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70% off IRISH MASTERPIECE: The Gigli Concert (drama, Soulpepper Theatre $23)

Join us for The GIGLI Concert, an Irish theatrical masterpiece. The play will be presented by the Soulpepper Theatre Company in Toronto's historic Distillery District.

Our group will save up to 70 per cent off regular ticket prices by purchasing rush tickets, which are usually best available on Mondays.


An Irish building contractor has an unlikely but irresistible desire: to sing like the great Italian tenor Beniamino Gigli. He retains the services of self-styled "Dynamatologist" JPW King to achieve his impossible dream. Hardly a voice teacher and certainly unfit to be a life coach, the hard drinking King finds himself grudgingly taking on the project, intrigued by this mysterious stranger. Written by Irish playwright Tom Murphy who is considered to be Ireland's greatest living playwrights. More information

ABOUT SOULPEPPER THEATRE: Soulpepper is considered to be one of the best small theatres in Toronto. It consistently offers professional, high-quality productions. It is also one of the priciest small theatres in the city. To save money, Thumbs Up will be going to Soulpepper's productions on Monday and Tuesday nights in 2014 when cheap rush tickets are usually in good supply. Please note a seat is not guaranteed for a rush ticket! .


DATE: Monday, March 31, 2014

TIME: Show starts at 7:30 p.m. It's recommended you be in the box office lineup by 5:45  p.m. to get a rush ticket.

WHERE: Young Centre For The Performing Arts
Michael Young Theatre
Distillery District, 50 Tank House Lane
Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4

RUSH TICKETS: $23 cash (adults), $5 cash (youth 21 and under)

REGULAR TICKETS: $57.00 and $74.00 (adults) (including HST and service charges)

MEETUP FEE: $2 cash (Please pay Peter exact change at the meetup spot)


RUSH TICKETS: Get into the box office lineup for rush tickets on the day of performance. Consecutive numbers for rush tickets will be given out by the box office beginning at 6:30 p.m. The lower your number (number 1 is best!), the better your chances of getting a rush ticket. At 7:00 p.m. the box office will start calling out the numbers in the order they were given out until all rush tickets are sold. To get a low number, it's best to line up early at the box office -- by 5:45 p.m. if possible. Peter will check on availability of rush tickets closer to the performance date.

Members are responsible for purchasing their own tickets directly from the theatre.

BOX OFFICE CONTACT INFO: Call the box office at (416)[masked], ext. 1.

SEATING ARRANGEMENTS: This theatre has assigned seating. This means it may not be possible to sit together as a group. However, we will get together before, at intermission and after the show.



Meet Peter at 5:45 p.m. in the box office lineup. He will be wearing a white cap.


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  • joan

    Great acting but I found the plot was unclear and not engaging.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Kate L.

    Hi...I enjoyed the play although I agree with the rest of you it was hard to follow the dialogue...a little too intellectual. Although the story was good and I liked how each one of the characters transformed themselves and each other in the end. It's one of those plays that requires some study - before or after the show...Hope to see you all at the Last Confession! Thanks Belinda.

    April 1, 2014

  • Wendy

    The acting was very good in the Gigli Concert, but the story left me wondering what the author was trying to tell us or show us.

    2 · March 31, 2014

    • Belinda

      @ Wendy: Aptly put. I totally agree.

      March 31, 2014

  • Belinda

    Ohhhhh Peter you're such a diplomat! You did a great job of organizing this meetup. Unfortunately, the script wasn't very compelling even though the acting and production were both good. I snoozed through most of the first half and left at intermission. :-( It was lovely meeting Kate and I look forward to seeing her at other events.

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • Peter W

    Thanks to all of our members for arriving so early ... It meant that we were all seated right together in excellent seats ... A very warm welcome to our newest member Kate who comes to us with a wealth of experience with theatre productions.
    Personally I found this play was difficult to appreciate, as I could not see a great deal of logic in the story ... no doubt a result of my engineering background.

    March 31, 2014

  • Janie F.

    Sadly, I must cancel. We are in the midst of a major declutter -- our condo is on the market and our first showing is Wednesday! This is a great sounding play and I am sorry to miss it.

    March 30, 2014

    • Belinda

      We'll miss you, Janie.

      March 30, 2014

    • Peter W

      Looking forward to seeing you back with us soon, Janie !

      March 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my first event and really looking forward to this.
    Any advice?

    March 8, 2014

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