Metaphors for laughter are often surprisingly violent, from "busting a gut" to "splitting your sides" to "tumbling down the jagged face of Joke Mountain." Break a funny bone with this GrouponLive deal to The Ziegfeld Theater. Choose one or both of the following options:
- For $15, you get two tickets to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (a $30 value). Tickets are good Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. from June 15 to June 30. Seating will be best available upon purchase.
- For $175, you get a kids' Summer Theater Workshop for a child aged 7–17, held Tuesday and Thursday from June 19 to August 16 (a $350 value).
The newly opened Ziegfeld Theater carries the torch for onstage art with full-scale productions, improv comedy, and intensive acting camps. Based on the 1988 film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels follows the misadventures of con artists Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson, inaugurating the theater in rollicking style. Initially teaming up to take a town in the French Riviera for all it's worth, the two eventually butt heads, agreeing to determine who is the better swindler by competing to get $50,000 from a young heiress. Pitting Lawrence's suave charm against Freddy's seeming naivety, the pair's continuous one-upmanship bursts into jazzy musical numbers and inspires young charlatans to think bigger than conning babysitters out of extra cookies.
Alternatively, the Summer Theater Workshop immerses kids in the theatrical arts with confidence-boosting classes. Skills covered include improvisation, acting, dancing, and how to hypnotize an audience during awards acceptance speeches. At the end of the camp, a performance of Annie Jr. shows off newly learned skills. Kids aged 7–11 attend from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 12- to 17-year-olds attend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.