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.
CityVoters awarded Theatre Cedar Rapids the Best Theater in 2010.
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