With the exception of disputed pro-football coin tosses and extreme debate clubs, the stage remains the only venue where arguments are regularly settled with a sword fight. Behold a dramatic settling of differences with this GrouponLive deal to see The Great Gatsby, presented by Prime Stage Theatre at the New Hazlett Theater. For $15, you get one ticket for general-admission seating (up to a $25 value). Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Choose from the following performances:
- Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, March 3, at 2:30 p.m.
- Friday, March 8, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, March 9, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, March 10, at 2:30 p.m.
As the only playwright authorized by the Fitzgerald estate to adapt The Great Gatsby for the stage, Simon Levy has done his part to honor the staggering gravity of his source material. Nick Carraway (Andrew Swackhamer) narrates the tale of postwar prosperity, fixing its central axis on the whirlwind affair between Jay Gatsby (Sean Patrick Sears) and Daisy Buchanan (Julia Warner). As the tangle of their romance and revelations about Gatsby’s lifestyle push the play toward its cataclysmic conclusion, Nick finds himself pitting his seemingly relentless optimism against the limitations of the American dream. Throughout the show, the stage sweeps audiences back into the past through the use of elegant costumes that celebrate the Roaring Twenties, so named for Herbert Hoover’s promise of “a chicken in every pot and a lion barely contained in every garage.”
New Hazlett Theater
The New Hazlett Theater, built in 1889 as the Carnegie Musical Hall, pays more of a resemblance to a cathedral than a concert space, from its austere stone walls to its soaring bell tower. In fact, the hall would serve as a religious retreat through the early 1900s. Saved from demolition in 1967 and renamed the Hazlett Theater in 1980, the venue would serve as the home of the Pittsburgh Public Theater for 24 seasons, followed by a brief stint as the summer home of a Pirates-obsessed vampire.
Books may look like inanimate stacks of paper, but they have stuff inside them. Good stuff. Smart stuff. Compelling stuff. The mission of Prime Stage is to bring that stuff to life. With adaptations that run the gamut from children's classics such as The Westing Game and Walk Two Moons to historical classics such as The Diary of Anne Frank and A Woman Called Truth, the company has spent nearly 20 years bringing literature to the stage.