Political drama “Murph” – half off

Premiering at Boston Playwrights Theatre, Murph takes place in Boston just as the Clinton administration is about to take office. Told from an inside view of Beacon Hill politics, representative Kevin Murphy and his advisers are poised for success, when a savvy and powerful strategist gets in the way. This fast-paced drama about ambition, personal demons and prejudice was written by Dorchester’s own Catherine M. O’Neill and directed by Brett Marks.

WHERE: Boston Playwrights Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston

WHEN: through April 28, 2012

DEAL: Sign up here for $7.50 tickets (normally $15)

Amazon deals on games, videos, e-books

Here are the latest deals on everybody’s favorite online shopping portal:

• Download video game pre-orders on Amazon for up to 30% Off.

• Daily deals in Amazon’s camera/photo department include a Panasonic Lumix for $130.

• Register an Amazon Instant Video-friendly device and get a free video credit.

Shop Kindle Books Monthly Deal

Listen to a bestseller for $7.49 at audible.com!

Deals in Boston this week

Best deals we could find this week for over-worked clean freaks, foodies and cheap dates:

Pay $53 for a two-hour house cleaning from DustBusters (47% off). Get the deal here.

Trade in your old bra and pay $29 for three Freedom Bras in black, nude + white ($99 value). Get the deal here.

Take someone to lunch with a 60% off restaurant gift certificate $25 value for $10.

Deals for first week of January

Best deals we could find this week for over-worked clean freaks, would-be musicians, crafters, and cheap dates:

Get half off a professional house cleaning from Ferreira Cleaning Service. Pay $65 (value:$130) through Jan 5, 2012. Get the deal here.

Save 60% on lingerie from Lady-Mate. Pay $20 (value: $50) through Jan 7, 2012. Get the deal here.

Pay $5 for one month of unlimited guitar lessons from JamPlay.com, through Jan. 5, 2012. Get the deal here.

Get $40 worth of beads from AH Beads for $19 through Jan. 4, 2012. Get the deal here.

Half-off ice cream: a $10 Ben & Jerry’s Gift Card for $5

Half-off pizza: $17.50 for a $25 gift card to Pizzeria Uno

Dinner and a movie deal: for $24, get 2 Fandango movie tickets and a $10 Subway Gift Card


Winter weekend deals at Colonnade Hotel

Frosty Fridays returns to Colonnade Hotel, a boutique hotel in Back Bay/Copley Square, with a two-night weekend package adjusted by temperature – the colder, the cheaper. First-night rate is set according to the temperature at 5:00 p.m. on Friday as measured by the National Weather Service. If it’s 20°, for example, guests pay $20 for their Friday night stay and a special rate of $295 for Saturday night.

DEAL: Frosty Fridays includes a double-occupancy luxe room, choice of two tickets to either the Old Town Trolley Tour or admission and skating rentals at The Boston Common Frog Pond Skating Rink; hot chocolate for two at Brasserie JO, and overnight parking. For reservations call (800) 962-3030.

WHEN:  Now through March 31, 2012

WHERE: The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA



Kids eat free at IKEA

Most of us are shopped out, but post-holiday is a great time to find deals and there are always deals at IKEA.What’s more, IKEA is offering free meals for the kids this week, one combo meal ($2.49) for a child 12 or under.

WHEN: Monday, December 26,2011 through Sunday, January 1, 2012.

WHERE: IKEA Stoughton, 1 IKEA Way, Stoughton, MA


Deals on last-minute gifts


Free ZENONIA 4 action game. ZENONIA 4: Return of the Legend, a newly-released “extreme action” game, is being offered at the iTunes app store FREE. Here’s the deal.

Free Adventures of Sherlock audiobook if you sign up for a trial membership with Audible. (You can cancel later.) Here’s the deal.

Free Amazon Kindle Fire. Dealmac is giving away one a day from now until Dec. 1, 2011. Sign up here to win one.



Gloves for smartphones $5. Meritline is offering winter gloves you don’t have to remove to use your iPhone and other touchscreens. Free shipping (if you don’t mind getting them after the holidays). Here’s the deal.

Android 2.3 tablet for $149 (normally $339), expedited shipping included. Here’s the deal.

Chubby8 for $150 in black or red (normally $200). Here’s the deal.

AMC Theatre movie bundle – 37% off. One ticket package for $24 (worth $38) buys two movie passes, two drinks and some popcorn. Get them here.

Goldstar gift certificates – 20% off. Perfect gift for the couple that never gets out (or for a spouse who never takes you out). These are good from Dec. 25 2011 on. Choose from $25 (for $20), $50 (for $40), or $100 (for $80) gift certificates. Get them here.

Entertainment Books – 30% off.  Coupon books for 2012 are being offered for $10 off ($35 retail value for $25) with free shipping. They throw in a second coupon book for someone else on your list for another $15. Note: Free shipping means standard 10-14 days, so you’ll probably get this after Christmas.  Here’s the deal.

Free seats on MegaBus

MegaBus is giving away 20,000 free seats for travel in January and February. Here’s the deets:

WHERE: MegaBus travels from Boston to New York City, Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Burlington, Hartford, New Haven, Portland, and Secaucus

WHEN: Valid for travel between January 4 and March 1, 2012

DEAL: When you book your seats on MegaBus, use the promo code GOFREE

$25 restaurant certificates for $2

Last day to get in on the $25 certificates for $2. Choose from many restaurants in the greater Boston area. Sign up here.

Tubing, boxing & dance lessons

Living Social is offering discounts on fun stuff to do with family in the Boston area during holiday break, including a month of boxing lessons for $89, kids’ dance programs, snow tubing at Nashoba Valley, and family photo shoots. Find ’em here.