Going to the theater lets you take in dramatic scenes at a safe distance, much like listening to your neighbors argue about how to pronounce gnocchi. Hide behind the fourth wall with this GrouponLive deal.
- $16 for one ticket to see Twentieth Century (up to $29.68 value)
- Where: The Footlight Players Theatre
- Seating: reserved
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Dates and Times
- Friday, May 2, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, May 3, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Oscar Jaffe, an egotistic Broadway producer, was once the toast of the Great White Way. Now he's going bankrupt. Ever since his starlet and former lover Lily Garland—who was just a chorus girl before he turned her into a leading lady—abandoned the stage for Hollywood, all his plays have flopped. Distressed, he escapes aboard the Twentieth Century Limited from Chicago to New York City, where he encounters his estranged Lily. Now that she's an A-list Hollywood actress, she wants nothing to do with Oscar, but he wants everything to do with her. With 20 hours before the train reaches the end of the line, he uses his cunning instead of his carbonite-freezing technology to try to bring Lily back to Broadway, and hopefully back into his arms.
As a play in 1932, Twentieth Century had Broadway in stitches. As a movie in 1934, it helped invent the genre of the screwball comedy. And when it came back to Broadway in 2004 with a revamped script from playwright Ken Ludwig of Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo fame, it scored two Tony Award nominations. It also showed that old-fashioned 20th-century romantic farces, laden with crackerjack dialogue and slapstick, still play like gangbusters in the 21st century.
The Footlight Players
It started small: in 1931, Lieutenant Commander Charles Russell Price directed a series of one-act plays at the Charleston Navy Yard. It was an unexpected success, and a year later, his band of amateur theater-makers were officially calling themselves The Footlight Players. The ensemble began performing at various spaces around town, and as their popularity grew, they became a local institution.
Today, The Footlight Players uphold Price's vision by staging seasonal works ranging from comic musicals to dramatic plays. And while the company now has a permanent home in a historic cotton warehouse, their scrappy, let's-put-on-a-show attitude hasn't changed—local volunteers are always welcome to audition, lend an extra hand, or shake cottonseeds out of the stage curtains.