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A philosopher once called theater “the mask of convention over the face of society in the mirror of the unknown reflecting the rear-view of the sports car of destiny.” This Groupon gets you section A seats at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s performance of The Alchemist at the Lansburgh Theatre for $20, up to an $82 value. Don’t miss the final week of director Michael Kahn’s contemporary interpretation of Ben Jonson’s farce on capitalism and greed. Today’s deal is the perfect opportunity for 17th-century literary critics to take their stand-up comedians and red-faced politicians to a show they’ll all enjoy.
Ben Jonson’s comedic trio of con artists, Subtle, Face, and Dol, expose the follies, greed, and desperation of gullible Londoners as they try to sell their transparent, supposedly transformative wares to anyone looking for a quick boost up the social ladder. Shakespeare Theatre Company’s talented performers deliver over-the-top lampoons of money-hungry schemers, fueled by extravagant and hilarious costumes.
The bite of Jonson’s satirical wit and bawdy style make this cavalier playwright continually relevant and easy to understand. Even if you have trouble believing Richard III was written in English, contemporary audiences can easily interpret Jonson’s clear and down-to-earth language. Prove to your mom that your English major has value, or impress a date with your cultured taste at The Alchemist.
Critics from the Washington Examiner and the New Republic marvel at the 17th-century playwright’s contemporary relevance and Michael Kahn’s visionary direction: > * Director Michael Kahn wisely keeps the emphasis on the play’s farce… “The Alchemist” is very broad, barbed satire. The fact that it is as funny as it is at the Shakespeare Theatre 400 years after it was written is a testament to Kahn’s directorial savvy and to the talent of his extraordinary ensemble. – Barbara Mackay, Washington Examiner > * Jonson is my favorite of the Elizabethans. He is less Olympian than Shakespeare and his language – perhaps because it is somewhat less cluttered with allusions – is easier for a peasant like me to understand…It’s a comic romp, brilliantly directed by Michael Kahn, and also curiously contemporary. – John B. Judis, New Republic
Love’s Lightsabers Lost
If the very mention of the Bard sends your boredom receptors into the red, that’s all the more reason to give the Shakespeare Theatre Company a chance. With his snappy language, twisty plots, and timeless themes, Shakespeare was a game-changing writer not for an age, but for all time. In fact, you might even have trouble telling which of the following quotes are attributed to Shakespeare and which are lifted from the popular Star Wars movie franchise:
- “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”
- “Strike me down, and I will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.”
- “Twilight is upon me, and soon night must fall.”
- “They do not love that do not show their love.”
- “This will be a day long remembered.”
- “Evacuate in our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances.”
- “Be not afraid of greatness.”
- “Don’t call me a mindless philosopher, you overweight glob of grease.”
- “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
- “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
- “He’s holding a thermal detonator!”
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Shakespeare Theatre Company
The Shakespeare Theatre Company is devoted to both reinterpreting and staging traditional renditions of plays from the Bard and those who were influenced by him. Since its first production of Romeo and Juliet in 1986, the company has blossomed into a diverse, highly practiced proponent and preservationist of the playwright’s works.