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Fantastical play explores the nature of fame as Marilyn Monroe, Joseph McCarthy, Joe DiMaggio, and Albert Einstein meet in a hotel room

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Expiration varies. Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting day of show for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Central Square Theater. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must redeem together to sit together. Discount reflects Central Square Theater's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The 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>

Ticketing Options

  • 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!

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