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December 7, 2007
What's the Deal?

When family is in town and the weather is blustery, theater offers the perfect chance to stay warm, absorb culture and entertain without doing any work. But tickets can be pricey. Thankfully, several local theaters offer discounts for all ages. Also, Ticketplace sells same-day, half-price tickets to many shows. And many troupes offer pay-what-you-can performances early in a show's run.
-- Erin Hartigan, washingtonpost.com

Arena Stage

  • For Younger Patrons: $10 tickets for patrons 30 and younger. Tickets sold Monday for Tuesday-through-Sunday performances. Four tickets per person.
  • For Everyone: 50-percent-off tickets available 90 minutes before the show until 30 minutes before curtain. Must be purchased at the box office; two per person.

Folger Theatre

  • For Younger Patrons: $10 discount for full-time students; ID required.
  • For Seniors: Discounts of at least $4 (depending on the production) for age 65 and older.

Kennedy Center

  • For Younger Patrons: 50 percent discount for full-time students (Saturday evenings excluded); ID required.
  • For Seniors: 50 percent discount for age 65 and older (Saturday evenings excluded).
  • For Everyone: Standing-room tickets, usually $25, for sold-out shows in the Opera House, Eisenhower Theater and Terrace Theater; two per person.

National Theatre

  • For Younger Patrons: 50 percent discount for full-time students for Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances and Sunday matinees; ID required.
  • For Seniors: 50 percent discount for Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances and Sunday matinees for age 65 and older.

Olney Theatre Center

  • For Younger Patrons: Half-price tickets for patrons 18 and younger; ID required.
  • For Seniors: $5 discount when tickets are available for age 65 and older (Saturdays excluded).
  • For Everyone: A limited number of $25 tickets.

Round House Theatre

  • For Younger Patrons: $25 tickets for patrons 25 and younger; ID required.
  • For Seniors: 20 percent discount for age 65 and older (does not apply to $25 tickets).

Shakespeare Theatre Company

  • For Younger Patrons: Limited $10 tickets on Tuesdays for performances through Sunday for patrons 35 and younger; two per person with ID.
  • For Seniors: 20 percent discount for age 60 and older (except Fridays and Saturdays).
  • For Everyone: $10 (cash) standing-room tickets available an hour before shows at the Lansburgh. Must be purchased at the box offi ce; two per person.

Signature Theatre

  • For Younger Patrons: 10 percent discount for full-time students; ID required.
  • For Seniors: 10 percent discount for age 60 and older.
  • For Everyone: Remaining tickets are $20 (musicals) and $10 (plays) 30 minutes before curtain.

Studio Theatre

  • For Younger Patrons: $5 discount for full-time students and $19 tickets available 30 minutes before curtain (except Saturday nights); ID required.
  • For Seniors: $5 discount for age 62 and older.
  • For Everyone: Remaining tickets are $30 30 minutes before curtain.

Synetic Theater

  • For Younger Patrons: $15 tickets Thursdays and Sundays and $20 tickets Fridays and Saturdays for fulltime students; ID required.
  • For Seniors: $5 discount for age 65 and older.

Theater J at DCJCC

  • For Younger Patrons: $20 tickets in advance, $15 at the door for patrons 25 and younger; ID required.
  • For Seniors: $5 discount for age 65 and older.
  • For Everyone: An hour before the show weekdays and Sunday evenings, tickets are $15; $20 Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre

  • For Younger Patrons: $15 tickets for patrons 25 and younger; ID required.
  • For Seniors: $5 discount for age 65 and older.
  • For Everyone: About 10 $15 tickets available opening nights two hours before the show.
 
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