$25 for Two Tickets to "The SantaLand Diaries" or "A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant" at American Stage Theatre Company ($50 Value)

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In a Nutshell

  • Long-running company
  • Based on David Sedaris works
  • Humorous holiday romps
  • Drinks & snacks allowed

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Promotional value expires Dec 22, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy additional as gifts. Valid only for show purchased. Valid only 12/9-12/22. Reservation required. Subject to availability. Must use in 1 visit, no cash back. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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.

Reviews

American Stage Theatre Company was recently deemed Best Theater Company in Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay 2010 edition. Six Yahoo! Locals give the theater company a 4.5-star average.

  • 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

Customer Reviews

It is a great small theater. I love it.
Rebecca O. · September 23, 2012
Outstanding!
Violeta B. · August 19, 2012
Absolutely wonderful. Excellent. Laughed til I cried. I am putting a group together for season tickets next season. Thanks.
Malinda O. · August 15, 2012

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