Without the applause of an audience, actors have no way of knowing how well they’ve died. Stand and ovate with this GrouponLive deal to see Freud's Last Session at New World Stages. For $34, you get one ticket for orchestra or center-mezzanine seating (up to a $66.50 value). Tickets are good for any Saturday matinee or Sunday–Monday performance from May 24 through June 17. Students with ID are regularly admitted for $23.
Winner of the Off Broadway Alliance's award for Best New Play of 2011, Freud's Last Session imagines a meeting in the looming shadow of World War II between the aging atheist and an up-and-coming Christian thinker by the name of C.S. Lewis. The doctor invites Lewis for a chat at his London home, where the young author expects to be taken to task for his satirical treatment of Freud, but instead the pair trades witty interpretations of life, love, God, and the secret of solving a 7-10 split. As these weighty topics bounce between the legendary minds, Freud, painfully and secretly dying of cancer, contemplates the virtues of suicide.
The original off-Broadway actors Mark H. Dold and Martin Rayner return to portray Lewis and Freud, weaving intriguing thoughts and arguments from the bare minimum of material—two minds, two viewpoints, and lots and lots of mahogany furniture. The New York Times called the play "a sharp, lively discourse," and the initial run has attracted the attention of such eminent persons as Woody Allen. New World Stages' blue-tinted interior and exposed air vents create an avant-garde atmosphere for innovative off-Broadway theater. The thirsty can stop by the TimeOut New York Lounge to pick up a cocktail or cocktail glass full of olives to enjoy during the show.