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Deal Update: Ham for the Holidays and Other Performance Art

November 30, 2012


If you love theater, the Cheap Bastard can’t think of a better deal for your entertainment buck than fringe theater. The performance spaces are small, the subject matter is often edgy and/or amusing and the prices are often far less expensive than those at mainstream theater companies around town. And it’s a good thing because there are times when it’s so bad that you find yourself staying just to watch because it has all the attraction of a train wreck. Fortunately, there’s so much more good stuff than bad, that it’s well worth checking out, especially if you don’t mind performance art. 

In fact, the Cheap Bastard has been happy with almost everything he’s seen at Annex Theater, Jet City Improv and Theater Schmeater among other local theaters. He also recommends anything written or directed by Brett Fetzer including his monthly cabaret Spin The Bottle.

All of this praise was inspired by a Goldstar deal that just sold out. The deal was half price on admission to Ham For the Holidays, a hilarious, annual musical spoofing the holidays. There are still full price tickets left and they are well worth the price. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other great performance bargains available. Here’s a list of a few of the CB’s favorites available through the discount site, Goldstar.

Wait a minute, the CB just checked Goldstar and sees that the Ham for the Holidays deal is back on. 

Ham for the Holidays: Ham-Ageddon at Theatre off JacksonLisa Koch and Peggy Platt are always hilarious in this annual sketch comedy laugh riot. It isn’t for everybody, though. If you’re not LGBT friendly, you might want to sit this one out. $10 ($20 value). Dec. 12, 19. 

Owen Meany at Book-ItThe local theater company that brings books to life is staging this play based on John Irving’s funny book A Prayer for Owen Meany. Full price tickets are  $25-38, Goldstar price is $12.50-$19 plus service charge. Tix available Dec. 6, 12, 13, 16, 19.

The Music Man at The Driftwood PlayersFind out all about the trouble right here in River City that starts with T, that rhymes with P, which starts Pool for just $11.50 and service charge. In Edmonds. ($23 value). Dec 6 and 13th. It’s also a heckuva lot cheaper than the Music Man playing at the 5th Avenue Theatre, which Goldstar also has tickets for. The professional version has tickets for $37-$42 ($71-$81 value). Feb. 7, 9, March 3, 7, 8, 9, 10. 

A Twisted Christmas Carol by Unexpected Productions–The audience gets to decide what happens in A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol, an improvised retelling of the Charles Dickens classic by Unexpected Productions. Who knows? Maybe your audience will want it presented as a Spanish soap opera or a noir thriller. An original performance for $7.50 ($15 value). Best of all, it gives you an excuse to visit the Pike Place Market. Dec. 2, 9, 13, 16, 30. 

The Woman in the Wall at Annex Theatre–You can be one of the first to see the world premiere of this murder mystery centering on the discovery of the bodies of a woman and her child inside the walls of a downtown high-rise. No, it’s not necessarily holiday fare, but it sounds  pretty interesting to the CB. Just $7 at Annex Theatre on Capitol Hill. Dec. 6, 10. 

Savings to date: $19,872.20

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