Theater challenges audiences by blending the real and the imaginary, much like a neighbor who accuses you of giving her goiters with your brain. Enhance reality with this GrouponLive deal.
- One ticket to see The Nora Theatre Company’s Insignificance
- Where: Central Square Theater
- Seating: reserved
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- for a weeknight performance (up to value)
- for a Friday-night or Saturday- or Sunday-matinee performance (up to value)
- for a Saturday-night performance (up to value)<p>
The setting: a drab hotel room in New York. The year: 1953. Four characters who go by very simple names—The Actress, The Professor, The Senator, and The Ballplayer—dish out some very sophisticated fuel for Insignificance, Tony-winning playwright Terry Johnson’s fantastical meditation on the politics and adulation of celebrity. The Actress is Marilyn Monroe, who arrives at The Professor’s door, interrupting his latest calculations, to discuss general relativity and confess her infatuation with him. Of course, The Professor is Albert Einstein, whose chemistry with the starlet has her Ballplayer husband, Joe DiMaggio, fuming with jealousy. Soon enough, DiMaggio makes his way to Einstein’s room, as does The Senator, better known as the Communist-hunting Joseph McCarthy. Inspired by a signed photograph of Einstein found among Monroe’s post-mortem possessions, Insignficance toys with these iconic characters, exploring the differences between their public faces and their private lives with equal parts comedy, tragedy, and fever dream.<p>
Central Square Theater
Though Central Square Theater dates back only to 2008, its resident troupes, The Nora Theatre Company and the Underground Railway Theater, predate the building by 20 and 30 years respectively. With two large, diversely talented companies, the theater is able to produce something for all ages, from playful puppet shows for little ones to challenging works for grown-ups, such as Car Talk: The Musical!