And, no, they aren't counterfeit. And, no, you can't have any of what I'm smoking. But you can possibly score a
For a 30-minute period starting 2 1/2 hours prior to curtain, a limited number of seats -- including some on the front row -- will be made available via a random drawing. All that is required is a valid ID (and, of course, the money to pay for either one or two tickets, depending on how many you request).
"Some people have tried numerous times and never gotten in, others have been really lucky and gotten in several times," he said. "It really is the luck of the draw."
So, what's the catch? Why would the producers of what is arguably the 21st century's biggest stage hit sell tickets for as much as a 90-percent discount? That seems almost un-American.
"Because," reasoned Gilmour, "sometimes tickets are limited in some markets. This truly gives everyone a chance to see the show. It's something [Stone and Parker] really believed in -- to encourage as many people as possible to see the show.
"The producers . . . wanted to offer these low-priced tickets in every city on the national tour. We've been doing it since the show opened in
According to Gilmour, the cast members also benefit from the arrangement because they can feel the energy from loyal fans "who waited in line to see the show."
Incidentally, Gilmour suggested that drawing hopefuls need not waste a lot of time waiting to register for the lottery. "They accept entries between 2 1/2 and 2 hours before showtime. I encourage people to show up 2 hours and 5 minutes before the curtain," he confided. "They don't have to wait around for [25 minutes]."
Durang swings and misses
Early word was that when it comes to his performance as Vanya in his 2013 Tony-winning comedy, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," as an actor
It's not that the 65-year-old
But then comes Vanya's second-act rant/soliloquy about the long-gone innocent days of his youth. It was bad enough Wednesday that, twice, he actually had to say, "Line," so that one of the other actors could jog his memory with a key word. But, more egregiously, he delivered the monologue -- the play's emotional anchor -- with all the manic energy and anger of someone sitting for an
But don't take this as a warning to stay away from the show. There are still many pleasures herein, from Durang's witty and smart script to the performance of the ensemble cast led by veteran
But if you do go, do so knowing you'll likely see Durang experience some difficult and uncomfortable moments.
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