A good theater troupe can convince people that the strange is commonplace, much like a child explaining to cashiers why all million-dollar bills have Batman on them. Suspend your disbelief with this GrouponLive deal: for $12, you get one ticket for general admission to a play at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre (up to a $27 value, including all fees). Choose from the following plays:
- A Streetcar Named Desire, running from September 14 to October 27
- Into the Woods, running from October 12 to November 4
- Last of the Red Hot Lovers, running from November 9 to January 13
Performances typically take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Additional matinees may be available.
At Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre this autumn, three troupes—the Actor’s Café, the Children’s Theatre, and Cullity Hall Productions—celebrate 15 years of all-ages dramatics with a tour de force of classic plays and child-friendly adaptations. The Actor’s Café’s small, adult casts perform in a 60-seat cabaret, and the grownups and growing-ups of the other companies play at a still-intimate, 132-seat theater-in-the-round.
A Streetcar Named Desire, presented by the Actor’s Café
Eternally on the run from reality, Blanche DuBois stumbles tragically into its arms in Tennessee Williams’s timeless, Pulitzer Prize–winning play. Fleeing from her ancestral home in Laurel, Mississippi for mysterious reasons, Blanche reconnects with her estranged sister Stella in New Orleans. Stella’s husband Stanley is not pleased about these arrangements, and it soon becomes clear that Blanche is living in a world of her own construction. Blanche’s outdated pretensions and Stanley’s thuggish practicality form the fodder for inevitable confrontation.
Into the Woods, presented by Cullity Hall Productions
Predating today’s crop of fairy-tale modernizations by more than two decades, Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods melds the worlds of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack the giant-slayer, and Red Riding Hood. In the first act, these stories weave together with a new tale—a baker and his wife who must collect the mementos of these characters if they ever wish to have a child. In the second act, their stories continue long past “happily ever after” and question if such a thing even exists. The soaring solos and masterfully arranged ensemble pieces took home three Tonys in 1988, and the Broadway revival won two more in 2002.
Last of the Red Hot Lovers, presented by the Actor’s Café
Neil Simon’s 1969 thigh-slapper follows the nebbish Barney Cashman, a middle-aged married man desperate to join the sexual revolution while he still can. Despite his adulterous naiveté and reverse-pole animal magnetism, Barney decides to play the field and see how many fish the sea truly holds, resulting in a parade of red faces, misunderstandings, and conversations about depth-finders. Skewering both Barney’s sense of sexual identity and his failure to live up to it, the play presents a ribald good time at the expense of one man in the midst of a lustful crisis.
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