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Reviewed December 26, 2011
What You'll Get
Although honeybees instinctually communicate through dance, humans who attempt to do so without proper training risk insulting the queen or eating the wrong flowers. Check out buzz-worthy abilities with this deal to see A Streetcar Named Desire, presented by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre at the Benedum Center. This production is intended for mature audiences. Choose between the following ticketing options:
- For $24, you get one ticket for seating in the left-center or right-center parts of the orchestra section (a $40.75 value).
- For $35, you get one ticket for seating in the center part of the orchestra section (a $70.75 value).<p>
For both ticket options, choose from one of the following shows: * Friday, March 9, at 8 p.m. * Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m. * Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m.<p>
In A Streetcar Named Desire, Hamburg Ballet artistic director John Neumeier transforms Tennessee Williams’s immortal drama of sexual tension and cultural adversity into a visual tapestry of raw yet majestic choreography. The ballet tells the story of Blanche DuBois, a wilting Southern belle who travels to New Orleans to live with her sister Stella, only to tragically clash with her brutish husband Stanley and his animalistic lifestyle. In denial of her tumultuous past, Blanche clings to a fallen antebellum world while losing touch with reality, conveyed by Neumeier’s plotted footwork of leaps, lifts, and slides as the denizens of New Orleans circle her like the ghost of a geometry teacher. Even the most savage moments of the play are infused with this dreamlike grace. Stanley’s eventual assault of Blanche is marked by violent flails punctuated by mesmerizing twirls. “It shows who we are as humans…the good, the bad, and the ugly,” the ballet’s director of education, Alyssa Herzog Melby, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
As the ballet unfolds inside the historic Benedum Center, the theater highlights the setting of postwar New Orleans with jambalaya-scented curtains and the dusky glow of more than 90 crystal chandeliers, sconces, and torchieres.
The Fine Print
Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 8 per person. Tickets will be mailed by 3/5/12. Bring ticket of show. Refundable only on day of purchase. Shipping address required at time of check-out. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.