Watching a play is the second-best way to achieve emotional catharsis, right behind writing a play about achieving emotional catharsis. Tear-stain a playbill with this GrouponLive deal.
- $25 for two tickets to see Ohio Shakespeare Festival present Cymbeline (up to a $50 value)
- Where: Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
- Seating: open seating
- When: selected dates at 8 p.m.
- Door time: picnic grounds open at 6 p.m.; a preshow on the green begins at 7:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view all available performances.<p>
Student discounted tickets are available, but this Groupon still offers the best deal.
The drama of Cymbeline starts with a secret wedding: Imogen, the daughter of the play’s titular king, clandestinely marries Posthumus. For this, her father promptly banishes her husband from the court. Meanwhile, the dubious queen plots to kill the king and his daughter so that her son—the king’s stepson—can inherit the throne.
What follows is a multi-layered tale involving real poison, fake poison, kidnapping, mistaken identity, and a special celebrity cameo from the god Jupiter. Adapted with a free and baroque hand by William Shakespeare from a British legend, Cymbeline vacillates between vengeful and joyful, sending viewers on a roller-coaster ride of emotions more intensely than a trip to Tragicomedy Mountain Family Fun Park.<p>
Ohio Shakespeare Festival
"If you’ve ever wished that a Shakespeare production could somehow be outfitted with annotations and footnotes, to help you understand what’s going on at every moment, there’s a much easier (and more enjoyable) alternative,” says theater critic, Christine Howey. “Just sit in the audience while the Ohio Shakespeare Festival is performing.” The lively and fun characterizations are a fitting approach to the works of the ever-sly Bard, especially given the fest's convivial outdoor setting. Dusk finds spectators on the edges of their chairs as immortal plots twist and turn before their eyes and sandwiches.