Though now commonplace, acting was condemned in colonial times as "public lying," with offenders being yanked off the streets with novelty-size shepherd's crooks. Embrace vaudevillainy with today's Groupon: for $40, you get four general-admission tickets to The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Greek Theater located at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morris Township (up to a $108 value). This Groupon is valid for early evening performances of the play, which take place on select Saturdays and Sundays at 4:30 p.m., June 22–July 31.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey commemorates the 10th anniversary of its outdoor stage with a 90-minute production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Audience members are welcome to bring their own beach chairs or blankets, rent a seat cushion, or master the art of levitation while absorbing the bard's tale of two couples wandering into an enchanted forest before an impending royal wedding. Watch as the protagonists entwine themselves within a whimsical and romantic plot that involves a mercurial cast of fairies, donkey-headed humans, and mythological hockey equipment.
Guests can revel in the naturalistic ambiance of the grass-and-stone amphitheater, which takes its architectural inspiration from the Theater of Dionysus in Athens. Now in its 49th season, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey celebrates the bard's linguistic prowess by mounting contemporary re-creations of his master works, many sprinkled with now famous phrases coined by the wordsmith himself, including: "to be or not to be," "dead as a doornail," and "in a pickle—please, someone, help me escape this pickle."
Although discounts are available for students, this Groupon still provides the best value for a set of four general-admission tickets.