Theatre often feels more real than film, since you can watch all the actors closely and know that any jump cuts are the result of your eyelids malfunctioning. Keep a close eye on the action with this GrouponLive deal.
- $15 for one ticket to see Ploughed Under: An American Songbook, produced by The House Theatre of Chicago (up to a $27.50 value)
- When: any show through June 9
- Where: Chopin Theatre
- Seating: general admission
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the schedule.<p>
Though House Theatre offers discounted student and rush tickets, this Groupon is still the best deal available for most customers.
Ploughed Under: An American Songbook
Ploughed Under: An American Songbook – ”Drum Montage”
Before textbooks and movies, people shared their history through story and song—a tradition that longtime House Theatre composer Kevin O'Donnell revisits in Ploughed Under: An American Songbook. Vocal and rhythmic dynamics that echo Native American folk music weave together a history of America from 1491 to 1902. Seventeen numbers tell the stories of personalities that contributed to the country’s growth, from well-known figures such as militant abolitionist John Brown to more obscure individuals such as Virginia Dare, the first child born of English parents on American soil. Classic events such as the Boston Tea Party also come to aural life, and audiences wishing to prove that they're just as patriotic as those early rebels can sing along by memorizing the [lyrics](http://thehousetheatre.tumblr.com/ploughedunderlyrics) beforehand. Behind the performers, crisscrossing wooden planks suggest the American flag and echo the platforms that extend into the room, serving both as runways for soloists and tables for audience members who want to take careful notes on the actors’ shoes. The rest of the showgoers take in the action from cabaret-style seating, with tables scattered throughout the space and a cash bar open throughout the show.
The House Theatre of Chicago
For more than a decade, House Theatre has devoted itself to creating experiences that emphasize the magic of live theater. First achieving prominence with its supernatural thriller The Sparrow, the outfit has gone on to win 19 Joseph Jefferson Awards and Broadway in Chicago’s Emerging Theater Award. Dedicated to daring storytelling, House Theatre’s productions weave resonant music with mechanical feats of onstage magic to create fully immersive experiences that dazzle audiences and convince actors that they can never go back to the real world or their real families.