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20at20 – Not a Myth

Since living in New York, I’ve always come across the 20at20 Off Broadway deal and wondered if it was really true.  Well, I tried the deal twice this week.  The basic premise is that you show up in-person to the theatre’s box office 20 minutes before the show and if there are tickets available, you can purchase them for $20.  This deal is good between now and February 8.

On Sunday, the boyfriend and I headed over to see the Cripple of Inishmaan.  Even though we were there 20 minutes before the show, unfortunately the show was already sold out, so the deal did not apply.  Thus my first lesson – call ahead to see if the show is sold out.  Also, if you are in an area where there are several theatres, I encourage you to have a backup plan so you can run over to try to get another set of tickets if your first choice is sold out.

Gramercy correspondent Caryn Donohue and I headed over to see Altar Boyz the other night.  We arrived 20 minutes before the show, and our tickets were 20 dollars.  We did have to pay with cash, so keep that in mind.

Of course the explanation of 20at20 would not be complete without a tale of our experience.  So take it away Caryn…

Guest Post by Caryn Donohue, Gramercy Correspondant

Laura and I went to see Altar Boyz last night, and were foolish enough to think that luck was on our side. After arriving at about 7:45 we received some good news: There were still seats available! And two seats next together! Row G?! No way!

All of the above is true, but what we didn’t know is that the woman with the single-handedly most annoying laugh ever to be heard by human ears was sitting in front of us. For nearly 90 minutes I watched five wanna-be Christian boy band members dance around onstage to the sound of a throat tickle that started at a high enough pitch to call dogs from miles away, and trickle on down to something more human-esque. She didn’t just “laugh” at jokes…oh no, this woman was phenomenal. She found humor in nothing. Absolutely nothing. At times no one was talking or moving on stage, and yet that piercing throat tickle would emanate throughout the small theater. You probably think I’m exaggerating, and all I can say is, I wish I was.

She ruined the show for me. I have absolutely no idea what happened during the first hour. Finally, after scheming up ways I could suffocate her with a pillow or duct tape (unfortunately I had neither in my purse), Laura and I gave up our great seats and retreated to the last row in the theater in an desperate attempt to get away from this woman and her “laugh.”  That didn’t fix much. I don’t think sound-proof doors could stop that “laugh.”  Finally, someone who worked at the theater had to come over and say something to her…too bad we had moved up to the last row by that time, I would have loved to hear him say, “Lady, you torture us again with your vicious laugh and you’re outta here.” But I guess he didn’t say that because she continued to “laugh.”

The most bizarre part is that she was there with someone. WHO can handle being friends with her? I’m convinced her friend is deaf; there’s simply no other explanation. And dear God, WHO thought it was okay to bring this woman out in public? Isn’t there some kind of speech therapy that can cure this madness?

On to the show…  well, the dancing was awesome – very energetic. The music, what I heard of it, was very catchy and the voices were quite impressive. Thankfully there wasn’t much of a storyline (except for the end when they tried to be serious and tell some kind of moral/story), because if we had to follow any semblance of a storyline, we would have been screwed. You simply could not concentrate on anything else but how to shut that woman up.

So yeah, you probably think I’m mean, but you just don’t understand. Just ask Laura…

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