Legendary entertainers Kenan and Kel made theatrical history when they broke down the fourth wall, and then, to the consternation of the set designer, broke down the second and third walls as well. Experience the magic of the stage with today's Groupon: for $65, you get a weekend-matinee or Thursday-evening season subscription to five upcoming shows produced by American Theater Company (a $140 value).
American Theater Company's 26th Season puts five present and future classics on the stage (see table below for available performance packages). The Mamet Rep, first taking the limelight on September 9, presents two controversial David Mamet plays: the disturbing tale of Oleanna and Speed-the-Plow, a dark send-up of Hollywood filmmaking. Help an angel get his wings by lending your ears to the It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play. The ninth-annual holiday production transforms ATC's performance space into a 1940s radio studio to tell Capra's story of a small-town family man who, after seeing all his dreams and hopes crumble like an emotional Jenga tower, tries to kill himself by jumping into an icy river during Christmas time. Free milk and cookies are served at every performance.
In February, ATC will present a world premiere play by Dan LeFranc, who was named the New York Times' 2010 Outstanding Playwright. And the press is abuzz with the news that ATC plans to perform the 1971 original R-rated version of Grease in April 2011. The stage gathering of the Pink Ladies and poodle skirts will feature all of the original tunes, plus additional never-before-heard music, lyrics, and the scene where Sandy Dumbrowski becomes mayor on accident and declares every day Mild Crying Day. Call the box office or book your seats online today.
Available Performance Packages:
|Package||Oleanna||Speed the Plow||It's a Wonderful Life||Big Meal||Grease|
|Fridays - 8 p.m.||Sept. 24||Oct. 15||Dec. 3||Feb. 11||May 6|
|Thursdays - 8 p.m.||Oct. 14||Sept. 23||Dec. 2||Feb. 10||May 12|
|Thursdays - 8 p.m.||Sept. 30||Oct. 21||Dec. 9||Feb. 17||May 12|
|Saturdays - 3 p.m.||Sept. 25||Oct. 16||Dec. 4||Feb. 12||May 7|
|Saturdays - 3 p.m.||Oct. 23||Oct. 2||Dec. 11||Feb. 19||May 14|
|Sundays - 3 p.m.||Oct. 17||Sept. 26||Dec. 5||Feb. 13||May 8|
|Sundays - 3 p.m.||Oct. 3||Oct. 24||Dec. 12||Feb. 20||May 15|
|Sundays Mixed||Sept. 26, 8 p.m.||Oct. 17, 8 p.m.||Dec. 19, 3 p.m.||Feb. 27, 3 p.m.||May 22, 3 p.m.|
|Sundays Mixed||Oct. 24, 8 p.m.||Oct. 3, 8 p.m.||Dec. 26, 3 p.m.||Mar. 6, 3 p.m.||May 29, 3 p.m.|
|Thursdays/One Saturday Mixed||Oct. 9, 3 p.m.||Oct. 7, 8 p.m.||Dec. 16, 8 p.m.||Feb. 24, 8 p.m.||May 19, 8 p.m.|
You will receive tickets to all five shows on the days specified in your performance package; however, if you wish to attend on a different day, you may request to switch, providing tickets are still available.
- Its mission is to produce stories that ask the question: "What does it mean to be an American?" With that broad mandate, the company generally focuses on serious American dramas (Mamet's American Buffalo, for instance, and works by Sam Shepherd and Thornton Wilder), but comical and even musical fare shows up on the schedule from time to time. – Frommer's
- Great venue - great history - great mission! Saw a reading of a play there this evening which was really cool - very nice staff, great space for arts. – Tom M., Yelp
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