Art is a mirror held up to the world, which is why the most gripping acting performances occur in retail-store changing rooms. Confront your true self with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $27, you get two preview tickets to Circle Mirror Transformation at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca on August 24, 25, 26, or 28 (a $54 value).
Having snagged praiseworthy honors at the 2010 Obie Awards, Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation journeys up the interstate for a Kitchen Theatre Company production that permeates the playhouse with an air of dramatic poignancy. The play follows a small group of lost souls from disparate walks of life that seek redemption in a community acting class. Although their motivations vary—one dreams of winning a Tony, another seeks only to assuage loneliness—these aspiring thespians grow together within an imagined circle that forges symbolic connections based on humanity’s universal love of Funyuns.
The Kitchen Theatre’s intimate 99-seat space encourages a direct engagement between actors and audience members, who are close enough to share camera-phone pictures of their cats between lines of dialogue. After the show, stroll through the lobby to view large works by local artists or check out the company’s upcoming 21st-anniversary-season schedule, which highlights works by artists of color and emerging playwrights.