Going to the theater lets you take in dramatic scenes at a safe distance, much like listening to your neighbors argue about how to pronounce gnocchi. Hide behind the fourth wall with this GrouponLive deal to see The How and the Why at Central Square Theater. For $24, you get one adult ticket for best-available seating at the time of redemption (up to a $48 value). Doors open one hour before the show. Choose from the following dates and times:
- Friday, September 28, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, September 29, at 3 p.m.
- Sunday, September 30, at 2 p.m.
- Monday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, October 5, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, October 6, at 3 p.m.
- Sunday, October 7, at 2 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, October 13, at 3 p.m.
In this production of The How and the Why—composed by Sarah Treem, writer of HBO’s In Treatment—Underground Railway Theater’s artistic director, Debra Wise, portrays Zelda, an established intellect in the field of evolutionary biology. On the eve of a national conference, she receives a visit from Rachel, an ambitious grad student championing a revolutionary interpretation of human sexuality that contradicts the older woman’s “grandmother hypothesis.” Through debate, a surprisingly personal story begins to shine through. Both women share a contrarian view to the overwhelming male dominance of the sciences, and Zelda sees more than a little of herself in Rachel’s fighting spirit. By the time the play moves on to a nearby dive bar, it becomes clear that the two may share more than their professional interests and bristling personalities. A think-piece that challenges the audience as much as the characters, The How and the Why was hailed by Celia Wren of the Washington Post as an “absorbing and brainy drama . . . [brimming] with ideas and emotional colors that eddy and refract like rivulets in a lively, plunging stream.”