Live theater is similar to dating—it can be romantic, it can cause some laughs, and it occasionally ends with a few flying tomatoes. Retire your throwing arm by cuddling up with today's Groupon: for $15, you get one ticket to a presentation of The 7-Shot Symphony and one draft beer at Loring Theater (a $30.50 value). Choose from the following performance times:
- Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, March 13 at 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 16 at 8 p.m.
- Friday, March 18 at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, March 20 at 7 p.m.
Loring Theater casts a rotating roster of live productions, classic films and musical performances that keeps local culture buffs guessing who will show up next. This month sees the return of Live Action Set, a Minneapolis-based physical theater performance company that was named City Pages' 2005 Artists of the Year.
Their current production, The 7-Shot Symphony, plays out seven classic myths from around the world in the setting of the old American West. Deus County is marshaled by Mayor Gilgamesh and Sheriff Odin, who are trying to contain the havoc wreaked by Fenrir the Outlaw, also known as "the Wolf." Other area locals include Orpheus the saloon piano player, Anansi the gambler, and Hades, proprietor of the infamous outlaw hangout the Underworld. Furthering the revisionist movement is the live score from local band Tree Party, whose tunes put a contemporary twist on traditional country music. Those wishing to get into character can come early and grab a cold one at Loring's saloon, where admission also warrants one draft beer.
Loring Theater has bowed before audiences for decades, even hosting Tammy Faye Baker's wedding on April Fools' Day in 1961. Loring reclaimed its original name after a stint as the Music Box Theatre, allegedly inspiring similar rebirths for artists such as Prince, John Cougar Mellencamp and Queen Elizabeth II.