Live theater tends to be more thrilling than film, largely because of the heightened odds of seeing someone flub a line or deliver a stirring monologue while sitting in your lap. Vicariously live the freewheeling thespian life with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $45, you get an adult main-stage season pass to Baton Rouge Little Theater (a $95 value). The season pass includes a ticket to each of the productions on the 2011–12 performance calendar, which includes:
- Crazy for You, playing September 9–September 25.
- A Streetcar Named Desire, playing October 28–November 13.
- Almost, Maine, playing January 27–February 12.
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, playing March 9–March 25.
- The 39 Steps, playing May 4–May 20.
Since its arrival on the community-theater scene in 1946, Baton Rouge Little Theater has continued to flout its moniker with a seasonal audience of 30,000 and more than 150 theatrical performances, workshops, and classes each year. The upcoming season’s five main-stage productions promise a heaping dose of musical comedy and more drama than a high-school cafeteria. The curtain opens on September’s stage with Crazy for You, a frenetic comedy with toe-tapping dance numbers and songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Director Keith Dixon breathes new life into the sultry Southern airs of A Streetcar Named Desire, and Almost, Maine punctuates the holiday break with a story of love and loss that, unlike an amateur pole-vaulter, never falls short.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, a musical comedy based on the works of Roman playwright Plautus, will force springtime birds to chirp into bullhorns to be heard over audience laughter. The 39 Steps, a two-time Tony award–winning story of espionage, serves audiences a Hitchcockian sundae of suspense topped with hilarious high jinks. Based on John Buchan’s novel, this comic thriller charts the antics of more than 150 characters as they hop, skip, and plane-crash their way through a nationwide manhunt.
All productions entrance crowds in the 327-seat main-stage theater, which blends the intimacy of a small playhouse with the front-and-center energies of Broadway. Guests can snag prime seating for each production by calling the box office to mention that they are redeeming a season pass or by setting up a hammock on stage.
7155 Florida Blvd.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806