of family and friends and how they along with religion shape our lives.

Behind the Scenes

A native of northern Idaho, playwright Samuel D. Hunter turns his perceptive eye on his homeland, eschewing the coastal fixation of most writers and virtually all penguins. His script for 2011's A Bright New Boise netted him an Obie award for playwriting and a Drama Desk nomination for best play. Director Joanie Schultz leads Victory Gardens' production, bringing the nuanced staging and emotional subtlety that led the Chicago Sun-Times to name her "one of the city's strongest and most stylistically adaptable directors."

Victory Gardens Theater

Victory Gardens Theater, a Tony winner for Outstanding Regional Theatre, produces world premiere productions. Since its multimillion dollar renovation of the Biograph Theater and its surrounding ectoplasm in 2006, Victory Gardens has called the historic landmark its home. One of the theater's 2010 premieres went on to become a Pulitzer Prize finalist. The Theater is devoted to artistic excellence and creating a vital and contemporary American Theater that is accessible to all people through its productions of fresh and challenging plays.

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