If Shakespeare hadn't stumbled across a tragically placed skull on his way home from film school, live theater may have never been born. Feast your senses on stellar stagecraft with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a four-ticket Flex subscription to any of this season's plays at the Victory Gardens Theater (a $160 value). Multiple tickets may be used for the same performance.
The Victory Gardens Theater will stage four explosive plays this season at the historic Biograph Theater. The world premiere of The Boys Room, scheduled for January 21, will reveal the touching tale of two siblings' return to their boyhood bedroom in search of their own identities and old caches of Halloween candy. Circle Mirror Transformation, winner of the 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play, opens February 25. The comedic yet poignant piece depicts the foibles of four disparate individuals in a community acting class. Themes of culture and race are explored across three generations in Tree, which premiers April 1. The final show of the season, The Gospel According to James opens May 14. The heart-stopping play, featuring Tony-nominated actor Andre DeShields, dramatizes the inciting events behind a documented double lynching in 1930s Indiana. Eye the schedule before calling ahead to reserve your seats.
The iconic Biograph Theater spent the first 90 years of its life as a popular movie house/John Dillinger séance site. The neglected landmark was purchased by Victory Gardens in 2004 and completely renovated, turning it into a state-of-the-art-house. The Biograph now boasts two distinct performance venues equipped with comfy seats and the latest curtain-pulling technology.
Yelpers give Victory Gardens Theater an average of four stars:
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Victory Gardens Theater, a Tony winner for Outstanding Regional Theatre, produces world premiere productions with the help of Chicago writers and its own 14-member Playwrights Ensemble. Since its multimillion dollar renovation of the Biograph Theater and its surrounding ectoplasm in 2006, Victory Gardens has called the historic landmark its home. One of the theater's 2010 premieres went on to become a Pulitzer Prize finalist.