Wed Nov 18 2009
Broadway show tickets
Commission your own monologue
Here’s a gift for your actor boyfriend/girlfriend/buddy: Sassy and whip-smart playwright Bekah Brunstetter (we loved her last work, Oohrah!, in September) will custom-pen a monologue for just three Jacksons. blog.bekahbrunstetter.com, $60
EXPERIENCE IT! Perhaps Brunstetter’s monologue will inspire your pal to take up the pen. Provide the requisite quiet spot with a membership to Brooklyn Writers Space. brooklynwriters.com; memberships start at $180 per quarter, plus a $65 initiation fee and $20 refundable key deposit.
Big-name Broadway show tickets
Nathan Lane plays Gomez in The Addams Family (starts Mar 4); Julie Taymor directs Spider-Man (Feb 25) with music from Bono and the Edge. theaddamsfamilymusical.com, $51--$200 (Buy Tickets); spidermanonbroadway.marvel.com, $67--$275 (Buy tickets).
Wicked the Musical: A Pop-Up Compendium of Splendiferous Delight and Thrillifying Intrigue
If your Wicked-obsessed relative doesn’t have the patience to read the show’s companion book, Wicked: The Grimmerie (written by TONY’s David Cote), you could opt for this three-dimensional alternative. Gorgeous cutout illustrations based on Eugene Lee’s designs take you inside the Wizard’s throne room and other fabulous places in Oz. us.dk.com, $30
EXPERIENCE IT! There’s another way to watch the theater world come to 3-D life: stargazing at Angus McIndoe restaurant. Bring your giftee to the third-floor bar around 9:45pm, start a tab and watch the stage divas congregate. Angus McIndoe, 258 W 44th St between Broadway and Eighth Ave (212-221-9222, angusmcindoe.com)
The American Theatre Reader
Published by Theatre Communications Group (the national service organization for regional theaters), this doorstop compendium collects nearly 600 pages of interviews with actors, writers, directors, administrators and others, originally published in American Theatre. From Eric Bentley in 1985 to Adam Rapp last year, here’s an invaluable survey of major stage trends over the past 25 years. tcg.org, $25
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