With the exception of disputed pro-football coin tosses and extreme debate clubs, the stage remains the only venue where arguments are regularly settled with a sword fight. Behold a dramatic settling of differences with this Groupon.
- One ticket to see The Giacomo Variations starring John Malkovich
- Where: Elgin Theatre
- When: Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
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The Giacomo Variations starring John Malkovich
In a sea of gloom, Giacomo Casanova sits in an island of light and preaches libertine philosophy: “I knew that I was without sin, and decided never again to let anyone tell me that I should have a guilty conscience. No, I will not have a guilty conscience. I’d rather have no conscience at all.” In a fusion of opera and theatre that spans the decades of Casanova's life, John Malkovich stars as the legendary lover in his twilight hours, and a full-voiced baritone dons a jet-black wig to play his younger self. The piece hinges on a visit to Count von Waldstein and his beautiful sister, where Casanova has free reign to reflect on a life richly lived. And if he spends his last breaths wooing, so much the better.
After his turn as a serial killer in 2008’s The Infernal Comedy, Malkovich reunites with director Michael Sturminger for The Giacomo Variations, his second journey into opera. Joined by a 45-piece orchestra, Malkovich and his stagemates perform arias from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Cosi fan Tutte—and not just because they all concern charming rakes and lovely ladies. According to the [_New York Times_](http://www.nytimes.com/1985/11/10/arts/music-view-did-casanova-lend-a-helping-hand.html?pagewanted=all) Casanova was close with both Mozart and his librettist Da Ponte, and some signs indicate he even lent a helping hand in composing these three works, such as the fact that each was signed "The Three Lady Killers." At once sensual, thoughtful, humorous, and tragic, The Giacomo Variations is the result of more than 200 years of collaborating geniuses.