- $55 for one ticket to see Fiasco Theater’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona (up to $82 value)
- When: select dates, April 28–May 24
- Where: Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center
- Seating: orchestra or mezzanine
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Click here to view the seating chart
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Except I be by Silvia in the night,
There is no music in the nightingale;
Unless I look on Silvia in the day,
There is no day for me to look upon.
One of Shakespeare’s earliest plays—its debut is undated, but some scholars believe it may be his first—is also an early forefather of the rom-com genre. But while the disguises, woodsy jaunts, changeable hearts, and happy ending may feel familiar, the play’s darker elements keep audiences guessing throughout all five acts. The plot concerns Proteus and Valentine, two gentlemen (yes, from Verona) whose friendship seems unshakeable. When Proteus journeys to join Valentine in Milan, however, he turns his back on both his friend and his devoted paramour, Julia. The reason, of course, is love: Proteus falls head over heels for Silvia, the object of Valentine’s affections. It’s here where the play takes an unexpected turn, with Julia pursuing her love disguised as a man, thugs kidnapping Silvia, and all manner of other mishaps befalling the quartet.
To add to the mayhem, Fiasco Theater’s energetic production, which first premiered at the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC, uses only six actors. Armed with versatile props, original music, plenty of accents, and all the fake mustaches in the house, the small ensemble brings new magic and lightness to a play often overlooked in the Bard’s crowded canon.
Theatre for a New Audience
Theatre for a New Audience has been turning new audiences into loyal audiences for more than three decades. Called "the most sophisticated purveyor of revivals in the major Off-Broadway leagues" by the New York Times' Charles Isherwood, the company has racked up nominations and awards from Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle for its stagings of both Shakespearean and contemporary plays alike. And the company doesn't just treat audiences to performances by F. Murray Abraham and Kathleen Chalfant, or productions guest-directed by Tony winners Julie Taymor and Bartlett Sher. It also introduces public-school students to Shakespeare through hands-on workshops—a less haunting introduction to The Bard than a Ouija-board interview.
Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center
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