Going to the theater and seeing a play performed live is a very special and unique experience. Live theatrical performances take a lot of work and dedication on the part of the actors, actresses and theater owners—plus an incredible amount of effort form the behind-the-scenes writers, directors, props and lighting professionals. The result of all this work is usually an interesting look into how people acted out storylines in the days before movies were invented.
The most famous plays are those that are performed on Broadway yet there are also many smaller theaters that produce new and innovative works from up and coming playwrights. These theaters are mostly local and found in small towns (Long island has several semi-famous ones) and are far cheaper than a ticket to Broadway. These theaters often have talented but little-known (and up-and-coming) actors and actresses playing out the parts and some even get written up in large papers like Newsday and the New York Times.
One of the most interesting things about live theater is that it tends to be slightly more innovative and avant guarde than the majority of major-motion-pictures. Hence, things can be done in plays (plot-wise) that are not readily seen in other artistic mediums, including films. Such new and unique plays can be intended for adults or children (or both) and do much to amuse the audience with imaginative ideas.
If anyone has a child who is interested in becoming a director, actor or screen writer than it is certainly worth taking a trip to see a local play at a smaller playhouse. This is also an excellent way to support the arts in one’s own community and perhaps be among the first audience to see the next big hit in larger theatrical circles!