The iconic comedy and drama masks that have represented theatrical endeavors for ages were modeled after the ancient works of Sophocles, which were punctuated with hundreds of emoticons. Enjoy modern renderings of sideways smiles and frowns with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two tickets to Two by Two at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield (up to a $30 value). This Groupon is good for any of the following performances: Friday, June 17 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 18 at 8 p.m.; or Sunday, June 19 at 2 p.m.
Voted the best place to see live theater in the Valley Advocate's 2011 readers' poll, the Majestic Theater envelops audiences in compelling stagings starring local thespians. In the midst of the Majestic's summer season, Two by Two juxtaposes the dramatic and comedic sides of Massachusetts playwright Steve Henderson by showing a pair of his enthralling one-act plays back-to-back. Theater-goers get a peek at the ins and outs of the fictional Morse brothers' complex relationship in Morse Code—a case study of universal truths about fraternity, such as the fact that it's more entertaining for others when siblings argue in public. The Gravedigger's Gift riffs on two grave-digging characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet, extracting comedy from the dour business of burying the deceased.
Double-decker seats wrap around the stage, inviting guests to enjoy performances from the main floor or the balcony of the brick-walled, wood-floored space. Although not included in this Groupon, an hour before curtain, the Majestic Café opens for early birds looking to warm their feet by a fire, warm their bellies with a cup of soup ($3.25), or warm the insides of their pockets with warm kernels of popcorn ($2).