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A Mid-Summer Night's Dream

I saw this play, opening night at the Delacorte in Central Park ... a must see ....

A Mid-Summer Night's Dream, August 8 - September 9, 2007, Tuesdays - Sundays at 8:00 pm (more info and dates)

The Delacorte Theater is located near Turtle Pond, just south of the Great Lawn, in Central Park. The closest Park entrance from the East Side is Fifth Avenue at 79th Street; from the West Side, Central Park West at 81st Street. After entering, follow the footpath to the Delacorte Theater ...

Posted August 10, 2007 04:27 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Central Park , Notes to a Friend , Theatre   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)


Shakespeare in Central Park - FREE

Shakespeare in Central Park started last night .... at the Delacorte Theatre ... Romeo & Juliet ... it was a beautiful evening to enjoy a comedy in the Park ....

The evening was cool and autumn-like with clear blue skies and a stiff breeze ... the open-air stage was surrounded by lush green trees, which gave a magical feeling to the show ... the stage was very minimal with a revolving wood-plank circle and a shallow moat of water in the centre ... movable iron bridges and shelving provide the changeable scenes ... the actors gave a fine performance with much water trashed about ... it was thrilling to be at the show on opening night and enjoy a free performance.

Next week, the Metropolitan Opera will perform on Tuesday in the Great Lawn ... Patsy's fresh mozzarella & tomato pizza and vino to go ... summer-time and the living is easy, fish are jumping ...

Pick up your free Shakespeare in the Park tickets on the day of the performance beginning at 1pm at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park or from 1 to 3pm at The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street.

The Delacorte Theater is located near Turtle Pond, just south of the Great Lawn, in Central Park. The closest Park entrance from the East Side is Fifth Avenue at 79th Street; from the West Side, Central Park West at 81st Street. After entering, follow the footpath to the Delacorte Theater ...




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Posted June 7, 2007 02:57 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Central Park , Sights & Sounds , The Best , Theatre   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Tosca - Free, August 1, 2006

Uncle Paq & Blackberry Ellie: Please go to the New York Grand Opera website for information about a free opera at 7.30 pm this coming Tuesday, August 1, 2006 ... Tosca ... at the Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, 72nd Street at Mid-Park ... let us all go bring a pinic buffet and sing-along in Italian ...

Also see Naumburg Orchestral Concerts

Update: Postponed due to the heat.

Posted July 31, 2006 11:55 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Central Park , Music , Notes to a Friend , Theatre   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Macbeth at Delacorte Theatre - FREE

Macbeth is playing at ... through July 9, 2006 ...

Strongly recommended ... I saw the play last Wednesday and Thursday, even thought they posted a "Sold Out" sign ... there are tickets available at the last minute because of many no-shows ... sitting in the open fresh air in Central Park is so magical ... the blowing wind amongst the trees, the movement of the clouds, the airliners, the stars ...

The Delacorte Theater is located near Turtle Pond, just south of the Great Lawn, in Central Park. The closest Park entrance from the East Side is Fifth Avenue at 79th Street; from the West Side, Central Park West at 81st Street. After entering, follow the footpath to the Delacorte Theater ...

all shows at 8:30 pm



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  • Pick up your free Shakespeare in the Park tickets on the day of the performance beginning at 1pm at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park (212-539-8750) or from 1 to 3pm at The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street [NYT | Central Park 2000]

    Posted June 19, 2006 08:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Central Park , Free , Sights & Sounds , The Best , Theatre , Tips   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    "Papering" and "Dressing the House"

    For theater-lovers, learning some industry jargon couldn't hurt. "Papering the house," for example, is a common producers' practice to fill unsold seats. It's done during previews -- to start buzz about a new play, and assure a full house when critics are in attendance -- or when a show is past its prime and ticket sales dip. "We used to invite staff from fellow theater offices, sort of as a professional courtesy," says one theatrical company manager. "Now, no one wants to admit they're papering, so we're turning to sources outside the theatrical community."

    Organizations such as Audience Extras (AE), Play by Play and Theatermania.com's Gold Club collect lists of interested theatergoers. In exchange for an annual fee of $85 to $99, those individuals receive offers to Broadway, Off- and off Off-Broadway shows (sometimes on opening night) costing just $3 to $4.50 a ticket. Seeing a play for such a ridiculously small amount of money, however, is viewed as a privilege; in return, producers expect proper business attire, etiquette (no skipping out at intermission), and discretion (don't brag at the box office about the great deal you got, while others pick up their full-price tickets). You are, in a sense, working the show, providing the actors with a full and attentive audience, often as they try to iron out kinks in a new production.

    "Now That’s (Cheap) Entertainment," by Joseph V. Amodio, Newsday, January 15, 2004

    Audience Extras distributes complimentary tickets to it's subscribers when a show is in previews, under publicized, expecting a reviewer or celebrity to attend, or would like the benefit of a full house.

    As an Audience Extras subscriber you get to choose from over 1000 different events a year! You can attend as many shows as you like for only $3.00 reservation service charge per ticket! A portion of the service charge goes directly to The Memorial Foundation for the Arts to aid non-profit theaters.
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    Audience Extras (AE) is a "papering" system (i.e. provide additional audience to shows when needed) that was established by Mr. Peter Copani and his son John-Vincent to benefit the Performing Arts in three innovative ways. First, by screening for responsible, dependable and discreet people to put in an empty seat when a producer needs extra audience. Second, by distributing "paper" complimentary tickets in a way that could develop future audiences, that is, on a "free sample" introductory basis. The third benefit is to use the AE "papering" program as an ongoing funding source for non-profit theatre. The cost of the AE communication system is covered by the ticket recipients making it free for theatre companies and producers who use the service to "paper" or "Dress The House".

    Audience Extras, 212-686-1966

    Theater Extras is a “seat-filling audience development organization” only. We do not sell tickets. Theater Extras arranges COMPLIMENTARY tickets for its members when a performance or event is in previews, under publicized, expecting the attendance of reviewers or celebrities, or would like the benefits of a full house. Performances range from previews to opening nights to performances throughout a show’s run.

    Theater Extras, 212-802-7277 or 914-304-4093

    Play by Play, a unique organization called upon by theatre producers to fill unsold seats to their Broadway and Off Broadway shows.

    Performances range from previews and opening nights to performances throughout a show's run. Corporate attire is required for Broadway shows.

    Play by Play, 212-868-7052

    TheaterMania [Gold Club] works directly with producers, theaters, and venues to make tickets available for our members who discreetly fill the house and help build buzz and word of mouth for shows.

    Members log into the Gold Club, select shows and events from our exciting and diverse list of offerings, print a voucher, and present it to the box office. It's that simple! The membership pays for itself with one or two shows!

    TheaterMania Gold Club, 212-352-0255

    Posted December 9, 2005 09:02 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Theatre , Tips   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (2)

    Harold Pinter's "Celebration"

    Even social-climbing New Yorkers, the most shameless name-droppers on the planet, might feel compelled to cut back on celebrity-citing after meeting the wistful waiter now serving boldface dish at the Atlantic Theater Company. An employee of a sweller-than-thou London restaurant, this logorrheic fellow, deliciously played by David Pittu, shows up in the enjoyably boisterous production of Harold Pinter's "Celebration" that opened last night.

    "Lifting the Art of Name-Dropping to a Cosmic Level," by Ben Brantley, The New York Times, December 6, 2005

    "A pair of Pinter plays," by Jacques Le Sourd, The Journal News, December 6, 2005

    Atlantic Theater Company, 336 West 20th Street, 212-645-8015

    I saw this play and so very enjoyable ... great acting! ... Thanks to Ms Y-McGuinn!

    Post by Peter

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    Posted December 6, 2005 01:58 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Theatre   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    "The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow"

    Although its run at the Atlantic Theater Company is over, we saw "The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow" last week ... the acting was straight and to the point ... excellent staging and props ... very thoughtful and well written ...

    "The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow," by Rolin Jones [New York]

    Posted October 18, 2005 02:34 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Theatre   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    "Ashley Montana goes Ashore in the Caicos... or What Am I Doing Here?"

    Last Saturday evening, we went to see an off off Broadway show ... "Ashley Montana goes Ashore in the Caicos... or What Am I Doing Here?" ... very entertaining and I strongly recommend ...

    The acting by Bebe Neuwirth, Jeff DeMunn, Jenn Harris and James Waterston was fabulous ... a play by Roger Rosenblatt ... at the Flea Theatre, 41 White Street, between Church Street and Broadway, 212-226-0051 ... adjacent to Chinatown, yummy!

    Posted by Peter

    Posted October 10, 2005 01:02 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Theatre   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    Upcoming free events ... at Lincoln Center

    Dee Dee Bridgewater ... August 28, 2005, 8 pm ... Viva la diva! Une soiree des chansons Jazz ... she is a great performer ... I am looking forward to hearing her sing ... Damrosch Park Bandshell, 62nd and Amsterdam, Lincoln Center ... (discography)

    Hung-Sheng Lion Dance Theater ... August 29, 2005, 8 pm ... dazzling dancing and drumming, acrobats ... Damrosch Park Bandshell, 62nd and Amsterdam, ... and August 30, 2005, 10:30 am ... Josie Robertson Plaza

    These performances are part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2005 ... running through September 4th ...

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    Posted August 24, 2005 07:50 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Free , Music , Theatre , Upper West Side   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    Shakespeare in the Park

    Sadly, July 17th was the last performance for As You Like It, Shakespeare in the Park. But, Two Gentlemen of Verona starts August 16 and runs through September 11.

    Posted July 19, 2005 11:55 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Central Park , Parks , Sights & Sounds , Theatre   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)