Theater, like magic mirrors, psychiatry, and the demand for radar detectors, reveals fundamental truths about human nature. Uncover hominid foibles with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $32, you get one standard-seating ticket to see Miss Saigon at the Ogunquit Playhouse (a $64.50 value including all Ticketmaster fees). Seating will be assigned on a first-purchased, first-served basis, and reservations are required. Choose between the following performances:
The Ogunquit Playhouse, a historic theater with a reputation for spirited performances and impressive set designs, has established itself as one of the country’s preeminent regional theaters during its nearly 80 years of operation. Drawing inspiration from Madame Butterfly and deleted ballet sequences from Full Metal Jacket, the musical Miss Saigon tells the story of a doomed affair between an American GI and a Vietnamese barmaid during the Vietnam War. In addition to the memorable score, peppered with heart-stirring songs such as “Sun and Moon,” an on-stage helicopter adds to the play’s atmosphere while providing an escape vehicle for any actors suddenly stricken with stage fright. Both performances occur in the historic Ogunquit Playhouse, a stage house built in 1937 and recently refurbished with a metal frame to reduce stress on the historic building and support the company’s elaborate sets.
When Broadway showman Walter Hartwig and his wife Maude opened the Ogunquit Playhouse in 1933, they likely never realized they were establishing a theatrical legacy. Then again, they might have had an inkling—from the very beginning, the playhouse hosted performances from luminaries including Ethel Barrymore, Bette Davis, and Walter Matthau. Even today it’s not unusual to see famous names and attached talents treading its historic boards, such as Stefanie Powers from Hart to Hart or Charles Shaughnessy from The Nanny. It’s all part of the theater’s mission to provide the best shows possible while promoting the local arts. Along with star-studded Broadway musicals, the stage hosts dance shows, children’s theater, and acting workshops for the next generation of spotlight-stealers.
10 Main St.
Ogunquit, Maine 03907-3600