It's tourist season in New York City and in honor of that, the Off-Broadway play Sightseeing is offering a half-off ticket price to anyone who passes as a tourist Dec. 19-23.
How to pass? There's a list of required items, any one of which counts towards full tourist status. They include: "a fanny pack, Statue of Liberty crown hat thingy, matching shorts outfit, stupid over-sized sunglasses where the first and last letter of the place visited act as the two eyes of the glasses, a 'My (friend/relative) went to (name of city/country visited) and all he/she brought me was this stupid t-shirt’ t-shirt or respective Hard Rock Cafe t-shirt of that city, train schedule, map, disposable camera, foreign phrases book, luggage or malaria."
Anyone with a boarding pass for a flight to a Third World country for the future or in the past six months gets in for free.
Set in our own celeb-obsessed times, Margaret Dulaney's Sightseeing finds popular TV star Myra - more known for being known than known for being talented - on the run from Hollywood. While she travels in secret, Myra meets nondescript office worker Lilith, depressed and nearly invisible Howard, and celebrity press agent Will, tortured by his past shameless pursuit of newsprint. Sightseeing won the 1999 Berrilla Kerr Award. Past winners of this citation for contemporary American theatre have included Eve Ensler, OyamO, Mary Gallagher and Y York.
Julie Boyd, fresh from performing in The Man Who Came to Dinner, directs. Her company features Reed Birney (The Butterfly Collection), Tony Carlin (the Werner Heisenberg understudy at Copenhagen), Chris Cavelli, Susan Knight and Susan Pellegrino. Sightseeing began performances Nov. 15 for a run through Jan. 7. Tickets are $35. The Jose Quintero Theatre is located at 534 West 42nd Street. For reservations, call (212) 244-7529.
— By Christine Ehren