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While winter is the best time to engage in "Internetainments" such as solitaire, lonelitaire, and playing charades with your mirror, today's deal will get you back out into the physical world for a little human interaction. For $27, you get one ticket to see the Atlantic Theater Company's production of Ages of the Moon at the Linda Gross Theater in Chelsea (a $65 value). You can use your Groupon to see any performance during the show's run (January 12 to March 7, 2010), so long as there are tickets available. Check out the theater's calendar of show dates and times here.
Penned by Pulitzer Prize playwright Sam Shepard and written specifically for its starring Irish actors, Seán McGinley and Stephen Rea, Ages of the Moon follows two old friends reunited by mutual desperation who ponder the meaning of their lives over bourbon, reflection, and the barrel of a shotgun, as friends often do. It's an emotional tale fraught with deeper meaning, but in proper Irish fashion, is also full of humor and life. You'll leave the show with thoughts fully provoked and funny bone thoroughly tapped.
The Atlantic Theater Company is an Off-Broadway band of brothers and sisters known for producing award-winning plays with stellar ensembles and refreshingly few Grinch attacks. This is your chance to see Ages of the Moon's U.S. premiere at its best before your local dinner theater adds it to its repertoire and fills it with inappropriate songs. The Linda Gross Theater only holds 160 spectators and an equivalent number of specters, so you'll also be able to see the play from the best possible seats. Shows will sell out quickly, so follow the instructions on your Groupon.
- Director Jimmy Fay allows us to see Rea as we have never seen him before: squirming, leaping to his feet, crouching on his chair as he raves, waving his shotgun. It's an inventive physical performance that conveys a sense that his body is a mechanical frame to which he is shackled, just as he is at the mercy of its wayward sexual urgings. – Helen Meany, The Guardian
- Shepard's play is not without its humour and the many one-word responses regularly hit the mark in the one-upmanship stakes. Both Rea and McGinley relish the opportunity to entertain the audience, without forcing the issue. Yet they are equally effective in eliciting the pain and anger of two men who are forced to consider their worth to society. – James McMahon, RTÉ Entertainment
- The play is softly melancholic, with a streak of bleakness and despair, and a countervailing seam of hope and humanity. It is a gentle entertainment, in which the meandering earlier scenes, which are dominated by a sometimes-awkward burlesque comedy, lead to the pay-off of a closing sequence of simple, stark beauty and emotional clarity. – Colin Murphy, Irish Independent
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