Theater ticket giveaway!

February 11th, 2010

It’s another theater ticket giveaway!

Not Enough Air” at Central Square Theater opens today and runs through March 14. Be the first to comment on this post, and I’ll give you two tickets, along with complimentary parking and drink vouchers. (Previous winners John H. and Elizabeth aren’t eligible; part of the reason I do this is to introduce new people to this wonderful theater.)

I can’t review the play, partly because I am on the board of the theater, but more to the point because I haven’t seen it. However, it sounds absolutely fascinating — a brand-new play about a playwright:

Drawn into the sensational 1920′s murder trial of Ruth Snyder, famed journalist-turned-playwright Sophie Treadwell finds herself compelled to give voice to Ruth’s story through her landmark play, “Machinal.”

And it’s being directed by Melia Bensussen, and that woman can direct the hell out of a play, I tell you what. She did Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s “Taming of the Shrew” this season and “Merchant of Venice” last, both of which were absolutely brilliant. So I think you’d be in for a good time at the theater — I know I can’t wait to see it on Sunday.

Who’s on first?


9 Responses to “Theater ticket giveaway!”

  1. Amy on February 11, 2010 9:49 am

    Are these tickets for tonight or for later? Because if they’re for later, then I’m totally game. :)

  2. nichole on February 11, 2010 9:52 am

    First? Maybe? Sounds good!

  3. Hope on February 11, 2010 10:01 am

    I hope it’s me!

  4. Robin on February 11, 2010 10:31 am

    Amy wins! Yes, Amy you can get the tickets for any showtime you want. E-mail me at robin@robinabrahams.com, and I will put you in touch with the box office.

  5. MelissaJane on February 11, 2010 1:22 pm

    You know, you keep saying that you can’t review their work because you’re a board member, and each time, I have a little argument about that with you in my head. I think that would only be an appropriate ethical scruple if you were reviewing the play for the Globe, or if you were a professional theater reviewer. But informally reviewing the work on your own blog? Not only does that not violate any ethical code, it would be a valuable part of your board service to promote the work of a company you support. Don’t like a play of theirs? Don’t review it; but if you do, for heaven’s sake, use your bully pulpit and sell a few tickets! Yes, I realize the giveaways are an effort to do that. But you write so well about theater – take it a few steps further, please!

    As you wrote on the Other blog, and is more accurate here, this is your blog, and you make the rules.

  6. Robin on February 11, 2010 1:33 pm

    That’s a good point, MelissaJane. But my concern is that if I review the shows that I like, and then am mysteriously silent about others … well, you see what I’m saying. There’s never been a theater company that I think hits the mark every time–even my beloved Actors’ Shakespeare Project, I think, failed with “Much Ado about Nothing.”

    As I get more and more involved in the theater community, I am finding that my dream of someday being a theater critic is compromised. Some of these people are my friends, and I very deeply care about all the theaters I attend regularly, and would hate for one bad review on my part to make someone think, “Oh, X company doesn’t do good work.”

    Yet I do love to write about theater. I think maybe in the future I will do so more, but will focus on the social/psychological aspects of the plays, rather than evaluating them.

    But thank you for encouraging me to give this some more thought!

  7. MelissaJane on February 11, 2010 2:02 pm

    There are so many ways to write about a production, and if you mix them up enough we won’t notice when you don’t endorse one! You can take a dramaturgical tack, or focus on the approach of a particular actor, or tell a funny story about The Adventures of Miss Conduct at The Theatre, or even give a glimpse into what happens offstage (in either the front or the back of the house) to make a production a reality. Since theater is a passion of yours, writing more about it on this blog seems like a great way to integrate more of The Compleat Robin into your professional endeavors.

  8. Carolyn on February 12, 2010 9:20 am

    Amen to Melissa Jane!
    1) it’s your blog, your voice, your opinions.
    2) When I’m reviewing friends or acquaintances, I just say so, and let the reader adjust for it if she sees fit.
    3) Your theater friends want to see what you think, too.

  9. Robin on February 12, 2010 10:18 am

    MelissaJane and Carolyn, thank you. You’re absolutely right. And it’s so kind of you to encourage me!

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