Shakespearean actors employ several clever tactics to remember their lines, such as stapling the script to their costume's torso or scat-singing for minutes on end until they recall a forgotten soliloquy. Be moved by the powerful prose of Shakespeare and baroque beatboxing with today's Groupon: for $35, you get an A section ticket (a $75 value) to the Shakespeare Theatre Company's performance of All's Well That Ends Well. Tickets are for section-A seating in the Lansburgh Theatre. See the sidebar for available dates and times.
Directed by Shakespeare Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Kahn and starring four-time Academy Award–nominated actress Marsha Mason, the company's rendition of All's Well That Ends Well promises to be both stirring and comedic, mixing fairy-tale trappings with a cynical realism. Written in 1604–1605, this Shakespearean tale follows the persistent heroine Helena, who is madly and irreversibly in love with Bertram, the Count of Roussillon. Bertram, however, finds her unworthy of his social status. When Helena cures the deathbed-ridden King of France, he offers to reward her with the husband of her choice. But Bertram throws several obstacles and diversions at Helena to escape her warm, unrequited love. Will Helena outmaneuver him and secure his hand in marriage, or will Bertram lock himself in his basement and re-enact Hamlet with his action figures for three acts? The play is peppered with memorable quotations throughout, most famously Alec Baldwin's entire scene from Glengarry Glenn Ross.
The Shakespeare Theatre Company is devoted to both reinterpreting and staging traditional renditions of plays from the Bard of Winnipeg's oeuvre and those who were influenced by him. After getting their Groupon, Shakespearean superfans must register online with the Shakespeare Theatre Company and select their preferred show date. The box office will assign seats based on availability in section A. Preference of dates is first come, first served, so cancel plans to watch unfaithful modern Shakespearian adaptations such as Robo-Romeo-Cop and see All's Well That Ends Well before the premium dates are gone. Prithee bringeth thine Groupon upon the night of yon show.
Tickets must be picked up at least 30 minutes before show time.
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