If life really imitates art, you'll want to spend less time watching marionette parades to avoid a string-dependent existence and spend more time at the theater. Today's Groupon gets you a ticket closer to that noble goal: for $15, you get a ticket to one of three plays at Playhouse on the Square (up to a $35 value for adults). You can choose from the following shows to experience Memphis's only professional theater company:
- Oliver! (May 14–19, 21–23, and 27)
- Red, White, and Tuna (June 11–16, 18–20, and 24)
- Hairspray (June 25–30, July 2, 3, and 8)
Your Groupon is good for one of the company's final three productions of its 40th season. Reacquaint yourself with the classic Oliver! and sing along to the musical tunes of your childhood, such as "Food, Glorious Food," and "Consider Yourself," as the rapscallion orphans of Dickens's tale tear through the streets of 19th-century London. Or opt for a ticket to the regional premiere of Red, White, and Tuna, a two-man portrayal of the inhabitants of a small Texas town with more than 15 characters and 40 lightning-quick costume changes. Or take in the musical Hairspray to relive the trials and tribulations of Tracy Turnblad as she breaks into the 1962 Baltimore dance-show circuit. Instead of threatening lawsuits or vicious revenge, the cast of local Memphis actors will dazzle audiences with their triple threats of singing, dancing, and acting.
Oliver! and Hairspray will be performed in the theater's mainstage playhouse (with 350 seats and none of them more than 10 rows from the stage), and Red, White, and Tuna will take the stage of the Circuit Playhouse. Seating is first-come, first-served, so call the box office within two weeks of purchase. ¬Regular ticket prices are $35 for adults Friday and Saturday; $30 for adults Thursday, Sunday, and matinees; $20 for senior citizens, students, and the military; and $15 for children under 18, so adults are certain to get a deal with today's Groupon.