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 to see Freud's Last Session at The Mercury Theater. Choose from the following options:
For $25, you get one ticket for main-floor seating at a weekday or matinee performance (a $55 value), valid from Wednesday, August 29 to Sunday, September 16. Shows run Wednesdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 1 and 5 p.m.
For $25, you get one ticket for main-floor seating at a Friday or Saturday evening performance (a $59 value), valid from Friday, August 31 to Saturday, September 15. Shows begin at 8 p.m.
Winner of the Off Broadway Alliance's award for Best New Play of 2011, Freud's Last Session imagines a meeting in the looming shadow of World War II between the aging atheist and an up-and-coming Christian thinker by the name of C.S. Lewis. The doctor invites Lewis for a chat at his London home, where the young author expects to be taken to task for his satirical treatment of Freud, but instead the pair trades witty interpretations of life, love, God, and who the best welterweight mixed-martial-arts fighter is. As these weighty topics bounce between the legendary minds, Freud, painfully and secretly dying of cancer, contemplates the virtues of suicide. Adding local connections to the long-running production, the formidable Mamet interpreter Mike Nussbaum steps into Sigmund's beard. The 88-year-old actor's oceanic range has dazzled Chicago audiences for decades, lighting up last summer's Drury Lane production of Broadway Bound in what the Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones called "one of the most remarkable comedic performances" he'd ever seen. As Freud and Lewis, he and Coburn Goss weave intriguing thoughts and arguments from the bare minimum of material—two minds, two viewpoints, and lots and lots of mahogany furniture. The New York Times called the play "a sharp, lively discourse," and the New York run has attracted the attention of such eminent persons as Woody Allen.
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