Superstition dictates that instead of wishing actors "good luck," you should tell them to "break a leg" or "stir me with your acting, you beautiful beast." Be moved with this GrouponLive deal: for $89, you get five tickets valid for Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday night performances in the 2012–13 season at Mosaic Theatre in Plantation (up to a $200 value). The tickets may be used to admit five people to a single performance or be spread out across multiple shows. Check the calendar for performance dates and times. All seating is general admission. Wednesday and Sunday are only available for showings of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and Animals Out of Paper.
Last year, the Broward Palm Beach New Times honored Mosaic Theatre with its Best Theater Season award, celebrating a series of box-office successes that saw “one winner after another.” Their upcoming season plans to continue the string of hits with five acclaimed, thought-provoking, and often bone-chilling plays starring professional Equity union actors.
Based on the Nikolai Gogol short story, The Diary of a Madman (September 20–October 14) whisks audiences into the lucid dreams of a disintegrating mind. Recently adapted for the New York stage with the help of Geoffrey Rush, the hallucinatory farce follows Poprishchin, a downtrodden civil servant in czarist St. Petersburg. As his world crumbles, audiences tumble along on the surreal and emotional downhill slide, where canines plot love affairs, delusions of grandeur run amok, and nothing is absolute. In the leading role, stage and screen vet Ken Clement shows off both his emotional range and comedic chops, previously showcased on major stages across the state and in smaller roles in I Love You Phillip Morris and on Burn Notice. Florida Theater on Stage recently praised him as a performer who “always finds the truth of each moment” through an ”expressive face, eyes that always harbor a little pain even while seeming merry, and a chameleonic voice that ranges up and down the entire vocal scale.”
Tony Award nominee Conor McPherson’s stage adaptation of The Birds (November 15¬–December 9) scores psychological chills. McPherson’s signature blend of the mundane and the supernatural—perhaps best demonstrated by the Tony-nominated The Seafarer, in which Dublin-area deadbeats are visited by Satan—is a natural fit for the mysterious tale. In a version that originates with Daphne du Maurier’s original short story (rather than Alfred Hitchcock’s film), McPherson returns the action to a small Cornish seaside town and pushes its protagonist, Nat, into an abandoned house with a stranger, Diane. Outside, avian invaders turn their birdbaths into bloodbaths, while inside, Nat and Diane stave off hunger and cabin fever.
From February 6 to March 17, the Mosaic Theatre engages in its first repertory project with two plays from Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph. Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, heralded by the New York Times as “a savagely funny and visionary new work of American theater,” makes its Southeastern premier at the Mosaic following its smash 2011 Broadway run. An incisive tiger (who was played on Broadway by Robin Williams) prowls the broken streets of Baghdad on an existential mission and changes the lives of two American marines and an Iraqi translator. The second Joseph show, Animals Out of Paper, explores love and its many creases. Another hit with the New York Times, the “alternately wrenching and funny” drama follows a divorced origami artist’s attempt at new romance with a fellow origami enthusiast. The fifth play of the 2013 season, running June 6¬¬–30, is soon to be announced.
Though Mosaic Theatre sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.
With only 130 seats, Mosaic Theatre can justly claim that there’s not a bad seat in the house. Designed to be a maximally flexible space, the venue changes its seating for every performance to enhance the theatergoing experience for visitors or to clear way for the mid-play goat chorus line.
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