The 7 Worst Excuses Not to See Theater in LA
We know life is hard. It’s not always easy to stop and smell the roses, especially if those roses are actually a play. But it’s time to say no more to excuses. Here are just a few that simply won’t cut it anymore, ranked in order of how unacceptable they are.
Okay, anyone from LA will admit that this is somewhat of a valid grievance, especially when driving far distances, during rush hour, and/or arriving at theatres with pricy or limited parking. But let’s be honest, you live in LA. You do this for bars, restaurants, your office, concerts, your friends’ houses, doctor’s appointments… the list goes on. It’s a part of daily life. While we can empathize, going to the theatre is your chance to unwind, shut out the traffic-y world around you, and transport yourself into a new one where your parking woes don’t exist.
6) My work schedule.
*Yawn.* Can you take 2.5 hours off from answering your bosses emails and/or pursuing your dreams? If the answer really is no, then we’re sorry and hope all the hard work pays off one day. If the answer is yes, then carving out that time to see a show once in a while is sure to be a fulfilling way to spend your valuable leisure time. Especially if you’re in a creative field, the fresh stories you’ll hear at the theatre could be a great source of inspiration.
5) I don’t know what to see.
There’s so much to do in LA, it’s understandably hard to plan your life. Sometimes you just want to be told what to do, or at least not have 12 million different options. This certainly applies to LA’s theater scene, with hundreds of shows produced each season and a ton of diverse offerings all over town. Well, there are plenty of ways to help narrow it down: do you have a preference for neighborhood, theater size, showtime, genre, price? If you want a critical opinion, you can also read reviews on sites like LA Times, StageSceneLA, Stage Raw, and BroadwayWorld. And if you just feel like browsing to see what’s out there, TodayTix is happy to help.
4) It’s too expensive.
If someone says this about theater in LA, it should be that moment in a movie where the record scratches, the music stops, and everyone at the party is like “errr— what?” Did you know that the maximum ticket price at a 99-seat theater in LA (of which there are several dozen) is $35, and that even so, many opt to charge less and offer a variety of discounts? Pretty much all of LA’s largest theaters like Center Theatre Group, Geffen Playhouse, and LA Opera have access programs that price your ticket at less than a 3D movie with a diet coke and popcorn. If you want to see theater in LA, it can definitely work with your budget.
3) I love theater and I’ll definitely see Broadway shows when I visit New York, but I just don’t go in LA.
That’s like moving to Los Angeles and saying, “I love the beach, but I’ll only go in Hawaii.” You know how great you feel when you go to your neighborhood farmers’ market and proudly tell your friends, “I buy local”? Well, anyone who loves theater should do the same; see shows at your local theaters and support homegrown artists. Plus, several shows premiere in LA before going to Broadway, so you never know when you might see the next big thing.
2) I just don’t like theater.
That’s a bummer. That’s also a pretty broad statement to make. That’s like tasting anchovies and declaring “I don’t like eating,” or watching Gigli and saying, “I don’t like movies.” Someone who didn’t enjoy, say, Blue Man Group, might love A Streetcar Named Desire, and even if you hated Annie Get Your Gun you might really like American Idiot. While it’s great to learn about your taste, and of course it’s no fun to see a show you don’t like, you’re missing out on a big chunk of arts and culture if you close your mind to the art form.
1) I love theatre, I haven’t been in a while, but I’m totally going to go, like, this weekend. *Doesn’t go.*
Don’t be a flake! Think of the poor seats that will sit empty while you wait in line to pay non-Happy Hour prices at the bar. If a life-changing show at a nearby theatre goes on and you’re not there to see it, does it even make a sound? The answer is still yes… you’d just be missing it. It’s great that you saw Wicked on an 8th grade field trip, but there’s so much more out there, and you’re going to love it.
So there you have it. Next time you get one of these excuses from a friend or hear the little voice inside your head start to murmur “but traffic…”, just re-read this article, close your eyes, count to ten, and get psyched to go to the theatre.