This holiday season, giving the gift of entertainment is cheaper than ever. You can download Madonna’s hot new single ‘Hung Up’ for free online or buy a bootleg DVD of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for a couple of bucks on the street. In fact, theater is one of the last things you actually have to pay a high price for… if you’re a sucker. Why pay $100 plus to see a star on Broadway when you can see Edie Falco, Lili Taylor and Martha Plimpton (hey, she was famous once) for $15 or less? Don’t let its lame title deter you. Oh No You Didn’t, Plays That Do! (The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., Dec 9-11) is a collection of short pieces written by nine pre-teen playwrights from Hell’s Kitchen. Professional actors, including Falco, Plimpton, Hurlyburly’s Josh Hamilton and Tony Award-nominee Mary Louise Wilson, will bring these one acts to life and you can watch for free (call 212-642-5052 to make reservations).
In honor of Signature Theatre’s 15th anniversary, the veteran off-Broadway company is offering $15 tickets to all of its shows during the 2005–2006 season. A revival of Horton Foote’s drama The Trip to Bountiful (Peter Norton Space, 555 W. 42nd St., through Jan. 8) kicked off the celebration back in November. The cheap seats continue in 2006 when Taylor and Sherie Rene Scott star in Landscape of the Body (Mar 28-May 21), John Guare’s quirky 70s Greenwich Village drama.
Those of you who paid top dollar to see Sebastian Bach in the musical Jekyll & Hyde take note: Richie Sambora is tentatively scheduled to appear as a special guest star in Everett Bradley’s Misfit Toys (The Cutting Room, 19 W. 24th St, Dec 11, 19 and 26) and tickets are only $15. Conceived by and starring mischievous musician Everett Bradley, this offbeat holiday show features free sugar cookies, door prizes, and songs from Bradley’s newest CD. No telling which night Sambora will be there but here’s hoping that a drunken kiss with Heather Locklear is one of the unspecified prizes.