Actors often lose themselves in their roles and live out the rest of their days shouting at balconies and wandering anthropology exhibits talking to human skulls. Admire cranial conversations with today’s Groupon: for $24, you get two adult premium tickets to a performance of Eurydice at Theatre Cedar Rapids (a $50 value). Choose between the following dates:
- Friday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m.
From its 1925 roots as a small troupe of aspiring thespians performing in front of 30 audience members, Theatre Cedar Rapids has blossomed into an award-winning community company, earning it the title of Best Theater of 2010 in KCRG-TV9’s CityVoter poll. Eurydice is Sarah Ruhl’s poetic reimagining of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus as seen from the perspective of his wife, Eurydice. After dying on her wedding day, the title character is cast to Hades, where she unexpectedly runs into her father, thus forcing her to decide whether to return home or stay in the underworld to develop the burgeoning family Cerberus-sitting business.
The troubadours tread the boards at the recently refurbished Iowa Theater Building, an opulent 513-seat former movie and vaudeville house that boasts an operable Rhinestone Barton organ. The company recommends guests leave children at home, as Eurydice deals with mature themes such as death and motorcycle-insurance premiums. Tickets can be picked up at will call starting one hour before the performance, at which time food, beverages, and bar service will occupy the lounge and lobby.
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.