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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Cheap date Wednesday: Shakespeare

A few weeks ago hubby and I decided last minute to attend a play at Tulane University. Each year the college hosts a Shakespeare festival; part of it is a two-week summer camp for teens that culminates in a performance of a Shakespeare play. Bad idea, right? A bunch of summer campers with braces attempting soliloquy? Cringe-worthy Old English?
Not at all! We were presently surprised with our cheap date, and here's why:
1. It's really cheap: $13 a ticket is close to movie prices these days and at least $10 less than the other festival performances.
2. THESE KIDS WERE AMAZING. I'm serious. This was one of the better versions of The Tempest that I've seen. Every single actor knocked it out of the park! I was very impressed that they got this together in just two weeks, but I was more intrigued by the obvious talent on that stage. Wow!
3. Charmingly laid back, yet professional. Not stuffy (I wore a sundress; the stage had basically one set), but this wasn't a community theater-type event with mostly family in the audience.
Best of all, the play was actually free for us: as we walked to the theater, someone behind us called to us and asked if we were going to the play. We said yes, and he handed us two tickets. "Merry Christmas, I had a last minute change of plans," he said. Awesome! Oddly, this is the second time someone has given us tickets for an event at Tulane; I decided that we must look very young and poor!
What cheap dates/events/fun things have you been up to?


  1. This sounds awesome!!

    Last night was pretty cheap . . . rice bowl take-a-ways then rented "Leigon". :)

  2. I think it's awesome that ya'll took a chance and it worked out so well!! My cheap dates would probably be red box movies :)

  3. Oh fun! How awesome that you scored FREE tickets, too!

    Let's see, I am a bit rusty on the dating front since I have taken quite the sabbatical from dating! But, some of my favorite dates are at home dates where you cook dinner together and then play a game of scrabble or something like that. Or going for a walk around one of the lakes in Minneapolis and getting ice cream afterwards is another inexpensive date.

  4. Totally jealous. Shakespeare is my boy!