Once upon a time I went to school in DC for drama and even acted here for a while, but after falling out of it I failed to really keep up with the local theater scene. It’s a shame, because DC theater is thriving, with choices ranging from top-notch repertory houses to cutting-edge fringes. I’ve been meaning to start seeing more theater for a while now, but the successful marriage of hectic scheduling and procrastination have managed to keep my resolution unfulfilled.
When I was a teenager I used to take the train into NYC with my friends, stand in line at the half-price ticket booth, pick a play from what was available, and that was it. No advance planning, beyond a very rough idea of what was on and what Frank Rich hated. So while thinking of a way to jump-start my resolution, I remembered that DC has a half-price ticket place as well, and am now determined to use it to end my theater-going slump.
TICKETplace, newly moved to 407 Seventh Street in Penn Quarter, sells discounted tickets every day for that evening’s performance. You can purchase them online (starting at 12pm) or in person (starting at 11am), and you can also sign up for a daily email listing the current offerings.
So tonight I’m off with a friend to see a play that we’ll just randomly pick from what’s available. Hopefully this will inspire me enough to continue with theater-going. We’ll see how it goes…