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2 C or Not 2 C: The Early Bird Gets Hamlet

February 4, 2008

I am writing this post from the happening REDCAT Lounge…free wireless (abc12abc12 I think) following the Wooster Group’s strange bizarre and awakening version of HAMLET. All the actors and crew are hanging around, very joyous after a successful show, although a little wild to hear the voices and words from Hamlet echoing in my head and hear the voices form Hamlet echoing around my head…Too bad I don’t know how to take pictures with my cell phone or I’d share the images in mind…

To back track a few hours…I scooted along traffic free LA roads (always plan to drive during the Super Bowl) to arrive at the REDCAT by 5pm (2 hours before curtain) to get in line for the $25 tickets for me and LA performance artist Pat Payne…to have them sold out under my nose! A few tix remained at $55 but I turned my empty pocket book up at them and strode in the venue in search of my ticket. I asked around but to no avail…and then, on the tip of the barkeep, wonderful guy that he is, who remembered me as not the grumpy poet from Ventucky but the jubilant one, I approached the house manager to offer my services as usher. He had no need but you never know is this business so I hung out…

and lucked into a seat! Yes I had to work a little before and after, but I was already hanging around, I’m not afraid to tell people what to do, and I was able to see a mind blowing show. For FREE. Ah yes, ushering, the secret to seeing awesome shows for free if you don’t mind going early and staying late and occasionally taking abuse. I’ve seen many a show on those usher coattails. (It’s kinda like dressing the bar…)

If YOU want to get in to see this absolutely stunningly visual Hamlet like you’ve never seen before, you got to get in line before the box office opens (2 hours before curtain). It is SOLD OUT. If you want to get one of those discounted seats, they have very very few so you’d best come well before 2 hours before the show. Bring a book. Hang out in the lounge. Buy a drink. Tip the cool barkeep. Comment on my blog. It’s worth it. But right now I have no idea how to even start to explain this show other than you’re seeing all the Hamlets you’ve ever seen at once and not actually seeing one Hamlet at all.

PS Hot tip–you can park in the garage here for FREE for 30 minutes while you get your ticket then go find a free spot somehwere…(be super nice to the guys who work there of course!) I love parking in front of DWP on Temple and the parking gods have smiled upon me several times there.

gotta get on the raod–see ya on the prowl!

the art predator

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