Queen Elizabeth frequently attended Shakespeare’s plays, the era’s equivalent of the President attending the World Series or Uncle Pennybags appearing at beauty pageants and Grand Opera Night. Open a treasure chest of theatrical delights with today’s GrouponLive deal to see Loyola University Department of Fine and Performing Arts’ #3USHAK3SF3ST at the Kathleen Mullady Theatre. For $7, you get one Groundlings pass for general-admission seating in the first three rows (up to a $15 value) at each of the following performances:
- Measure for Measure, performed by Loyola University on Friday, February 17, at 7:30 p.m.
- The War of the Roses, a combination of Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays, performed by Western Illinois University on Saturday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m.
- The Tempest, performed by Bradley University on Sunday, February 19, at 2 p.m.<p>
During Loyola University’s #3USHAK3SF3ST, three theater departments from three Illinois universities explore a wide Shakespearean spectrum with renditions of a comedy, a history, and a fantasy. In Measure for Measure, the hosting thespians uncap a comedy about the hypocrisy of a corrupt judge the Duke of Vienna tasks to tidy the city’s lax moral code of conduct. On Saturday night, Western Illinois condenses the history plays of Henry IV into a single show, chronicling the perilous years in English history when British soldiers fended off the thorns that pricked royal fingers. For Sunday’s finale, a Prospero from Bradley’s Peoria campus casts a stormy spell over the city’s north lakeshore in Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest. The theater groups will produce all three works using the same innovative set structure, lighting design, and spells for summoning stagehands, enabling the triad to smoothly reconstruct itself at the other two campuses after the inaugural Chicago festival.
Though Loyola University offers a discounted price to its students, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.