Live theater tends to be more thrilling than film, largely due to the heightened odds of seeing someone flub a line or deliver a stirring monologue while sitting in your lap. Witness truly dramatic close-ups with this GrouponLive deal to see The Normal Heart at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Choose from the following ticketing options:
For $50, you get one ticket for section A seating (up to a $101 value) for one of the following performances:
- Tuesday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, June 22, at 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 3, at noon
For $58, you get one ticket for section A seating (up to a $116 value) for one of the following performances:
- Saturday, June 16, at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, June 17, at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, June 23, at 2 p.m.
Last year on Broadway, The Normal Heart won three Tony Awards for its honest, moving revival of playwright Larry Kramer's 1985 onstage wake-up call that alerted America to the urgency of the AIDS epidemic. Even with more than 25 years of history padded onto its premiere, the production still "blasts you like an open, overstoked furnace," the New York Times declares, aided by performances from The Good Wife's Patrick Breen, Brothers and Sisters' Luke MacFarlane, and thirtysomething's Patricia Wettig. The human consequences of the crisis unfold onstage as a doctor seeks answers for the growing number of sick gay men on her patients' list; a writer looks to warn the community about the epidemic; and a mayor's aide aims to deflect the political consequences of the disease. George C. Wolfe, a two-time Tony Award winner for Angels in America and Bring in da Noise, directs the drama, brewing up a stirring performance that shouts of anger, love, and hope.
Built in 1971, the refurbished Kreeger Theater was largely preserved in architect Bing Thom's $135 million remodel of Arena Stage at the Mead Center in 2010. The stunning architectural result––which the Washington Post asserts may "transform D.C. theater and the city"––strikes the skyline with a 90-foot, sweeping cantilevered roof that tapers to a compass point to salute the Washington Monument and high-five the sassy Library of Congress.
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