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Question about getting a Playbill from a current show

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When I was last in NYC, I saw American Idiot but I promptly lost my Playbill (I was exhausted and frazzled and wasn't all that upset because the show was kind of a disappointment). Anyway, I would like a Playbill because I collect them from the shows I've seen. Can I just stop by the box office and ask for one?
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why not walk by the theatre after the show and pick up one of the hundreds that careless people drop on the ground?
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Good idea! Get my Playbill and get rid of litter at the same time!
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Can I just stop by the box office and ask for one?

That's always worked for me, in case you don't find one on the ground.
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I have 31 AMERICAN IDIOT Playbills from when I saw it last night. (My parents and I each agreed to grab "a few". However, "a few" from everyone really adds up). I'd be happy to do trade or we could work something out.

And yes, picking up Playbills on the street is awesome. Last night I got Phantom, Memphis, BBAJ, and A LIFE IN THE THEATRE (signed by T.R Knight that someone had dropped)
Check out my eBay page for sales on Playbills!! www.ebay.com/usr/missvirginiahamm
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quizking- Why did you take 31 Playbills? That is totally obnoxious. No one needs to have 31 Playbills from the same performance.
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quizking- Why did you take 31 Playbills? That is totally obnoxious. No one needs to have 31 Playbills from the same performance.
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Yeah, 31 makes you look like a douche.
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I know. Like I said, its an obscene amount and I got a few, but also my Mom and Dad got a few...it added up.

Now I REALLY need to get rid of them...It's a collector's nightmare since I have no space for them.

Check out my eBay page for sales on Playbills!! www.ebay.com/usr/missvirginiahamm
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There are these places called recycling plants...
"Hi there, we represent The Broadway Better Business Players for a Better Tomorrow. We're trying to start a petition to get second rate shows taken off the marquee and with your help we can stop Mamma Mia from ever playing again." -Brad Jones in Suburban Knights

"Is it true you have Ralph Jr at the bottom of your purse in a jar of formaldehyde?" - Felicia
"No, but I wish I did so I could shove it down your throat!" - Bernadette

"This play is sh*t! This play is sh*t! F*CK YOU TERRENCE MCNALLY!!"- Patti LuPone as an angry theatre goer at 'Master Class'

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10 Playbills each is not 'a few'.
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I must be saying the wrong thing, because every time I've asked at the box office for a Playbill, they've turned me down. What do you guys say?

quizking, your story reminds me of someone I know at work who, at the end of a catered lunch buffet, took about 25 sandwich rolls -- basically all the leftover bread. Then she said later, "What am I going to do with all these rolls? I don't even like them!"
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Updated On: 9/22/10 at 06:31 PM
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More than Playbills I look for ticket stubs that people have dropped on the ground. Those working in the performing arts can deduct a certain amount of tickets to shows and movies as part of "career research and training." Since ticket stubs have the price printed on them they are acceptable as receipts for IRS purposes. A full price ticket left lying on the ground is a write-off goldmine.
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I have 31 AMERICAN IDIOT Playbills from when I saw it last night. (My parents and I each agreed to grab "a few". However, "a few" from everyone really adds up). I'd be happy to do trade or we could work something out.

And yes, picking up Playbills on the street is awesome. Last night I got Phantom, Memphis, BBAJ, and A LIFE IN THE THEATRE (signed by T.R Knight that someone had dropped)



PEOPLE DONT BE MEAN.....I WOULD TAKE A BOX OF PLAYBILLS IF I HAD A CHANCE.
Save those. They'll be worth something.
Good job on that signed pkaybl! Question about getting a Playbill from a current show
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with 31 extra playbills, why not just give brightasyellow ONE rather than look to "trade" or "work something out"?

I mean, really now.
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He's probably just a kid and doesn't know any better. (I won't say anything bad about his parents)

From an environmental standpoint, taking that many Playbills may increase the theater's demand for more Playbills (you're not the only one who takes large quantities of Playbills, but you're a big contributor), therefore wasting more paper and creating more waste. So that's a big no no. Just don't do it next time. and learn to share. Listen to your elders.