Seasoned actors can convey subtle emotions to the back row, even through their two-man horse costume. Watch pros at work with this GrouponLive deal: for $21, you get one ticket for orchestra-level seating to Packer Fans from Outer Space at Vogel Hall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (up to a $41.75 value, including all fees). Choose from the following shows:
- Thursday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, July 14, at 3 p.m.
- Saturday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m.
Set in 1953, Packers Fans from Outer Space introduces audiences to apple farmer and Door County resident Harvey Kiester, whose proud affection for his favorite Midwestern football team can be seen from outer space. Much to the consternation of his Bears-loving wife, Marge, Harvey paints their outhouse Packers green and gold, inadvertently beckoning fellow Cheeseheads from far beyond the Badger State. Decked out in shiny spaces suits that bear a striking resemblance to football uniforms, the Galactic Packers and their fedora-wearing, catchphrase-spitting, victory-obsessed captain known as "Coach" seek out the help of the "Big Kiester" in their eternal struggle against the ravenous Space Bears. Filled with sight gags, cornball humor, and surprisingly hummable songs, the wacky musical ultimately preaches a philosophy of peace, inspiring respect between worthy opponents, whether they're competing on the playing field or the space-time continuum.
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
During the day, the concrete heights of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts tower over the waters of the Milwaukee River like an imposing, postmodern fortress. As night falls, however, and patrons meander toward their evening's entertainment, the building’s façade glows with colorful, scintillating lights that hint at the eclectic performances inside. The elegant Uihlein Hall regularly hosts such august organizations as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Florentine Opera Company, whereas smaller, more intimate venues such as the Todd Wehr Theater situate audiences close to the stage so they can immerse themselves in dramas or hear the wail of a set builder who smashed his thumb with a hammer.
"Packer Fans" includes a poignant coming-of-age tale wrapped around a tender love storyMike Fischer, Journal Sentinel, 6/26/12
It's simply oddball fun.Warren Gerds, Green Bay Press Gazette, 6/30/12
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