Today's Groupon gets you $21 tickets to the Cygnet Theatre Company's latest production, Man from Nebraska, showing through November 1. Springing from the Pulitzer Prize–winning quill of Tracy Letts (August: Osage County), this complex, wickedly funny production centers on Ken Carpenter, an ordinary, church-going middle-aged man who one day decides that God doesn't exist. This faith crisis jeopardizes his relationship with his family and propels him into an extraordinary and often hilarious journey of spiritual self-discovery. Normal ticket prices depend on the section and the night, with tickets to Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees priced at $42.
The Cygnet Theatre Company prides itself on startling the soul, igniting discussion, and igniting startling soul-fires, so when you adjourn to one of Old Town's many restaurants after the show, expect some deliciously meaty conversation on human spirituality, mortality, existential ennui, and other heavy topics, including embarrassing celebrity moments and intricate lawn patterns. Or you can talk about the newly renovated theater; the rustic exterior opens up to a remodeled, redecorated, and repainted lobby. The lighting and sound systems are state-of-the-art, and the new seats are so soft and sink-into-able, you'd probably fall asleep if your intellect and feet weren't being so thoroughly tickled by the performance and the man hiding beneath the seat in front of you.
- One of the greatest gifts that San Diego's smaller theaters offer is to let audiences experience such less-heralded but often deeply rewarding plays. – James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune
- With Man From Nebraska, Letts' writing is testing boundaries, as well. Whereas his first two plays, Killer Joe and Bug, are dysfunctional comedies marked by flying fists and naked bodies, Man From Nebraska is a quieter departure – although it still has a bit of nudity. – Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune
Less-Than-Stellar New Productions
The Cygnet Theater Company’s rival, Theatre Companye Troupe, also has a slate of new productions for the upcoming season. Though the fledgling troupe had some flops in their previous season, they have high hopes for this season’s schedule:
- Jess Wrightfield: Super Cop That Time Forgot
- Escape from the Eiffel Tower, The Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Play
- Waiting for Godot 2: Showdown in Explosion Town
- Two Naked Grad Students Yelling
- Beneath the Banal Surface of Suburbia Lies an Ironic Comment on Female Sexuality in the 1950s…Live!
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