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, which gets you a ticket to Biloxi Blues presented by the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre at the Civic Center Music Hall in the Arts District. Choose between two options:
- For $19, you get an evening ticket for shows on March 11, 12, 18, or 19, all at 8 p.m. (up to a $30 value).
- For $16, you get a matinee ticket for shows on March 12 or 19 at 4 p.m., or March 13 or 20 at 2 p.m. (up to a $25 value).
The Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre brings treasured plays to the Oklahoma stage, presenting varied seasons of stalwart standbys and modern classics. Theatergoers will feast curtain-starved eyes on Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize–winning Biloxi Blues, a semiautobiographical coming-of-age story set in an army training camp in 1940s Mississippi. An aspiring writer from Brooklyn, protagonist Eugene Jerome learns to cope with a hardnosed drill sergeant, deals with his first taste of anti-Semitism, and falls in love over the course of his basic training, turning his developing writer's eye on the comedy and poignancy of becoming an adult. The show, similar to diaries of a student's first year at a distant clown college, is by turns both hilarious and touching.
The show makes use of the 2,800-square-foot CitySpace black-box theater at the Civic Center Music Hall, its intimate space allowing for show-goers to get lost in the story and count actors' pockets. Seats will be assigned as reservations are made, so patrons should call quickly after purchase to claim optimal viewing vantage points for the show.