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Before he disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean on a research trip for the unfinished play Waterworld, William Shakespeare is rumored to have said to gatherers on the beach, “The past and future of theater is in time travel.” See the Bard’s sage wisdom come alive with today’s Groupon. For $25, you get a scale-two ticket to the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of Time of My Life at the O’Reilly Theater. Represented in green on Pittsburgh Public Theater’s seating chart, scale-two tickets are available for your choice of show on April 15–18, a $45–$50 value depending on the day of the week. While Pittsburgh Public Theater offers $15 tickets for those age 26 and younger, they can only be purchased an hour before the show for Friday- and Saturday-night shows, or must be ordered in advance.
Through Alan Ayckbourn’s words and John Tillinger’s direction, Time of My Life utilizes an unfixed timeline that creates moments hilarious and heartfelt and asserts the satisfaction of living in the moment. When the Stratton family meets at their favorite restaurant to celebrate their matriarch’s birthday, time is distorted into three distinct storylines—parents Gerry and Laura reminisce in the present; eldest son Glyn and his wife are seen in the future as their marriage unravels; and son Adam and his girlfriend are seen as their budding relationship blossoms in the past. As the bittersweet comedy unfolds, a single actor playing multiple waiters tends to the characters with impressive dexterity and comedic prowess.
Among the professional actors appearing in the play is stage and screen veteran Paxton Whitehead, who card-carrying members of the Rodney Dangerfield Appreciation Society might remember as the villainous Dr. Phillip Barnaby in 1986’s Back to School. Triple Lindy your way over to the handsome and intimate O’Reilly Theater for a night of chronologically jumbled comedy and a greater appreciation of string theory.
The Pittsburgh Public Theater’s most recent production, The Price by Arthur Miller, drew raves from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: > * …those hungering for a classic, well-made play with conflict, resolution and opportunity for personal insight should find themselves well served. – Alice T. Carter, Tribune-Review > * The set is a fitting metaphor for the play’s gathering storm of memory that reaches its bitter climax between estranged brothers, then disappears like a quick summer shower. – Bob Hoover, Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Public Theater
Pittsburgh was about to fall off the theater map when Pittsburgh Public Theater debuted in 1975. Faced with shuttered ticket windows, a dwindling audience, and marquees holding messages like "Goodbye cruel world," founders Joan Apt, Margaret Rieck, and Ben Shaktman were determined to make their company a success. And that determination paid off: their first season's productions of The Glass Menagerie, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Twelfth Night raked in critical acclaim and audience fanfare. Ticket sales climbed, and the trio eventually increased their season to six productions. Among these have been classics as well as plenty of new works, such as August Wilson's King Hedley II and Michael Cristofer's Amazing Grace.