Seeing daggers and fell creatures from another realm are symptoms of having guzzled that rarest brew, the milk of human kindness. Take a giant gulp with today's deal: for $17, you get a ticket (a $35 value) to see your choice of A Midsummer Night's Dream or Macbeth at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre through May 9. Consult the schedule to find a date that works for you. Purchase more than one of today's Groupon and catch both of the Bard's diametrically opposed tales.
In professional theaters, Macbeth is euphemistically referred to as “the Scottish play” in order to avoid invoking the name that summons the ghosts of dyspeptic bagpipe players. Witness the danger firsthand with the PST's re-imagining, wherein the play's claustrophobic themes of madness are pictorially recreated with dramatic Asian music and theater forms. The opposite side of this Janus head is A Midsummer Night's Dream, a colorful romp through a fairy-infested forest that stands in stark contrast to the inward spiral of Lord and Lady Macbeth's dreadful natures. Thick with bright hues and inspired by Indian music and movement, PST's Midsummer liberates the senses from their corporeal soul-sack and guides them through the fumbles, foibles, and philandering ways of love, life, and leaving. No matter which story is witnessed, the audience is sure to enjoy plays performed with passion and panache by a theater company dedicated to Shakespearean productions.
Tickets to a Shakespeare show make a lovely gift for an erudite mom or drama-loving dad, and the intense and timeless content makes for a potent backdrop to an explosive last date. The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre began life in 1989 as a troupe focused on English drama; it wasn't until 1996 that it re-focused its efforts on the scribblings of Will. In addition to performing the plays, the PST conducts several programs for adults and students, including a lecture series featuring Shakespeare scholars, a school tour, and a classical acting academy. Shakespeare's birthday may have happened a handful of days ago, but it's not too late to make this obscure playwright feel special.