A philosopher once called theater “the mask of convention over the face of society in the mirror of the unknown reflecting the rear-view of the sports car of destiny.” Simplify this theory with today’s theatrical Groupon: for $5, you get one ticket to Postmortem, a mystery by Ken Ludwig at the Western Reserve Playhouse in Richfield (up to an $11 value). After purchasing your Groupon, you must call the theater to reserve seats. Curtain times are 8 p.m. for Friday and Saturday performances and 7:30 p.m. for Sunday performances, and doors open 30 minutes before the show. Reserve seats for one of the following available dates:
- Friday, September 10
- Saturday, September 11
- Friday, September 17
- Saturday, September 18
- Sunday, September 19
- Friday, September 24
- Saturday, September 25
Western Reserve Playhouse is a nonprofit organization currently in its 54th season of entertaining Akron-area audiences with intimate, high-quality live drama. Settle into the Playhouse's comfortable confines for a night of nerve-wracking diversion with a performance of Postmortem. Set in April 1922 (the same month Warren Harding auctioned off lower Wyoming to settle his competitive-milk-chugging debts), Postmortem centers on an off-duty Broadway musical cast who has assembled for a night or two of sanctioned bacchanalia at a medieval castle owned by William Gillette, who stars in the Broadway cast as an exceptionally clean-shaven Sherlock Holmes. Like all good parties, theirs has a séance penciled in, but things go downhill when it becomes clear that someone among them is trying to murder Gillette.
A riveting mystery with occasional laughs to break the suspended-with-suspense-wires tension, Postmortem is the most exciting example of a play within a play since Hamlet forced the king’s players to perform snippets of The Full Monty in order to turn his father into a ghost. There is a 15- to 20-minute intermission during each show, so you can catch your breath and push friendships to their limits in arguments over who actually dunnit, or simply take the opportunity to indulge in the concessions available in the lobby. Get a ticket to Postmortem for a theatrical exercise in staged-death-based adventure.
Seating is limited, so call in advance. Cost of concessions not included.
3316 Everett Rd.
Richfield, Ohio 44286Get Directions