Contrary to popular belief, all the world is not a stage—sometimes people just say things to get attention. See an actual stage with this GrouponLive deal to see Barbicide, presented by The Theatre Project at The Players Theatre. For $10, you get one ticket for general admission (up to a $20 value, including all fees). Each show is at 8 p.m., and doors open at 7:30 p.m. The theater is not wheelchair accessible. Choose from the following shows:
- Thursday, November 1
- Friday, November 2
- Saturday, November 3
Set in Queens at the time of the 1964 World’s Fair, Sean Pomposello’s Barbicide reimagines the gruesome tale of Sweeney Todd with noir-ish monologues and a dose of La Cosa Nostra. An Italian American barber named Toddesco returns to his old neighborhood in Flushing after a 20-year sentence for a crime he didn’t commit, bent on revenge against The Judge, the gangster who set him up. The question is how—until Ms. Lionetti, the owner of the pizzeria beneath his shop, offers a wicked suggestion that would let him vent his wrath and her survive a terrible meat drought. The play explicitly draws attention to the thin line between good and evil with some unique casting choices: Arthur Aulisi plays both the righteously enraged Toddesco and his nemesis , and Paulette Olica portrays not only the ambiguously motivated Ms. Lionetti but also the mysterious beggar woman who lurks outside The Judge’s home.