The history of theater goes all the way back to the 1970s, when audiences were eager to see "living movies." See how far these unfilmed shows have come in only 40 years with today's GrouponLive deal: for $27, you get a midday theater outing for one (a $54 total value), which includes:
WSC Avant Bard, formerly the Washington Shakespeare Company, defends the American theater vanguard with avant-garde, evocative productions of time-tested and contemporary classics. A 50th-anniversary production of Samuel Beckett's heart-wrenching Happy Days, directed by returning drama captain Jose Carrasquillo, immerses audiences in the lives of husband Willie and his wife Winnie, who remains optimistic in the face of hardships, including the inexorable approach of death. All performances take place at Arlington's vibrant Artisphere, and general-admission seating ensures tardy show-goers won't disrupt performers by leaping over patrons in cacophonous rocket boots.
Sunday's matinee performance of Happy Days includes brunch at Hotel Palomar’s dining-room restaurant, Domaso, which helps satiate diners with sweet and savory menu items as well as nonalcoholic beverages. Strike a dramatic pose indicating hunger before breakfast edibles such as a toasted smoked-salmon bagel slathered in cream cheese, tomato, and capers ($13) or lunch-specific plates including Rappahannock oysters dressed in passion fruit and tiny, rotund trench coats ($2.70).
WSC Avant Bard
Established as the Washington Shakespeare Company in 1990, WSC Avant Bard is dedicated to updating classic theater for modern audiences, revitalizing well-worn drama with challenging interpretations. Under the leadership of newly appointed artistic director Tom Prewitt, the theater treats audiences to daring productions of established classics, new works, and little-known Shakespeare fan-fiction about him teaming up to fight crime with Queen Elizabeth I.