Every actor is familiar with stage fright, a feeling that originated after the original cast of Hamlet witnessed Shakespeare falling into the Globe's bear-filled orchestra pit. Marvel as actors triumph over fear with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two tickets to any production by Repertorio Español at the historic Gramercy Arts Theater, located in the Gramercy neighborhood (up to a $60 value). This deal is valid for seats toward the back of the first floor (rows L, M, and N) and seats on the side balcony (rows HL and HR). Though Repertorio Español sometimes offers discount tickets for students and seniors, this Groupon is still the best deal available.
Founded more than 40 years ago, Repertorio Español embodies the joys and struggles of Latin-American, Spanish, and Hispanic-American theater pieces, diversifying audiences' artistic palates with their lively productions, most of which are performed in Spanish with live English translations available for an extra $3 (not included with this Groupon). Culture-expanding spectators can enjoy an eclectic repertoire of productions, including Santiago Garcia's carnivalesque adaptation of Don Quixote, after which audience members can show their appreciation by standing on their seats and swinging their arms like windmills. Twinkle toes to the festive flamenco dancing of Pilar Roja or observe a human fish out of water in La Gringa, Carmen Rivera's play about a native New Yorker who travels to Puerto Rico to discover her ancestral roots. The theater maintains several performances at once, so studious thespians should memorize the schedule for a full list of show times and to ensure readiness for theater-trivia quiz shows.
The Gramercy Arts Theater, where Repertorio Español makes its home, is an intimate performing space and one of the oldest off-Broadway theaters in New York. The surrounding neighborhood bustles with myriad restaurants and bars.