You’ve snagged a sitter, cleared your schedule, and finally made time for a night out on the town. All that’s left is the pressing question of what to do. Dinner and a show sounds splendid, but even this choice isn’t without its complications. The landscape of live theater performances is vast and varied, with everything from the comedic musical stylings of Blue Man Group to the dramatic tale of the avocado-skinned witch in “Wicked.” If you’re waffling over what to pick, understanding some theater basics could give you a better clue.
When you think of Broadway, you probably picture a large theater, sumptuous sets, and big stage names. While this picture is often accurate, it’s only the theater size and location that distinguishes this type of show. You can find some stellar picks off Broadway and even more interesting options in the off-off Broadway setting. If you’re after experimental drama, you’ll love the latter. For an experience similar to Broadway with a slightly cheaper ticket price, an off-Broadway experience may be the perfect compromise.
It’s not often you can escape the grind, so make your night count. Don’t limit your entertainment options to Broadway unless you have a specific show on your bucket list. If you’re flexible with your agenda, branch out and consider some smaller theaters as well. These settings can give you a more intimate experience as well as a chance to catch up-and-coming stars on the rise. Learn more about the differences among your Broadway options, and make the most of your evening out, with the following infographic.