Thursday, November 25, 2010

Be grateful for these Black-Friday-like theatrical deals

You can still see great theatre this season even if you're not Mr. Moneybags.
Today is the day to blow the diet, be thankful the Lord provided for our white forebears while all but wiping out the people of color in their way, and, of course, watch steroid-pumped men in helmets give each other multiple concussions in what passes for a kind of national metaphor. So enjoy!

But TOMORROW is day America gets down to its true manifest destiny - shopping! And in the spirit of that season, the Hub Review feels duty-bound to remind you of a few Black-Friday-like theatrical deals. Chief among these is ArtsEmerson's spring season blow-out on November 29 (that's Cyber Monday, I know, not Black Friday, but never mind!). There will be tickets for all January-April shows available for only $25 (just one day only). And given that these shows include F. Murray Abraham, Peter Brook, and the Abbey Theatre, you'll want to see them all. Particularly since this year ArtsEmerson has both re-vitalized the downtown theatre scene AND shown a new way to deliver intellectually challenging yet accessible theatre to our benighted city. More info here.  Meanwhile, if you feel you simply must shop for theatre on Black Friday, go to the North Shore Music Theatre website, where they're offering 50% off the Dec. 3 performance of their much-loved Christmas Carol (discount code: CCBF). (Then video yourself jumping up and down, screaming "YES!!!", and post it to YouTube.)

There are also plenty of half-price deals over at the Mayor's Holiday Special and ArtsBoston. Oh, and this year why not skip the Rockettes - at least until they hire some live Boston musicians! - and instead check out such newer traditions as the New Rep's Darling Divas Deck the Holidays, the Urban Nutcracker, or, yes, both parts of Nicholas Nickleby (for the price of one!). I guarantee you none of these shows will be turkeys.

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