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Got a case of Mary Poppins malaise? This $5 Groupon is a spoonful of sugar for the medicine: tickets to Girls vs. Boys ($10 value). The play, a musical by the creative team behind The House Theatre of Chicago's sold-out show The Sparrow, is an extremely loud, fast-paced show about a brother and sister who find themselves thrust into a perilous, modern-day Lord of the Flies. High-stakes relationships turn into all-out war of the sexes. The director says it's like a rock concert, so the best way to experience the sound and fury is with a spot in the pit. This Groupon gets you in standing room and on the ground floor of the action (guaranteed swears, awesome music, violent themes, and partial nudity).
Girls vs. Boys is presented as part of the 2009 Summer Music Theatre Festival at the Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University. Northwestern has one of the country's top theater programs, and Hollywood stars Stephen Colbert, Warren Beatty, Charleton Heston, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Zach Braff, and David Schwimmer were once student-thespians there (the partially nude part could have been anyone's).
Girls vs. Boys opened on July 10 and runs through August 2. You can see any performance, but you have to call in advance to reserve tickets. Shows are Tuesdays through Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. at the Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater (1949 Campus Dr. in Evanston). Click here to see the complete schedule or to view the play's Facebook page. If you buy your Groupon over the weekend, you'll have access the following day, so you can catch this Sunday's shows if you buy by Saturday.
Since it's a new performance, there aren't any reviews for Girls vs. Boys yet. Here's what one critic had to say about The Sparrow, an earlier show directed by the same crew:
- While the performances by the principal actors are excellent, it is Nathan Allen's deft use of the ensemble that gives the production its vitality. – Kimberly Patterson, CurtainUp