Metaphors for laughter are often surprisingly violent, from "busting a gut" to "splitting your sides" to "tumbling down the jagged face of Joke Mountain." Break a funny bone with this GrouponLive deal to see Festival Stage of Winston-Salem's Hatchetman at the Hanesbrands Theatre at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem. Choose from the following ticketing options:
- For $13, you get one ticket for section A seating for a performance on a Saturday or Sunday at 2 p.m. (a $27 value).
- For $13, you get one ticket for section A seating for a performance on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (a $27 value).
- For $18, you get one ticket for section A seating for a performance on a Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m. (a $37 value).
Tickets are valid for performances on May 17–27.
Written by prolific playwright and novelist David Wiltse, Hatchetman delights audiences with a manic farce set in the offices of a sinking golf magazine. Recently acquired by a corporation, the erstwhile family-owned periodical's workers whip themselves into a frenzy after deciding that a new employee is the titular hatchetman, sent to decide who is expendable. Romantic tensions, mistaken identities, rapid-fire banter, and rampant paranoia threaten the office's equilibrium while, as the Winston-Salem Journal noted, people banging doors, stepping into trash cans, and throttling each other leads to the climax.
Nestled in the new Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, the Hanesbrands Theatre's intimate environs help draw audiences into onstage stories. Colorfully painted sheets of corrugated metal adorn the walls, merging industrial and artsy aesthetics like a locomotive in a beret.