Live theater tends to be more thrilling than film, largely due to the heightened odds of seeing someone flub a line or deliver a stirring monologue while sitting in your lap. Vicariously live the freewheeling thespian life with today’s with today's GrouponLive deal: for $10, you get one reserved-seating ticket to John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean at the Carolina Theatre’s Fletcher Hall on Tuesday, November 15, at 6 p.m. (up to a $26.15 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). Doors open at 5 p.m.
Created by Tony-nominated actor and puppeteer John Tartaglia, ImaginOcean transports viewers on an underwater odyssey, chronicling three fish friends as they follow a treasure map in search of hidden valuables. The show's unique black-light setup allows the marine puppets to brightly flit around the stage while their black-clad manipulators remain hidden in shadows like a cave hermit's flock of guard bats. Show-goers will watch the piscine travails at the historic Carolina Theatre of Durham, a former movie palace shrouded in Beaux Arts opulence. The 1,043-seat Fletcher Hall boasts a large ground floor and two balconies, ideal for viewing onstage proceedings and the puppets' cunningly deployed comb overs.
The Carolina Theatre of Durham
One of the few original theaters in Durham to remain in operation, The Carolina Theatre has endured more than 85 years of history in its quest to entertain. The venue's main room, Fletcher Hall, rose in popularity during World War II, when soldiers from Camp Butner arrived by bus to watch films on its colossal screen. In the last three decades, ongoing renovations have restored the venue to its original glory while propelling it into contemporary times with the addition of modern accoutrements, including two upstairs movie screens, stage-level dressing rooms, and landing pads on the roof for skateboard hovercrafts.