Many theatergoers claim that life imitates art, which can be frustrating when they pause arguments for intermissions or direct drivers to turn "stage left" at stop signs. Learn to navigate the theatrical world with today's GrouponLive deal: for $14, you get two general-admission tickets to see True West at The Village Players Theatre (a $28 value). The show runs for three consecutive weekends from January 6 to 21. Shows start at 8 p.m. on Thursday–Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 15.
Voted Best Local Theatre Group for two consecutive years by the readers of the Toledo City Paper, The Village Players Theatre engages audiences in its 48th season of intimate, immersive stage productions. Drama fans delight during True West, Sam Shepard’s celebrated examination of the duality of man and scruples among scribes. Like dangling a dripping porterhouse over the head of hungry actors, the juicy lead roles of True West have been relished for more than 30 years by famed thespians such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Malkovich, and Erik Estrada. Set in a side of California where the Beach Boys fear to tread, the tale pits Austin, a successful screenwriter, against Lee, his thieving ne’er-do-well brother, in a verbose battle of high stakes and grit. Loaded with leathery dialogue, singing subtext, and dismantled deus ex machinas, the Village Players’ production grips viewers like a gunfighter squeezing a fistful of dental epoxy.