For $9, today's side deal gets you one ticket to your choice of three Classical Theatre Company productions (an $18 value):
- Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts from October 7 through October 17 at the Talento Bilingue de Houston
- George Bernard Shaw's Candida from January 27 through February 6, 2011, at the Stages Repertory Theatre
- William Shakespeare's As You Like It from April 14 through April 24, 2011, at the Talento Bilingue de Houston
Ibsen's Ghosts, a blistering commentary on 19th-century morality and hypocrisy, centers on a woman's efforts to keep her philandering husband's wealth out of the syphilitic hands of her son (who is in love with a maid who bears more than a passing resemblance to his father) by sinking it into an orphanage. The play’s shocking subject matter was hailed by Victorian-era fuddy-duddies as "revoltingly suggestive and blasphemous," praising its "gross, almost putrid indecorum." For a less scathing and more insouciant send-up of the same time period, George Bernard Shaw's Candida centers on an enchanting clergyman's wife as she finds herself torn between her upstanding but dull husband and the persistent advances of their romantic young houseguest. Shakespeare's beloved comedy As You Like It follows the meanderings of Rosalind and Orlando as they fall in love against a mystical woodland backdrop of cross-dressers and courtly intrigue—speaking such immortal lines as "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players" and "NOOOO!" along the way.
A hub for high-quality classical works, the nonprofit Classical Theatre Company is dedicated to producing plays dating back at least a century. Seats for this triumvirate of enduring and entertaining tales are on a first-come, first-served basis, so book ahead.
This Groupon only offers a discount on general-admission tickets. Students and industry can get tickets for $8 through Classical Theatre Company.
The Classical Theatre Company's upcoming 2010–2011 season was previewed by the Houston Chronicle. The company’s artful rendition of Tartuffe during the 2009–2010 season was highly praised by The Loop Scoop:
- With such selections, Johnston is making good on his promise for the ambitious small company to present the classics of world theatre literature, which (Shakespeare apart) are seldom produced here. – Everett Evans, Houston Chronicle
- Molière wrote Tartuffe in alexandrines: twelve-syllable rhyming couplets. The mere fact that the Classical Theatre Company was able to pull off the French to English translation and remain true to the concept is brilliant in and of itself. – Paul, The Loop Scoop