Though it is illegal to shout about nonexistent fires in a theater, shrieking upon encountering an underseat gum wad is permissible. Shout about what's on stage instead with today's deal to see a humorous holiday performance by the American Stage Theatre Company. Choose between the following two shows (both run from Dec. 9 to Dec. 22):
- $25 for two tickets to The SantaLand Diaries (a $50 value), with performances on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 9 p.m., and Sunday performances at 7 p.m.
- $25 for two tickets to A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant (a $50 value), with performances on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7 p.m., and Sunday performances at 5 p.m.
Based on the popular David Sedaris essay of the same name, The SantaLand Diaries chronicles one man’s achingly amusing struggle playing Crumpet the Elf during a single season of Macy’s retail drudgery. Elves, though docile by nature, are prone to outbursts of adult-related content, so this show is not recommended for children ages 13 and younger. Similarly grown-up geared, A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant serves up a sardonic musical interpretation of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s life journey, including special appearances by usually hibernating puppets. The raucous, one-hour extravaganza is both cute and creepy, like a doll wearing a Freddy Krueger mask or Freddy Krueger facing his fear of dolls.
Though it has changed names and gravitational pulls, the American Stage Theatre Company has been around in one form or another since 1977. This holiday season, like the many seasons before it, promises to deliver enthralling live performances by talented actors that are sure to spellbind viewers and trump the novelty experience of 3-D movies.
- This theatre is the best in the Tampa Bay area. I have seen theatre all over the world and I would put this theatre among the top. You can tell that they are passionate about their work. I will go back again and again and again. – orrells, Yahoo! Local
- Under producing artistic director Todd Olson, American Stage has expanded wondrously. Tampa Bay wouldn’t be the same without it. – Creative Loafing