$25 for a Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre Performance for Two in Mars Hill (Up to $56 Value)

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Long-running theater troupe puts on a summer of crowd-pleasing contemporary musicals, comedies, and dramas, including Sylvia and Harvey

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Promotional value expires Aug 19, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Redeem starting 6/15 for a ticket at the box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon. Must provide first and last name upon purchase, which will be provided to venue. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Subject to availability. May redeem across visits. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Contrary to popular belief, all the world is not a stage—sometimes people just say things to get attention. See an actual stage with this GrouponLive deal to the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) in Mars Hill. For $25, you get two general-admission tickets to any play in the 2012 season (up to a $56 value). You may redeem your Groupon for two tickets to one performance or one ticket to two performances. Check the schedule for available performances.

For its 38th season, SART carries on a long history of critically acclaimed contemporary classics with a summer of musicals, love stories, and wry social dramas. Running until June 17, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change explores the lives of coupled characters with a mix of songs including "Cantata for a First Date" and geriatric playing-field guidebook "Funerals Are for Dating," goofy blocking, and live musicians.

Later in the season, Sylvia (August 9–19) presents another dissection of modern love, performed with a razor's edge of humor, as a distressingly humanlike labradoodle guilelessly sows discord between a pair of empty-nesters. Rounding out the comic side of the season is Harvey (June 21–July 1), a Pulitzer Prize–winning play made famous by the film adaptation starring Jimmy Stewart. Living by a code of near-saintly pleasantness, Elwood P. Dowd doesn't see anything wrong with the fact that his best friend is a 6-foot-tall invisible rabbit, though his propriety-bound sister and the psychiatric community disagree.

Taking its musical cues from operatic and classical scores, The Light in the Piazza (July 5–22) tells the tale of a protective mother and her naive daughter on a tour of Italy in early 1953. Swept away by the romance of the landscape, the young woman finds herself falling in love with Fabrizio, a handsome Florentine. When her mother, Margaret, swoops in to rescue her from the well-meaning young man, it seems like the oldest soap-opera plot in the book—but Margaret's real motives might be in Fabrizio's best interests.

Gloria Bond Clunie's Sweet Water Taste adds a world-premiere performance to the slate of familiar favorites. Centered on the racial politics of a segregated cemetery and a large family with both black and white branches, the play leavens weighty social topics with a spoonful of down-to-earth humor and was the winner of SART's 2010 ScriptFest playwrights' competition. The actors, musicians, and broken-leg menders of SART make their home in Owen Theatre, a former Baptist church with 125 years of history, accessible seating, and a 2006 renovation to its name.

Customer Reviews

Fabulous venue - every seat in the house is a winner! Both performances were top notch!
Lois M. · August 22, 2012
Usually good shows with lively casts.
Melvin P. · August 22, 2012
great show. we will attend again, even at full price
Wendell H. · August 22, 2012

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