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Take your kids and have a blast. This theater is known for its serious work, and rightly so. But their current play is termed an "entertainment" and is just plain fun! It presents the adventures of a shipwrecked man at the end of the 1800's, using a few actors to play many parts, lots of fun sound effects, music and costumes. If you are looking for a way to introduce your children to live theater, this is the play for you. It runs this weekend and the next 2 and is reasonably priced. (And the unhappy reviewer who posted before me was certainly the exception -- I have always been treated most royally!)
On 20 January 2011, after we were seated in the theatre on an advertised “pay what you will” performance evening (the website says, “You may pay the regular price, or more, or less, as you will”), Rogue Theatre Managing Director Cynthia Meier approached us and demanded that we either pay more or leave so that our seats could be sold to someone else who would pay more. When we protested, she said, “I can do whatever I want because this is my theatre.”
We did not leave, but instead wrote a letter of protest to Norma Davenport, the president of the organization, (sent certified mail) protesting and asking for a apology. As of today, not only have we not received any response but our future reservations have been canceled.
This type of discriminatory and offensive treatment is unacceptable for any business, but it is especially odious for a non-profit organization that receives tax-supported contributions / funding.
Those people and organizations that are considering supporting this theatre should know of this conduct. Our recommendation is to not provide any further funds to The Rogue Theatre, whether in the form of attendance at shows or contributions.
I would add that there are numerous arts groups inTucson that offer “pay what you will.” None have ever treated us this way.
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