$24 for Two Tickets to "Sweeney Todd" at Theatre Cedar Rapids ($53 Value)

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Though now commonplace, acting was condemned in colonial times as "public lying," with offenders being yanked off the streets with novelty-sized shepherd's crooks. Embrace vaudevilliany with today's Groupon: for $24, you get two premium tickets to a performance of Sweeney Todd on Friday, March 4 or Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Theatre Cedar Rapids (a $53 value).

Founded in 1925 by a small group of thespian enthusiasts, Theatre Cedar Rapids has expanded in its 86 years of existence to become an award-winning community company, earning it the title of Best Theater of 2010 in KCRG-TV9's CityVoter poll.

Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim's grisly musical thriller, spins the tale of an infamous London barber who takes out his thirst for revenge on the newly shaven throats of his customers, while his conspirator, the pie shop proprietress Mrs. Lovett, disposes of the bodies in a unique and savory way.

The troupe treads the boards at the recently refurbished Iowa Theater Building, an opulently furnished 550-seat former movie and vaudeville house that boasts a still-operable Rhinestone Barton organ. The company recommends guests leave kids at home, as Sweeney Todd deals with mature themes such as violence and Social Security benefits. You can pick up tickets at will call starting one hour before the performance.

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CityVoters awarded Theatre Cedar Rapids the Best Theater in 2010.

Theatre Cedar Rapids

Voted Best Theater of 2010 and 2011 in KCRG-TV9's CityVoter poll, the community collective of Theatre Cedar Rapids gathers accolades as it grows. The seeds of the company were planted in 1925, when a tiny troupe of thespians played its heart out to audiences of only 30. The theater now reaches more than 50,000 eastern Iowans with its education programs and full seasons of musicals, comedies, and dramas. Although its Iowa Theater Building home has been recently refurbished with new sound and light systems, the theater maintains the charm of its 1920s vaudeville and movie-house origin with a functioning Rhinestone Barton theater organ, 550-seat capacity, and absence of holographic ushers.

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    102 3rd St. SE

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

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