Thursday, December 20, 2012

Happy Belated Chanukah

Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Chanukah may be over, but it's not too late to get into the spirit. Jackie Hoffman's A Chanukah Charol is playing on Friday and Saturday nights at New World Stages through December 29.

As you may have guessed from the title, the one-woman show, co-written and directed by Michael Schiralli, is based on A Christmas Carol. Hoffman plays herself, or a version of herself, a Chanukah Scrooge who is frustrated with her career. Patrick Stewart (also played by Hoffman) narrates as she finds herself performing in a Chanukah show at a synagogue in Queens. After leaving the stage in the middle of her show, she is visited by three ghosts, and you can probably guess the rest.

Hoffman excels at bitter, self-deprecating humor. But as funny as the show is (some bits land better than others), she doesn't shy away from a few serious moments. The show runs at a little more than an hour. Any more and the schtick would wear thin, but as it is, it's the perfect length and it ends early enough that you can still attend a holiday party or two after.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Contest: Win Tickets to The Holiday Guys

Update: The contest is now closed. The winner was picked at random. Congratulations Sierra Fox!

Marc Kudisch and Jeffry Denman are not only two talented musical theater actors, they are also The Holiday Guys. I saw them in 2009 and am so glad they're back this year in The Holiday Guys in Merry Hanu-mas at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's. The show will run for two weeks from December 18 through the 31st. 
I'm delighted to have a pair of tickets to giveaway. In order to win, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite Christmas/Chanukah/holiday/winter song. For an extra entry, tweet about the contest or retweet one of my tweets about it. You must be following on Twitter for the extra entry. A winner will be chosen at random from all the entries on Friday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. Please include your e-mail address or Twitter handle in the comments so I have a way to contact you if you win. Good luck!
The winner will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to a performance of his/her choice. Blackout dates apply. Ticket voucher expires on December 30, 2012.

If you don't win and still want to see the show, or do win and want to go more than once, here is a special offer:

$29.50 tickets for Dec 18th – Use Code HGRRM29
$39.50 tickets Dec 19th thru Dec 23rd – Use Code HGRRM39
$49.50 tickets Dec 26th thru Dec 30th – Use Code HGRRM49

*New Year’s Eve Shows - $64.50 (6PM) & $74.50 (10PM)

ONLINE: Visit and use code from above
PHONE: Call (212) 935-5820 and use code from above

The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s
619 Lexington Avenue (Enter at 54th Street just East of Lex)

RESTRICTIONS: Subject to availability.  Offer may be revoked at any time.  Blackout dates apply.  

By the way, if you're looking for other holiday shows, I also have a discount code for Chris March's The Butt-Cracker Suite!, a recreation of The Nutcracker set in a trailer park playing at HERE Arts Center through December 29. If you saw Chris March on Project Runway, you know that the costumes are sure to be outrageous. 
For $25 tickets to all performances:
ONLINE: Click Here and enter code FLAMINGO
PHONE: Call 212-352-3101 and mention code FLAMINGO

RESTRICTIONS: Subject to availability.  Offer may be revoked at any time.  Blackout dates apply.