Instead of a Broadway show consider going to an off off-Broadway show, or three (or four); better value, same calibre of acting while supporting emerging playwrights. All Broadway actors have taken this route and the best place to watch them is at Ensemble Studio Theatre, in business since the early 70s. In fact, almost nothing has changed since that time — physically, it is a time capsule worth visiting for that reason alone. It’s very funky. I know this because I was one of its founding members and even designed the lights for 5 shows just a few years ago.
It’s way out in Hell’s Kitchen on west 52nd Street just off 11th Avenue. It’s a schlepp from the subways that run on Eighth Avenue, but the walk will take you through part of Hell’s Kitchen, now totally gentrified — but only recently — so you’ll get a whiff of old school. In the ’70s things were rough, but I rarely sensed danger.
Now there are oodles of high brow restaurants yet one remains from the old days where you can still get an egg salad sandwich and a can of beer in a paper bag, find a stoop, sit and eat — Sonny’s Grocery, on 10th Avenue, just south of 52nd Street, east side. I go in there to pay my respects to old New York. You should too.
At EST, so much goes on you must check the website to find out the current offerings.