you tried out for the Heavenly Choir and flubbed the audition??
Find out in:
"What the Hell are You Doing
in the Waiting Room for Heaven?"
A New Transformational Music-Theatre Experience
An intimate theater ...
... Deborah and her strap-on harp in the spotlight ...
... YOU and ALL YOUR FRIENDS in the audience - singing along
Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat nights, August 13-23, at 8 PM
WHERE: Central Square Theater - Central
Square (450 Mass Ave), Cambridge, MA
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WHAT'S THE SHOW
After life comes...TRYOUTS?!?!
What if life is really just an
audition? You know, kind of like American Idol, but this is...well...it's
LIFE...THE Ultimate Reality Game Show.
"What the Hell...?"
takes you to the Waiting Room for Heaven where auditioners
for the Heavenly Choir are waiting to find out if they got
in. It turns out there’s a new “No Soul Left Behind”
policy in Heaven, so each audition group is assigned a casting
coach. Deborah Henson-Conant plays Aubrey Giles, the coach
for the remedial group -- the group seated in the theater
tonight. She'll teach them the ins & outs of the devilishly
difficult competition...but Aubrey has more than a few of
her own inner demons to contend with.
"What the Hell...?"
puts the Hell back in Heaven!
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Content FAQs for more details.
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$30 / $16 (Students/Seniors)
ORDER ONLINE: OvationTix
Online Box Office
ORDER BY PHONE: (866)
811-4111 (Mon-Fri 9am-9pm and Sat-Sun 10am-6pm)
ORDER IN PERSON: CST
Box Office, 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA (Tues-Fri Noon-3:00pm
and one hour prior to every show)
MY CST (617-576-9278, Mon-Fri Noon-4pm)
Max 9 tickets per order on discount
tix (for 10 or more see Group Sales below). Discounts valid
on full-priced Adult tix only (not for Student/Senior). Discounts
are available for Wed, Thurs & Fri shows (not for Saturday).
WANT DISCOUNT TICKETS?
DON'T HAVE A "SECRET CODE"?
If you want a secret code for the latest
in BIG discounts, click
to join Deborah's Cyber-Fan Club. After you join, you'll
get a welcome email telling you about the latest secret code,
which you can use when buying your tix online or over the
phone! See How to Order Tix
for more info.
GET $5 OFF ADULT STANDARD TIX - RIGHT NOW!
Don't want to join Deborah's mailing
list for big discounts or is there no current code? Well,
don't fret - you can get $5 off your ticket RIGHT NOW by using
the code "DHC5" online or over the phone. NOTE:
This code cannot be combined with any other offer. See How
to Order Tix for more info.
You can get our biggest discount ($12.50 per ticket with NO
service charges!) by ordering tickets for 10 or more all at
once. Just call Central Square Theater (617-576-9278, Mon-Fri,
Noon-4pm), ask them about Group Sales and pay by check or
credit card (there is a 3% fee for processing credit cards,
but NO fee for checks; there are no refunds and checks must
be received within 3 business days). Seats are General Admission,
so if you all want to sit together we recommend getting to
the show early!
HOW TO ORDER
Central Square Theater does its online
and telephone ticketing through TheaterMania/OvationTix. To
buy tix directly through TheaterMania/OvationTix -
Click here to buy
tix online. BUT WAIT! Remember to have your "secret
code" handy to get your discount tix. Find out more about
GOT A DISCOUNT CODE?
Type in the "secret code" where OvationTix asks
for the "promotional code" (at the bottom of the
screen, after you choose a show date). For the Cyber-Challenged
(like us) click here to get a step-by-step
PHONE: call TheaterMania at (866)
811-4111 and mention the "secret code" for your
PLEASE NOTE: TheaterMania/OvationTix stops selling tickets
for each show 2 hours before show time. (For example, you
will not be able to buy tickets for Friday's show starting
at 6:00pm, Friday evening.) So please get your tickets in
advance! If you need tickets less than 2 hours before the
show, you may purchase them in person at the theater box office.
STEP BY STEP TICKET ORDER INSTRUCTIONS:
walk-through for the Cyber-Challenged: When
we actually tried out the ordering process, we found it was
easier said than done. We admit it, we're all cyber-challenged
sometimes. So, for those of you out there like us, here's
what you actually do to buy discount tickets:
1. Click here to buy
2. At the calendar view, choose the date you want and click
on the time you want (easy - there's only one choice per date)
3. If you have a "secret code," enter it in their
"Have a Promotional Code?" box
4. Hit apply (next to the box where you entered the code)
and above you will see a confirmation that states "Code
has been applied"
5. In the box that says "Select desired section and number
of tickets" click the "select" button and choose
how many tickets you want
6. Click "Add to cart"
7. Across from each "General Admission" ticket you
just added to the cart is a drop-down menu - choose the discount
price you made available for each ticket you added to the
8. Hit "Checkout"
9. Humph. Find out they charge a service fee for each ticket
... but then realize you don't feel so bad about that because
you got a discount anyway and the show's going to be great.
10. Let us know if it doesn't work. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
11. Or... just give up and call for tickets (866-811-4111).
They can take the secret code over the phone, too.
12. See you at the show!
It’s a little confusing, but once
you understand it, there are a lot of great deals!
ARE DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR ALL SHOWS?
Discounts cannot be used for Saturday shows. All other shows
(Wed, Thurs & Fri) are valid.
CAN I MIX SPECIALS?
You can only use one discount at a time. Discounts cannot
be combined. You can’t mix specials (i.e. You can’t
get $5 off on $15 tickets.) So just find the best special
and stick with it. Hey, just being at this show is special
in and of itself!
WILL I HAVE TO PAY SERVICE/"COURTESY"
FEES? Unfortunately, on all regular-priced
and discount tix, except Group Sales, you have to pay service/"courtesy"
fees for each ticket (but just think, with discount tix you
are still getting a great deal!). The amount of the charge
varies, depending on the ticket price. We haven’t quite
figured out the logic, but as of this writing, $30 tix incur
a $4.20 service charge, $15 tix incur a $2.35 service charge,
and so on.
HOW DO I AVOID SERVICE CHARGES?
There are a few ways. The first is buying in groups of 10
or more (see Group Sales above).
Also (and this is a top secret insider hint), if you call
the Central Square Theater Box Office directly at 617-576-9278,
you will save on some (though not all) of the service fees
that TheaterMania / OvationTix charge. OR if you buy your
tickets in person at the Central Square Theater Box Office
you'll save on all the fees!
CAN I ORDER AN UNLIMITED AMOUNT OF DISCOUNT
TIX? The maximum amount of tickets
per order is 9. However, you can always place one order and
then go right back and place another if you so desire. A better
way to order tix if you are ordering for more than 9 people
is to do Group Sales and get the
biggest discounts we offer.
HOW SOON BEFORE THE SHOW DO I HAVE TO BUY
TIX? Theatermania/OvationTix stops
selling tickets 2 hours before the show. At that point, the
Central Square Theater Box Office (450 Mass Ave) will be open
and you’ll need to get tickets directly from the Box
Office, which is open one hour prior to every show.
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SHOW CONTENT FAQs:
What is "Transformational
It’s music, it’s theater,
it’s humor. And the audience is part of the show. It’s
kind of like One-Woman Musical Theater, but the audience is
participating – they’re characters, they have
a role – and so the experience can be different each
night. That's one way the show itself transforms. But "What
the Hell...?" is also a story ABOUT transformation.
It's a unique brand
of cabaret-style theatre that combines narrative, music, theatre,
humor and audience involvement. The result is a one-woman
musical show with a cast as big as the audience and a freshness
of experience that changes each night.
Is this show suitable
We suggest an age limit of 12+, mostly
because kids younger than that might not "get it."
The language is no harsher than the title - nothing you wouldn't
find in The Bible, or Primetime TV - and there's no guns,
nudity, racism, sexism or other unpleasant "isms".
How long is the show?
It's listed as 2 hours, but is likely
to change slightly.
Will this have my favorite
The show is still being workshopped, so
whatever we say might change, BUT...there are likely 1 or
2 songs you'll know, re-imagined for this show, and the rest
are brand new.
How is this show different
than DHC's other shows?
For years Deborah has included stories
in her shows - stories that grow out of the music she plays.
"What the Hell...?" is the opposite of that. This
show is like a musical in that all these songs grow out of
Long before she ever picked up a harp, Deborah
wrote award-winning musical theatre. For those who know her
theatre work back to "The Golden Cage" and "The
Zero Club," you'll see that this show brings her work
full circle. For those who only know Deborah as a woman-with-a-harp,
this will be a new DHC experience.
What role does the audience
play? Will I have to participate? What if I don't want to?
Sometimes the audience will be singing. Sometimes they’ll
be dancing. Sometimes they’re on stage and sometimes
they’re sitting there being an audience. If you feel
more at ease firmly planted in your seat, that's a valid role
too. There's a part for everyone to play.
Why did Deborah choose
to write THIS show?
Deborah was searching for a situation where it would seem
perfectly natural for a woman to be standing on stage strapped
into a harp. The only situation where that would make sense
to most people would be in the waiting room for Heaven. So,
that was the magical "what if?" that started this
Is this a religious show
- or an anti-religious show?
"What the Hell...?" is neither religious nor anti-religious.
It's based on a secular stereotype of Heaven - but it's really
about the kinds of Hell we create for ourselves, with Heaven
as a metaphor for ultimate worldly success. It's about the
lengths to which we'll go to make ourselves worthy of that
Have a question that's
not on this list?
Email us at email@example.com
with your question. We'll try to answer it as quickly as possible
and then add it to this list as soon as we can.
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NEED TO SEE THIS SHOW!
Women’s Groups - Men's Groups - Empowerment
- This is an empowering show, written
by and starring a passionate, creative woman – in
a theater run by women!
This show deals with issues of empowerment
that are universal: questions about success, self-worth,
judgment, belief and hearing your own voice.
Choruses & Choirs
- This is a sing-along musical – not
every song, but at least half the show needs YOUR voice.
- This is a fun, engaging group activity
that doesn’t have you just sitting passively in your
seats – and lets you take part in a way you already