Since 1977, Tucson’s Gaslight Theatre has been entertaining the families of our community and their out of town guests. It all started in an old Red Barn at Trail Dust Town on Tanque Verde Road, where each table had an unlimited basket of popcorn. We rarely missed a performance. In 1980. Gaslight took a leap of faith and built a larger theatre at what would be called Gaslight Square. Tickets were easier to get, with the expansion from 100 to 223 seats. It took us a while to get use to the new, more modern space. In 1990 they made their latest move to Broadway and Kolb, maintaining their Eastside roots. Along with a new theatre, came Little Anthony’s Diner, a print shop and costume shop open to the public.
For many years we stopped going to the shows and began to wonder why. They were always so much fun. Last October we went for the first time in forever and made a vow to start going to all the shows again. We started back this week with The Belle of Tombstone.
What is fun about the Gaslight is you can boo, hiss, laugh and be part of the play. It’s all about fun and lots of laughter. There are times it’s difficult for the actors to get their lines out with a straight face. Little Anthony’s Diner can feed you before, during or after the show. Stay in your seats when the curtain goes down on the last act, the best is yet to come. The Olio acts, always themed to match the play.
One word of caution, get your tickets as soon as they go on sale, it’s sometimes a challenge to get a seat. It’s also a wonderful venue for our local charities to have fundraisers too. Have you been to the Gaslight Theatre? Love to hear your experiences.