A Christmas Carol Ticket Deal and Discount Theatre Offer

November 20, 2012 by  
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Two productions of the festive classic A Christmas Carol are about to hit the stage in Albuquerque, and here’s how to get discount tickets to both. Plus you can save with a deal on Albuquerque Theatre Guild Theatre Lovers Community for the holiday season.

Duke City Repertory Theatre at The Filling Station presents A Christmas Carol from November 29 to December 16, and this A Christmas Carol ticket deal gives you two adult tickets for the price of one. For Thursday performances you get TWO adult tickets for $10 (usually $10 each) and Friday to Sunday it’s TWO adult tickets for $19 instead of the regular price of $20 each.

The production is based on the Charles Dickens story and adapted and performed by John Hardy. Yep, one guy plays more than 25 roles in the play. (Talk about “One man in his time plays many parts.” Oh. We don’t need to. Will Shakespeare talked about it already…)

The 50% off ticket offer online is via Living Social, for a limited time and while seat availability lasts. Note that kids’ tickets for all performances are $5 if you buy them in the regular way, not with this special offer.

If you miss that deal (why would you? It’s a cracker) the cheapest day to go is Thursday, when tickets are $10 each for adults, or $5 for kids. On other days, tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for military, seniors, and students with ID, and kids still pay $5. If you buy those direct from the Duke City Rep online box office, there is also an addition $1.50 per ticket booking fee.

Performances are on Thursdays to Saturdays at 8 pm, plus Sunday matinees at 2 pm and you’ll find The Filling Station at 1024 4th Street, SW.

Over at the Adobe Theater, the holiday show is Christmas Classic Radio Theater presents: A Christmas Carol. The show runs from November 30 to December 16, 2012, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and on Sundays at 2 pm.  Regular priced tickets are $15, or $13 for seniors and students. But if you buy tickets in advance for the opening weekend (November 30, and December 1 and 2) all tickets are reduced to $12.

Call the box office at (505) 898-9222 or book Adobe Theater tickets online – there’s an online booking fee of around $1 per ticket. The Adobe Theater is located at 9813 Fourth Street NW.

The Albuquerque Theatre Guild told us about this deal on a six-month membership for the Theatre Lovers Community, which gives you discounts at various member theatres, access to rehearsals and auditions, and special programs. A membership for the period January 1 to June 30, 2013, is priced at $17.50, or $15 for full-time students and seniors over age 62.

But right now they have a deal to buy TWO Theatre Lovers Community memberships for $27. If you buy now, they’ll also throw in December membership, at no additional cost. Could be a nice idea for a gift, and they’ll even send the membership card and a seasonal greeting on your behalf to the recipient, if you choose.

We do enjoy some fantastic theatre in Albuquerque, and even better when it’s on the cheap!

–Tania FYI I’ve given you my Living Social affiliate link.



Albuquerque Free Night of Theatre

September 23, 2012 by  
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Sign up for this Albuquerque Theatre Guild promo by September 30, 2012, for a chance at free theatre tickets!

The annual Free Night of Theatre campaign has been running nationally for some years in other cities, but as far as I’m aware this is the first time Albuquerque has participated. Yay!

The Albuquerque Free Night of Theatre is essentially a lottery – you sign up free at the link through September 30 and choose up to five live theatre performances you would like to see. People who register may win pairs of tickets to any, some, or all of the performances they select – or they may get none at all, I assume.

The performances are all by participating Albuquerque Theatre Guild member theatres for productions taking to the stage during October and November 2012. It’s an opportunity to try out a theatre you’ve never been to before, or for anyone who’s never even been to the theatre at all – here’s your chance to get completely free tickets.

The free ticket values vary from $12 to $35 each, and performances include:

  • 9 to 5: The Musical at Albuquerque Little Theatre
  • Murder at Lighthouse Point at East Mountain Center for Theatre – including dinner!
  • Annie at the Rodey Theatre
  • The Jewel in the Manuscript at Adobe Theater
  • Burn This at Aux Dog Theatre
  • The Haunting of Hill House at Aux Dog Theatre
  • Finger Mouth by the Tricklock Performance Laboratory
  • The History of Asking the Wrong Question at N4th Theater
  • The Waiting Room by Mother Road Theatre Company at the Filling Station
  • ….and several more.

Register for the Albuquerque Free Night of Theatre at the link. After I registered my contact info, the form didn’t immediately take me to the theatre selections. So if the same happens to you, click on the Edit Your Personal Ticket Entry tab at the sign up page – then you’ll see the options available.

Remember, it is a lottery, so there’s no guarantee, although I gather that choosing a theatre you’ve never been to before increases your chance of winning free tickets. (How do they know where we’ve been? Spooky.)  I’m also not sure how many free tickets each person gets. Hopefully a pair or more, but I’ve got a message out to the Albuquerque Theatre Guild to check and I’ll update here.

UPDATE: ABQ Theatre Guild confirms that the giveaway is for pairs of tickets, and that 12 Theatres have contributed 123 pairs of tickets to 44 performances of 15 productions. Some of the performances don’t have many people competing for them, so if you enter you have a good chance for a pair of free theatre tickets.



As You Like It in the Park

July 25, 2012 by  
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The South Broadway Cultural Center and The Vortex Theatre present an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s comedy: As You Like It.

And I do like it! As You Like It is one of my favorite comedies by old Will Shakespeare, and you can see a live performance outdoors on July 28 and August 4 at 7:30 pm, with the South Broadway Park doing its best to act the part of the Forest of Arden.

Admission to The South Broadway Cultural Center As You Like It production is a suggested $5, and you can take your blankets and picnics (not alcohol or glass containers though).

The collaboration between the South Broadway Cultural Center and The Vortex Theatre is part of the Youth Summer Shakespeare Intensive, with teens trained to perform the play. I used to be able to recite the most famous passage from As You Like It in full, but now I can only remember:

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages….”

I must be in the ancient age when your memory evaporates. I guess if you go along you can hear the rest of it.

As You Like It  will be performed on two dates:

Shakespeare in South Broadway Park on Saturday July 28, 2012 
Shakespeare in South Broadway Park on Saturday August 4, 2012

Time:  7:30 pm

Where:  South Broadway Park by the South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway Boulevard SE

Price: Tickets are a suggested $5



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.



50% Off Two Theatre Tickets to Wooden Snowflakes

November 30, 2011 by  
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Get two tickets to Wooden Snowflakes for $20 for performances by Duke City Repertory Theatre between December 8 – 18, 2011. It’s a time limited deal available through December 1.

The half price deal on two tickets is to see Wooden Snowflakes, in a production by Duke City Repertory Theatre at The Kosmos – aka The Factory on 5th Art Space on Fifth Street NW.  The play by Catherine Bush is about a world-weary and cynical woman finding the true meaning of Christmas when stranded one winter in a cabin with a mysterious stranger. Although the play sounds to be ultimately life-affirming, about finding faith and belief in love, goodness, and holiday spirit, it is not recommended for young kids – they recommend ages 13 upwards.

Usual prices are $20 per adult ticket, or $12 for students, seniors, and military. For kids aged 12 – 17, tickets are $5. So the two tickets for $20 offer obviously scores best savings if you want two adult tickets. Call it half price tickets, call it Buy One Get One Free…. either way it’s a nice little saving and might inspire a theatre visit if you wouldn’t shell out full price.

Show dates are at 8 pm on December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17, with Sunday matinees at 2 pm on December 11 and 18.  You can pick which date you want when booking the deal via this link to Living Social.

The offer closes on December 1, so if you want tickets, nab them soon!

I certainly feel like a world-weary woman at times, and the idea of being stranded in a cabin in the dead of winter sounds rather peaceful, as long as the cabin is well-stocked with breakfast burritos and Ben & Jerry’s….

–Tania  FYI:  I’ve given my Living Social affiliate links. To help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything) please use the links. Thanks!


Shakespeare Festival Save on Tickets with a Festival Pass

May 23, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque theatre never fails to astound me with its diversity – from cutting edge to classic. And with cheap ticket prices like these at the Summer Shakespeare Festival, you can enjoy across-the-bard savings (ouch!) with a festival pass. 

The Summer Shakespeare Festival Will Power! at the Vortex Theatre runs for ten weeks from June 3 to August 7, 2011. Tickets to individual plays are $15, a pretty fair deal in itself, but you’ll save $5 if you buy a festival pass to see all three plays for $40.

Students get an extra price break at $10 a ticket, with no student rush.

Shakespeare Festival plays are:

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • The Merchant of Venice

The Vortex Theatre Shakespeare Festival passes also give theatre-lovers the advantage of a separate entrance so you don’t have to wait in line, and the best seats held for you until 10 minutes before the curtain goes up. And as many of the festival performances sold out in its debut year of 2010, the pass also ensures you actually get a seat for all three plays…. without having to pay a pound of flesh!



Wicked $25 Tickets in the Lottery

February 9, 2011 by  
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If you’re lucky in the lottery before each show, you might get $25 tickets to see Wicked at Popejoy Hall.

Wicked, the untold story of the witches of Oz, is the award-winning blockbuster Broadway musical showing at the Popejoy Hall. Wicked tickets have a price tag to match the show’s reputation, and many shows are already sold out, but you might get lucky and score a $25 ticket to Wicked for the remainder of the Albuquerque run.

The lottery of Wicked tickets for $25 each takes place two and a half hours before each performance. Turn up at the Popejoy Hall box office and put your name in for the lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats. Half an hour later they’ll draw the winners – if you get a $25 ticket you must pay cash, and there’s a limit of two tickets per person.

Note that the $25 tickets are for limited view seating, not premium seating. The lottery is running on all shows till the end of the run on Sunday February 13, 2011. That includes the sold out shows – according to the Popejoy person I just spoke with they’ve held back the lottery orchestra seats already. See all the
Wicked at the Popejoy Hall performance times.

Regular orchestra seats cost from $52.50 to $152.50 as far as I can see, so that’s a pretty good saving if you’re willing to throw your hat in the ring. I guess the odds of getting the discount tickets depends on how many people turn up!

Wicked is best for kids aged 8 upwards, and they don’t admit children under the age of 4.

Thanks to reader Barbara J. for sending us the tip!



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… 



Albuquerque Little Theatre BOGO Ticket Deal

November 26, 2010 by  
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For every $50 you spend at the Albuquerque Little Theatre box office today, Friday November 26, or on Saturday November 27, they’ll give you a buy one get one free voucher for a future purchase of tickets to Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure or Steel Magnolias when you request the Black Friday promotion.

I was a bit confused by the way the Black Friday offer was worded in the email from ALT, wondering if the required $50 spend itself got you a free ticket to those shows, or if it got you a voucher to use next time you make a purchase, so I called the box office to check. They confirmed that the deal is spend $50 and the voucher is for an additional purchase: Use it later to buy a ticket to Sherlock Holmes or Steel Magnolias and you’ll get a free ticket of equal or lesser value. That’s a saving of up to $22.

The deal is only good on November 26-27, 2010, on box office purchases by phone (505-242-4750) or in person, requesting the Black Friday Promotion. It isn’t available via their online ticketing service.

The box office is open until 7 pm today, Friday, and from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday.

Albuquerque Little Theatre is currently selling tickets for shows including:

  • Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: playing till December 24
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure: January 21 – February 6, 2011
  • Steel Magnolias: February 25 – March 13, 2011
  • Charlotte’s Web: April 8 – 17, 2011
  • Hairspray: May 20 – June 12, 2011

Albuquerque Little Theatre is located at 224 San Pasquale SW.



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