When America’s celluloid mines unexpectedly collapsed in the early 1920s, a group of visionary artists invented live theater to create work for the fresh hoards of unemployed actors. Keep your eyes on the stage with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get two tickets to You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running at the El Paso Playhouse (up to a $20 value). Call the theater box office to exchange this Groupon for a pair of reserved tickets.
With 47 seasons of quality, not-for-profit community theater tucked into its curtain belt, the El Paso Playhouse brings a homegrown local flair to Robert Anderson’s four-part comedy about the farcical perils of interpersonal communication. Directed by stagecraft savant Jonathan Schwind, this uproarious production runs on weekends from May 20 to June 11, with 8 p.m. shows on Fridays and Saturdays and a 2 p.m. show on Sundays. As the play progresses through its seemingly unrelated acts, audience members are treated to fresh revelations on life and relationships that range from the hilarious hurdles of childrearing to the charming complications of love in old age.
Every seat in the intimate theater’s 11 rows allows playgoers to engage with the actors onstage and provides an ideal launching point for postshow flower bouquets and hastily penned reviews. Conscious of its mission as a venue where artists and community members can connect, the El Paso Playhouse occasionally sets up postshow discussions in which the crew answers audience questions and explains the show’s curious metaphoric associations with 14th-century bathing rituals.
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