Though it is illegal for pranksters to shout about nonexistent fires in a theater, shrieking after an encounter with an underseat gum wad is permissible. Shout about what's on stage instead with today's Groupon: for $20, you get one general-admission ticket to the Druid Theatre Company's production of The Cripple of Inishmaan at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas (up to a $40 value). The performances will be held at the Yale University Theatre in New Haven. Choose between the following showtimes:
- Thursday, June 16 at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, June 18 at 8 p.m.
Performed by the Ireland-based Druid Theatre Company and directed by Tony Award–winning artistic director Garry Hynes, this production of The Cripple of Inishmaan has won nine major international awards and countless local fist-pumps for its laugh-infecting depiction of rural Ireland's reaction to Hollywood. Scribed by Academy Award–winning playwright Martin McDonagh, the story portrays a crippled Irishman as he tries to audition for a Hollywood movie being filmed near his hometown. The 2.5-hour comedic spectacle has been acclaimed by such publications as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Sun-Times as one of the best things to hit theater-going eyeballs since hands-free monocles.
The International Festival of Arts & Ideas brings notable artists from all ends of the earth to New Haven for a two-week celebration of art in all its forms. The Yale University Theatre's classical proscenium layout can comfortably seat up to 654 people as they watch thespians perform onstage or break the world record for the longest consecutive game of telephone.