Cheap(er) Theater in NYC

By: Samantha Baugh

Campus Sherpa Blog Contributor, New York University

If you are like me, you love going to see shows. Now, Broadway is probably your first thought but it can often be very difficult to find affordable seats to go see a show. If you are on a tighter budget, there are plenty of other exciting and affordable opportunities to see innovative and professional theatre.

Location wise, East Village is a great place to look. The Kraine Theatre hosts play festivals throughout the year. They also have regular companies use their space. For example, New York Neo-Futurists hold a weekly show that is only ten dollars. The New York Theatre Wing is more expensive but they turn out a lot of incredible shows that sometimes even make the jump to Broadway. You have the chance to see some future Tony Award winning shows/actors/writers before they make their jump.

The key is to keep an eye out for pop up productions around the cities. Often enough, a show will rent out spaces, sometimes even homes, to perform their work. I once went to an immersive production where I walked around the home as a play was going on.

Comedy shows also tend to be cheaper than anything else. They can be find on practically every bustling street of the city. A quick Google search will have you on your way to a venue. Upright Citizens Brigade is a reliably funny and affordable place. Most shows are ten dollars, sometimes even less.

Since I came to college I discovered a lot of theatre I was not even aware of what was going on. Now I am a Broadway nerd until I die, however I have many unforgettable experiences going to smaller experimental shows. Your mind and wallet will thank you.

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