Live theater tends to be more thrilling than film, largely due to the heightened odds of seeing someone flub a line or deliver a stirring monologue while sitting in your lap. Vicariously live the free-wheeling thespian life with today's Groupon: for $39, you get two adult tickets to Sex on the Beach or Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale and two drinks from the theater's bar at Roy Arias Studios & Theatres on West 43rd Street (up to a $115 value). Performances of Sex on the Beach take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and continue through August 26. Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale runs until August 16, Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Sex on the Beach stars Roy Arias in a one-man comedy about the Caribbean sex industry. The 65-minute show introduces theatergoers to the lives of a hustler, a Cuban escort, and a transvestite as each character comes to terms with a colorful past and faces an uncertain future. Alternately, Jaylene Clark’s _Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale_—fresh from its grand premiere—fuses dialogue, poetry, song, and dance to investigate Harlem’s evolving culture and explore the effects of socioeconomic change through the interwoven stories of three women. Close friendships between the cast members and director inform the lively, uninhibited performance, which aims to revitalize Harlem and reconcile past and present.
The intimate theater situates spectators near the onstage action and provides clear views of Arias handily juggling the portrayals of different genders, backgrounds, and law-school affiliations. Beer, wine, and mixed drinks are available for purchase at Roy Arias Studios & Theatres’ fully stocked bar and can be enjoyed during the show ($5+).
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