Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Tis the Season (Subscription) to be jolly?

But it is time for theatre’s to get busy renewing their subscriptions. Here in Boston I have the rundown of the Seasons and the basic ballpark cost-per-play that a subscription will get you. I tried to take the cheapest subscription program I could find to arrive at these estimates. (Some theatres, like the Huntington, offer an array of different types of subscriptions.)

The Executive Summary goes like:

Lowest to Highest in order of per play cost for a single subscription:

Trinity Rep (7 Play) 20.00 Per Play
Boston Theatre Works (4 Play) 21.25 Per Play
New Rep (5 Play) 23.60 Per Play
Lyric Stage (7 Play) 25.00 Per Play
American Repertory (7 Play) 29.14 Per Play
Stoneham Theatre (5 Play) 31.00 Per Play
Huntington Theatre (7 Play) 36.80 Per Play

Considering that movies now cost over 10.00 in some places, I am not so sure that prices are way out of wack. And the concessions at these theatres are nowhere near the mindblowing costs of concessions at the local multiplexes.

Of Course, theatre is a community event and one probably would want to regularly attend the theatre with a loved one or friend and so the cost would double what I have listed above.

Be Aware also that some of these prices are early bird offers and could change soon.

Huntington Theatre Company

The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard

Carol Mulroney by Stephen Belber

Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton

The Hopper Collection by Matt Smart

The Road Home – Re-Membering 9/11

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum

Cheapest Subscription: 7 Plays- Previews Night $258.00 (36.80 Per Play.)

They have extremeley flexible ways to subscribe. 5 Plays 4 Plays Six Play etc. But basically they all come out to a per play average of 36-40 dollars for the cheapest subscriptions. Basically, Students win with a great 7 Play subscription averaging about 14.00 per play. (Be Forewarned though, the cheapest subscriptions may have you seated way up in the balcony on the BU Theatre.)

American Repertory Theatre

Carmen by Bizet

The Keening by Humberto Durado

Three Sisters by Anton Checkov

No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Orpheus X by Rinde Echert

Island of Slaves by Miravaux

Cheapest Subscription 204.00 ( Average of 29.14 per play.)

New Repertory Theatre

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

True West by Sam Shepard

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Frozen by Bryony Lavery

Bill W. And Doctor Bob by Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey

Ragtime Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens; Music by Stephen Flaherty

Cheapest Subscription: 5 Play Subscription 118 (23.60 per Play) Three Play Sub (26.30 per Play) 79.00.

Lyric Stage:


The Underpants

The Goat


Kong’s Night Out

They haven’t quite finalized the rest of the season, but they have some interesting lineups.

Cheapest Subscription: $175.00 = $25 a play.

Stoneham Theatre
Pal Joey Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Lorenz Hart, Book by John O’Hara

Dracula by Bram Stoker

A Christmas Story

A Prayer for Owen Meaney Based on the book by John Irving · Adapted by Simon Bent

Seven Rabbits on a Pole: By John C. Picardi

Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Story By Clarke Peters and Larrington Walker

Cheapest Subscription 5 Plays: Classic Adults $186 (31.00 per play.)

Trinity Repertory Company

The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Rupert Holmes

Suddenly Last Summer Tennessee Williams

Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers by William Yellow Robe Junior (World Premiere)

Hamlet – William Shakespeare

Indoor/Outdoor by Kenny Finkle

Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmund Rondstadt

Untitled: Hinting at a World Premiere

Cheapest Subscription: 7 Plays 140.00 (20.00 per Play.)

Boston Theatre Works

Pulp: A Musical by Patricia Kane

Othello by William Shakespeare

The Sweetest Swing in Baseball by Rebecca Gilman

BTW Unbound: A Festival of New Plays

Cheapest Subscription: 85.00 21.25 Per Play

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