Going to the theater lets you take in dramatic scenes at a safe distance, much like listening to your neighbors argue about how to pronounce “gnocchi.” Hide behind the fourth wall with this GrouponLive deal to the American Conservatory Theater. Choose between the following options:
For $27, you get a three-show weekday or Sunday-evening ticket package (up to a $69 value, including all fees). Choose from the weekday and Sunday-evening packages listed here.<p>
For $33, you get a three-show weekend-matinee or weekend-evening ticket package (up to an $81 value, including all fees). Choose from the weekend-matinee and weekend-evening packages listed here.<p>
Each package includes one ticket for balcony seating at each of the following three shows:
In its 47th season, the American Conservatory Theater plants its feet firmly in mid-twentieth-century life and art through a trio of works that range from emotionally gripping absurdism to anthemic musical history. Maple and Vine weaves the tale of two overstimulated victims of modernity who give up the comforts of the twentieth century to live in a community of 1950s reenactors. The two must balance the pleasures of a simpler time against the increasingly retrograde attitudes of their fellow temporal refugees, dealing with racism, sexism, and the omnipresence of Howdy Doody.
Modernist master Samuel Beckett’s Endgame and Play star Bill Irwin, winner of a 2005 Tony for his portrayal of George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, who brings his finely honed acting chops to the fine line between existential anguish and farce. Scottsboro Boys, directed by five-time Tony–winner Susan Stroman, sets the scene in 1930s Alabama to tell the true story of nine young African American men accused of rape. Musical writing from the team behind Chicago and Cabaret propels audiences from the initial mob uproar all the way to a series of unjust trials, juxtaposing appalling bigotry with exuberantly choreographed song-and-dance numbers.
The humor, song, and drama all unfold in the company’s historic theater—originally opened in 1910—which blends austere neoclassicism with the occasional baroque flourish. Theatrically inspired Groupon customers can sign up for the Conservatory’s nationally recognized acting classes at a 20% discount, training for onstage success or learning how to cry on command to avoid unreasonable cookie limits in the office cafeteria. Guests whose plans change before their chosen show may exchange their tickets for an equivalent performance at no cost.