Ancient Greeks laid the foundations for contemporary theater by composing the first plays and stealing the first Tony Awards from Mount Olympus. Celebrate theatrical progress with this GrouponLive deal to see After, presented by Profiles Theatre at the Beverly Arts Center. For $26, you get two tickets for best-available seating (up to a $52 value). Choose from the following performances:
- Friday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
- Saturday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
- Sunday, February 24, at 3:30 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
What happens when a wrongfully imprisoned man attempts to live a normal life after 17 years in lockup? Theatregoers immerse themselves in the gripping outcome during Chad Beckim’s After, a drama described by John J. Accrocco of Newcity Stage as a “ninety-minute pressure cooker...sure to move audiences.” Originally produced at Profiles Theatre’s own space in the fall, After comes to the Beverly Arts Center as part of their Professional Theater Series for a remount. Throughout the performance, Monty’s fragile nature comes to light as he attempts to reassimilate into modern culture and patch up old relationships, showing crowds why the play garnered a Jeff recommendation and led Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times to award the “searing portrait of one man’s struggle” with a Highly Recommended rating.
Founded in 1988, Profiles Theatre was “formed as an actor-driven theatre ensemble dedicated to creating provocative and emotionally truthful productions.” They have since staged a number of edgy world, U.S., and Midwest premieres such as Graceland, Men of Tortuga, and the Jeff Award-winning Killer Joe. In their 2007-08 season, the ensemble made Chicago storefront history by dedicating a whole season to the works of controversial playwright and filmmaker Neil LaBute. Profiles spreads their productions across two theaters—The Main Stage and the smaller Alley Stage—allowing them to put on plays that range from technically demanding productions to intimate performances.
Beverly Arts Center
Art. Education. Community. Non-Profit. These four words succinctly sum up the mission of Beverly Art Center, a cultural hub in the historic Beverly Hills, Morgan Park neighborhood. The heart of the member-supported center is the 400-seat Main Stage theater, which hosts plays, dance recitals, and concerts. But the venue is equally dedicated to education, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in ceramics and film classes at the School of the Arts or attend literary events with actual authors instead of just their dust jacket photos. A spacious art gallery hosts rotating exhibitions of contemporary works by both national and regional artists.