Many theatergoers claim that life imitates art, which can be frustrating when they pause arguments for intermissions or direct drivers to turn "stage left" at stop signs. Learn to navigate the theatrical world with today's GrouponLive deal: for $26, you get two mezzanine or orchestra seats to a show at the Actors' Theatre (up to a $52 value). All shows take place in the Spectrum Theater and run Thursday–Saturday at 8 p.m. Orchestra seats are in the front, left, and right of the stage, and the mezzanine perches above. Choose from the following performances:
- Rust, running September 29–October 8.
- Spring Awakening, running December 1–17.
- Next Fall, running January 26–February 4.
- Ampersand, running March 22–31.
- August: Osage County, running May 17–May 26.
Affectionately dubbed Grand Rapids' own Off-Broadway, the nonprofit Actors' Theatre stages innovative, thought-provoking plays, from award-winning Broadway scripts to searing new works. This season, audiences savor an anticipatory hush before curtains rise on the world premiere of Rust, which follows a naïve young playwright as he attempts to tell the story of 1,500 workers left unemployed after General Motors closes a plant in Wyoming, Michigan. The much-lauded Spring Awakening, winner of eight Tony awards, sets coming-of-age rituals such as enduring first love and eating a first box of cigarettes to Duncan Sheik's musical score. Witty and searching, Next Fall explores the meaning of faith, and darkly comic Ampersand dissects the conventions of love and marriage against a Swiss backdrop. Wrapping up the theatrical season, Pulitzer Prize–winner August: Osage County deftly unveils the dark underside of family when a Midwestern clan's patriarch disappears after stepping out for seedless watermelon.