- $18 for one ticket to Hands on a Hardbody (up to $43.50 value)
- Where: Raue Center For The Arts
- Seating: rear main floor
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Friday, November 21, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, November 22, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, November 23, at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, November 29, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Hands on a Hardbody
A group of 10 people have a dream just within reach—literally. A brand-new truck stands in the midst of a crowd, ready to be driven away, and the last person touching it gets to take the wheel. The 10 down-on-their-luck Texans all have their reasons for waiting in the hot sun, palms down on their potential prize. They’ll stand for four days, sweating it out as they get closer and closer to their four-wheeled piece of the American dream.
Inspired by the celebrated 1997 documentary of the same name and penned by Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Doug Wright, Hands on a Hardbody has garnered acclaim for its wry, loving portrait of this particular slice of American life. The musical received three Tony nominations upon its 2013 Broadway debut, including nods for Best Original Score—written by Trey Anastasio of Phish and Amanda Green—and Best Performance by a Flatbed. And while the subject manner may seem comical, there’s real heart and high stakes there. As Charles Isherwood of the New York Times said of the Broadway production, the musical “concentrates its energies on giving voice to a story of average people fighting to hold onto hope in the face of fierce economic headwinds and bad breaks, not to mention buckling knees.”
Raue Center For The Arts
When it originally opened in 1929, the Raue Center For The Arts was dubbed "El Tovar," though no one knew what that meant—it was jut a term overheard by one of the venue's founders on a trip to the west coast. Regardless of its meaning (or lack of one), the name seemed to accurately define the theater's elegance, from the star-filled sky of its ceiling to the facades of Spanish buildings lining its walls.
El Tovar drifted into deterioration over the years, undergoing several different monikers as it switched from owner to owner. Luckily, a generous bequest from Crystal Lake resident Lucile Raue led to a much-needed restoration. A two-year renovation left the theater looking as glamorous as it did when it was El Tovar—seats were reupholstered, and every android usher received an oil change.