- $16 for one ticket to see Red Theater Chicago presents Dylan (up to $32 value)
- Where: The Den Theatre
- Section: general admission
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
Although Red Theater Chicago sells the first four tickets to any showtime at half price, this Groupon applies to all ticket purchases, making it the better deal.
Dylan, which earned Alec Guinness a Tony for portraying the title role in its 1964 debut, follows the whisky-soaked, 1950s American tours of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. The show focuses on Thomas's downfall amid a toxic brew of celebrity, alcoholism, and having a last name that's also a first name. Yet it also peers into the mind of the tortured artist who—as he put it in his famous poem—refused to "go gentle into that good night." Red Theater founding member Gage Wallace brings an arresting intensity to the main character in a performance that "gives Dylan a real charm throughout," according to the Star City Blog.
Red Theater was founded after a freewheeling barroom argument over the intrinsic essence and merits of cinematic versus theatrical art. It's no surprise, then, that it takes full advantage of live theater's best qualities. Boasting independent branches in its native Lincoln, as well as Omaha, Chicago, and Purchase, New York, the group uses the unique aspects of its medium to ask dangerous and challenging questions of performer and audience alike, such as "What does it mean to be human?" and "What do I do if someone is sitting in my seat?" In addition to staging little-known gems, the group reimagines classics in shows such as Red Hamlet which throws Shakespeare's seminal tragedy through the wringer of opera and vaudeville.