Going to the theater lets you take in dramatic scenes at a safe distance, much like listening to your neighbors argue about how to pronounce "gnocchi." Hide behind the fourth wall with this GrouponLive deal to see Spring Awakening at Phoenix Theatre, presented in association with Nearly Naked Theatre and Phoenix Theatre. For $26, you get one general-admission ticket (up to a $52.50 value, including all fees). The play runs June 13–July 1, with shows Wednesday–Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday, June 17 and 24, at 6 p.m.; and Sunday, July 1, at 2 p.m. Doors open two hours prior to showtime, with live music before each performance.
Addressing the darker side of adolescent life in a sexually restrictive society, the 2007 Tony–sweeping musical Spring Awakening is based on an 1892 play of the same name, rarely performed and often banned in its own time. Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik arranged, scored, and adapted this raw, unfiltered story, which follows a student body of turn-of-the-century teenagers as they navigate the difficult road to adulthood. The singer-songwriter behind the radio hit "Barely Breathing," Sheik sets the uncomfortable truths of adolescent sexual anxiety to appropriately heart-wrenching songs, such as the romantically naïve Wendla's unanswered plea for wisdom in "Mama Who Bore Me," and "Touch Me," a tender, triumphant ballad that buzzes with physical desire. The centerpiece of the drama is the growing attraction between the headstrong yet well-educated Melchior and Wendla, whose faulty knowledge leads to tragedy.
Meanwhile, Melchior's best friend, Moritz, pines for the Bohemian runaway Ilse, and tirelessly works to succeed in school even as he struggles to rein in his stampeding libido. None of the central couples' classmates are free of secrets either, and the musical boldly faces these realities, from closeted homosexuality to child abuse. This musical contains partial nudity and graphic sexuality and is intended for mature audiences.
Originally established as the Phoenix Players in 1920, Phoenix Theatre operated out of the Phoenix Little Theatre for almost 30 years before settling into its current location. The 1952 building would become the core of the city’s cultural area, later drawing such establishments as the Phoenix Art Museum and Phoenix Library. The company’s current performance space does little to draw the audience’s attention away from the stage, save for the crisscross of industrial railings that support the catwalks and the retired jerseys of older playwrights.
100 E McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85004