Watching a play is the second-best way to achieve emotional catharsis, right behind writing a play about achieving emotional catharsis. Tear-stain a playbill with this GrouponLive deal to see You've Got Hate Mail at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Comcast Arena in Everett. For $15, you get one ticket for general-admission seating to the show on Saturday, April 28, at 8 p.m. (a $30 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
A farcical, digital update of Love Letters, You've Got Hate Mail is based largely on the actual emails that led to the divorce of playwright Jane Milmore, whose collaborations with Billy Van Zandt also include The Senator Wore Pantyhose and High School Reunion: The Musical. Hapless e-philanderer Richard accidentally sends his wife, Stephanie, an email meant for his inamorata, and unsuccessfully attempts to cover his tracks. What follows is a romp through the email accounts of the five characters—Richard; his mistress, Wanda; Stephanie; her irate best friend, Pat; and George, an internet-incompetent coworker of Richard who acts as his doofy shoulder-devil. Though the entire script is composed of emails, the action manages to hit the bricks during a smartphone-toting chase scene. The New York Post called the play "the perfect bedroom farce" and Show Business gushed, "it doesn't get better than this".