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

–Tania


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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.

–Tania 

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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!

–Tania

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Free Staged Play Reading: June 27

June 23, 2010 by  
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Intrigue, passion, and a fatal duel in a staged reading of a play about President Thomas Jefferson. Tickets are free to this one-day only event on Sunday June 27, 2010.

Get a shot of history along with your entertainment at The Vortex Theatre this Sunday afternoon, with a free staged play reading of T.J. or the Publick and Private Intrigues of Thomas Jefferson and his Illustrious Circle.

The play is written by Mark Dunn and directed by Frank Melcori, and explores the story of President Jefferson and his inner circle, including his slave mistress Sally Hemings, and it all leads up to the fatal duel between rivals Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.

There’s no drama about the price – tickets are free!

  • When: Sunday June 27, 2010
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Price: Free tickets and open to the public (according to theatre capacity, of course)


NOTE:
If you missed our Summer Shakespeare Festival post a couple of weeks ago, you can also save $7 with a festival pass to see all three festival shows through August 15, 2010.

The Vortex Theatre is located at 2004 1/2 Central Avenue SE, opposite the UNM campus, on the south side of Central Avenue.

–Tania

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Shakespeare Festival Save on Tickets with a Festival Pass

June 9, 2010 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 11 to August 15, 2010. Tickets to individual plays are $15, a pretty fair deal in itself, but you’ll save $7 if you buy a festival pass to see all three plays for $38.

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

Shakespeare Festival plays are:

  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Much Ado about Nothing

The Vortex Theatre promises sidewalk entertainment before the show, and boasts new air conditioning in the theatre.

“No profit grows where is no pleasure taken” as they say in The Taming of the Shrew. Hopefully with the discounted festival pass you’ll take pleasure AND profit from the deal…

–Tania

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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

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