Theater challenges audiences by blending the real and the imaginary, much like a neighbor who accuses you of giving her goiters with your brain. Enhance reality with this GrouponLive deal to see Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show at the Hershey Theatre. For $26, you get one G-Pass for seating in the center orchestra, rows W–DD, or the left or right orchestra, rows U–DD, on Wednesday, August 8, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $52.20 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
A floral-patterned dress, a string of pearls, a purple cardigan draped over her shoulders, and a look of broken patience on her face––these are the hallmarks of Mama. After her Emmy-winning tenure on The Carol Burnett Show, Vicki Lawrence went on to create her own TV program, Mama’s Family, starring her uproarious alter ego, Thelma “Mama” Harper. The much-beloved character––known for her no-nonsense witticisms, endearingly surly demeanor, and mop of curly gray hair––takes turns sharing the stage with her creator during the two-woman show. Lawrence kick-starts the evening by mixing observational standup with musical talents evidenced in her hit “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts in ‘73. After Lawrence’s act, Mama unleashes her amusing convictions in what Lawrence reveals on the Hershey Theatre’s website as “new material with a more modern and cutting edge.”
With a history stretching back more than 75 years, the Hershey Theatre’s grandeur sprung forth from a time of hardship. During the Great Depression, nearly 600 unemployed craftsmen found work as a part of Mr. Hershey’s Great Building Campaign. Together, these hands created a lobby laid with polished Italian lava rock, four types of marble, and bas-relief images of wheat, beehives, swans, and Greek gods. A pinpoint mosaic leads the eye with blues and golds to the main-floor seating area in a Venice-inspired auditorium. Flanked by balconies on windowed towers like a Byzantine castle, a winged lion rests above the stage, guarding the bridge-style proscenium arch and hunting for any showgoing zebras.