Pay What You Will for David Mamet Play at The Vortex

April 25, 2012 by  
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A Pay What You Will show at The Vortex Theatre for their new production of Speed-the-Plow. I suspect we’ll all be speeding over, seeing as we can name our own price…

The Vortex Theatre production of Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet, directed by Harry Zimmerman, opens this Friday April 27, running until May 20, 2012.  Regular priced tickets are an already very reasonable $15, but the performance on Sunday April 29 at 2 pm is a pay what you will show, meaning you can pay any amount you like for your tickets when you arrive at the theatre.

You should still make a reservation at the Vortex Theatre website to make sure they keep seats for you, although they don’t take any payment online. (Because you just pay what you choose when you get there on the day!) Note that seats must be claimed by 10 minutes before curtain time, or they might give them to someone else.

Speed-the-Plow is a play about movie executives and the promo description asks: “Can there be a Hollywood happy ending to this triangle of loyalty and love?”  I love the award-winning writer David Mamet for his absolute mastery of dialogue, and he’s known for plays including Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross, and American Buffalo, the screenplays The Verdict, The Untouchables, and Wag the Dog, and in his spare time 😉 he writes novels.  This is not a play for the kids or the sensitive – it contains strong language and mature themes.

The Vortex Theatre is located near UNM at 2004 1/2 Central Avenue SE.



Revolutions Free Party Jan 10 and $5 Student Tickets

January 9, 2012 by  
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The Tricklock Company’s Revolutions International Theatre Festival 2012 starts this week, and they’re kicking off with a free party on Tuesday January 10.

The Revolutions Party acts up from 7 – 10 pm on January 10, including a chance to meet the performers, and music by Goddess of Arno. The party is free but you’ll have to pay for your own Tractor Brewing Company beer :-)   Head to The Box Performance Space at 114 Gold Avenue SW and The Resource Center next door to join the party – it’s at Gold and 2nd Avenue.

The Revolutions International Theatre Festival runs for three weeks, and main event tickets are $18, with a $3 discount at $15 for students and seniors. The best way to save if you’re going to multiple events is with a Passport for multiple shows – for example it’s $60 for four shows (or $48 for seniors and students).

Students can also get $5 student rush tickets five minutes before the start of each show where tickets remain – which is more likely at the larger venues. Smaller ones might sell out. Take your student ID.



Free Tricklock Performance: Lullabies for My Father

January 11, 2011 by  
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Tricklock Company’s newest work is Lullabies for My Father – make a reservation to see it free as part of the Revolutions International Theatre Festival 2011.

Lullabies for My Father is based on interviews with various members of the community about their relationships with their fathers and ideas of fatherhood. This original Tricklock Company work also includes improv and comments from social media sites like the Facebook groups I Hate My Father (ouch!)  and My Father is the Best. Guess there’s plenty of grist for the theatrical mill there, and the resulting performance is described as “hilarious, sometimes heart-breaking, and highly entertaining”.

See Lullabies for My Father free on Friday, January 21 at noon, in a collaboration between Tricklock Company, AMP Concerts, and the Friends for the Public Library. The show is at the Main Library on Copper, make reservations online in advance. You also get free validated parking at the 5th and Copper Parking Garage!

Lullabies for My Father Free Performance:

  • When: Friday January 21, 2011
  • Time: 12 noon
  • Where: Main Library, 501 Copper NW
  • Price: Free! But make a reservation online in advance.

Lullabies for My Father is part of the Revolutions International Theatre Festival, and if you can’t make the free show, tickets are also available for purchase for The X Theatre performances on the evenings of January 20 and 21, via UNM Ticket Office. But then you have to pay $10 per ticket… 



Red Umbrellas Preview Night Discounted Tickets

August 18, 2010 by  
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Tickets are discounted by up to $10 when you go on Cheap Night to this new musical production.

EDITOR NOTE: If you read this deal when first published, you may notice that the ticket prices have changed. The prices we provided were showing at the online ticket sales site when we posted the deal.  Prices at the online ticket site have now changed, and this post is updated to reflect those changes.
We’re not too wild about people changing their ticket prices when the tickets are already on sale, but in this case the change works in the buyer’s favor, as preview night tickets are now $1 cheaper for adults than they were this time yesterday! Hey, if we wait a bit, they might get cheaper tomorrow 😉

Red Umbrellas the Musical debuts in Albuquerque in September 2010. They reckon it might be controversial, owing to the subject matter: Red Umbrellas tells the story of eight prostitutes “in poetry, song, laughter, and some heated debate” (according to the show description). 
Read more about Red Umbrellas the Musical. The production is written and directed by Margaret E. Iha and presented at the South Broadway Cultural Center. 

Regular tickets for the September 10, 11, and 12 shows cost $22 – $27 for adults (the $27 tickets are front row), and $18 for students and seniors 65+.

BUT tickets are discounted to $17 for adults if you go on preview night September 9, and students and seniors also get a price break at $14.

That’s a saving of $5- $10 for adults on cheap night, and $4 for students/seniors – a smart choice for musical fans!

Buy discounted tickets for the Thursday September 9 performance of Red Umbrellas online.  If you want to go to a different performance and pay full price, follow the same link and make your choice.

Red Umbrellas Preview Night:

  • When:  Thursday September 9, 2010
  • Time:  7 pm
  • Where:  John Lewis Theater at the South Broadway Cultural Center
  • Ticket Price: $17 adults;  $14 for seniors 65+ and students

South Broadway Cultural Center is located at 1025 Broadway SE.



$10 Tickets to NHCC Play for ABQ on the Cheap Readers

July 7, 2010 by  
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Get $2 off tickets to performances of Miss Margarida’s Way at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in July 2010, in a special offer for Albuquerque on the Cheap readers!

Miss Margarida’s Way has become an international classic play, produced in more than 30 countries. Written by Brazilian playwright Roberto Athayde, it’s described as funny and absurdist, with political undertones (apparently it was closed down by the authorities after its 1973 premier in Brazil.) It also involves audience interaction – Miss Margarida is a schoolteacher and the audience is her “class”! 

Miss Margarida’s Way opens on July 15, 2010, with a run to July 25. This is the first time it’s been performed in Albuquerque, in partnership between Albuquerque’s Camino Real Productions and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. (Then they go on tour to Mexico!)

Regular tickets are $12, but in a special offer for ABQ on the Cheap readers you can get $2 off, bringing each ticket priced down to $10

(This is the same discount price paid by seniors, students, and members of the NHCC & Albuquerque Theatre Guild.)

How to get your discount tickets: Mention Albuquerque on the Cheap at the Box Office (505-724-4771).
You can only get the $10 tickets when you buy direct from the NHCC box office, not via 3rd party ticket agents.

  • When: Miss Margarida’s Way plays on Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun from July 15 to July 25, 2010
  • Where: Wells Fargo Auditorium at the National Hispanic Cultural Center
  • Note: Play includes some adult content and language.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is located at 1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque.



Auxiliary Dog Theater Name-Your-Own-Price Show 4/11

April 6, 2010 by  
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A Pay What You Will show at  Auxiliary Dog Theater  for their performance of  Three Days of Rain on Sunday April 11.

Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg, directed by Gabrielle Johansen, was a 1998 Pulitzer Prize finalist, and tells the story of a brother and sister unraveling the truth behind their father’s will. The show runs April 9 to April 25, 2010, and regular ticket price is $15.

But THIS Sunday, April 11, you can pay what you will for the 2 pm performance!

Looks like it’s best to make reservations by phone at Auxiliary Dog Theater, located at 3011 Monte Vista Blvd NE.



See Live Theatre for Free

July 15, 2009 by  
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Got a yen to see live theatre but all you can find in your pocket is lint? Holding a “will work for theatre” placard? Relax. We’ve got you covered.

Our enthusiastic reader Gwen, from Brooklyn, told us we MUST promote Blackout Theatre Company‘s new show, Le Bourgeois Avant-Garde. Problem: no free/discounted hook. So we found one.

Volunteer to man the box office and you can see the show for FREE! Just e-mail Heather. And do it fast; this deal surely won’t last once word gets out to our readership.

Even if you don’t want to trade labor for tix, you can see this show for cheap. Adult tickets are only $10, with students, seniors, and Albuquerque Theater Guild members getting in for just $8.

Le Bourgeois Avant-Garde will be presented at The Box Performance Space on the following dates:

  • Friday, July 17 at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, July 18 at 8:00pm
  • Sunday, July 19 at 2:00pm

The Box is located at 1025 Lomas Blvd NW, Albuquerque.

–Elizabeth Hanes


Pay What You Can Night: “Golda’s Balcony”

May 12, 2009 by  
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It’s not often you can catch live theater in Albuquerque on a “pay what you can” basis, so don’t miss this opportunity!

Golda Meir was a common name in the news during the 1970s. Today’s youth and young adults, however, may have no idea who she was.

If you fall into that category, or even if you well remember the Israeli Prime Minister from her heyday, the play “Golda’s Balcony” will be well worth catching at the Vortex Theatre. Tickets are regularly $15 each, but you can attend a special “pay what you can” performance at 6:00pm on Sunday, May 17 (2009).

The play, written by Tony Award winner William Gibson, chronicles Golda’s personal and political lives as they become interwoven with the growth of the Israeli state.

To attend this special performance, you need to make a reservation via the Vortex website. We recommend doing so as early as possible, as this show undoubtedly will sell out!

The Vortex Theatre is located near UNM at 2004 1/2 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque.

–Elizabeth Hanes


$5 Student Rush Tickets: Catgut Strung Violin

May 5, 2009 by  
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Tricklock Company presents "Catgut Strung Violin"

In case you have no idea what that headline means, let us explain.

First, the deal: students get $5 rush rate tickets 5 minutes before curtain at each performance (except the opening night gala).

Second, the work: Catgut Strung Violin is Tricklock Company‘s newest production, and it’s a doozie. An original work created by Tricklock members Kevin Elder and Alex Knight, along with guest artist Charles Gamble, Catgut Strung Violin is the hilarious story of an unlikely hero’s journey through the foxholes, full of physicality reminiscent of the great comedians of silent film. The play is a surreal work that explores the horrors and absurdities of war through our hero, Anton, and his cherished violin.

For those who either aren’t students or don’t want to take a chance on whether or not tickets will be available at curtain, shows cost $18 general admission, $12 students and seniors, and can be reserved by calling 254-7716.

The performance runs May 7 through June 7. Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm, at the Auxiliary Dog Art Theatre, 3011 Monte Vista Blvd NE (near UNM), Albuquerque.


–Elizabeth Hanes