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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 11/ 1/2007

A Perfect $10

By Erin

Unless you won big bucks at a Halloween costume party, chances are good that you don't have the $80 that it takes to score a top seat at one of the elite theaters around town. While I am a huge fan of local theater, the cost is prohibitively high. Thankfully, Shakespeare Theatre has just launched 20/10, a program for patrons ages 35 and under that offers $10 tickets. If, for some reason, the current shows -- like the superlative "Taming of the Shrew" -- at Shakespeare don't appeal, there are a few more theater bargains to snap up in the coming days.

Each Tuesday at 10 a.m., the theater's box office will sell 20 pairs of $10 tickets to each of the company's productions through the following Sunday. Patrons who get there early enough will have their choice of any Shakespeare Theatre show running that week. Tickets are available to anybody 35 or younger.

To mark the kickoff of the new 20/10 program, all tickets to the Tuesday, Nov. 6 production of "Tamburlaine" at the new Harman Hall will be $10 for those 35 and under. DJ Quadratic will also be spinning before and after the performance.

In the meantime, anybody can score $10 tickets to the final performances of Sola Nua's "Made in China." Enter keyword "Coupon" during checkout or mention it at the box office. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Next Saturday, Nov. 10, pay what you can to catch the 2 p.m. performance of Conor McPherson's "Shining City" at Studio Theatre. I was definitely spooked by this captivating show on Broadway last year. Studio should be an interesting venue for the show's D.C. debut and is certainly worth paying whatever you can muster.


By Erin  | November 1, 2007; 9:00 AM ET
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I think it's great that Shakespeare Theatre has launched a 20/10 program for patrons 35 and under that offers $10 tickets. It would be equally great if you could also include or launch a program for seniors 65 and over to enjoy the performances. Many seniors are on fixed incomes and may not be able to afford the higher prices of most tickets.

Posted by: Beverly A. Arnette | November 1, 2007 6:49 PM | Report abuse

This is a great idea, but I also agree with Ms. Arnette about adding a program for Seniors. Adding a program for Seniors would expand your program a great deal. And since the theatre is in a location that loaded with resturants, bars, etc. it would be a great nite out on the town for a couple, group, or a few friends just hanging out.

Posted by: Donna R. Baldwin | November 1, 2007 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Pretty much all the people who go to the Shakespeare Theatre are already seniors. The program is as much about attracting new fans as it is offering cheap tickets.

Posted by: Blold | November 1, 2007 8:12 PM | Report abuse

You do not need an MBA to realize that offering discounts to geriatrics who will never buy subscriptions and do not have the disposable income to donate any money would be a unwise business decision.

Posted by: Sewerdog | November 2, 2007 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Unwise business decision? What about it being more about letting people appreciate the arts? People under 65 are just as likely to not have disposable income too.

Posted by: bgirl | November 2, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

It's not so much about disposable income. The reason theatres, operas, museums offer a discount for younger people is to acquire their next generation of supporters.

Posted by: Ann | November 2, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

What about us over 35 and under 65. We all would like to enjoy an evening on the town.

Posted by: Penni | November 2, 2007 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Many companies offer senior discounts already. The Shakespeare Theatre offers 20% off to those 60 and over.

Posted by: Austin | November 4, 2007 7:54 PM | Report abuse

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