Touted as part of the South Florida Theatre Festival Oct. 12-26, the national Free Night of Theater is a terrific idea: Give folks who may have never tried your theater (or, just maybe, have never tried any theater) free tickets, hoping they'll like what they experience and want to come back.
Sponsored by the Theatre Communications Group, this year's fifth edition of the Free Night of Theater actually runs Oct. 15-Oct. 31. It's up to the more than 700 theaters around the country to decide which nights -- and for how many nights -- they want to offer free tickets.
The event's web site is up and running, and as of Tuesday, he South Florida page is growing -- overnight, listings for Florida Stage and the Women's Theatre Project were added, and Actors' Playhouse should be on there later today. Maybe more to come.
What's definite so far is that you can get tickets to Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House at Palm Beach Dramaworks at 7 p.m. Oct. 25; tickets to the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre production of Pippin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and Oct. 23, 2 p.m. Oct. 18 and Oct. 24; tickets to Neil LaBute's Reasons To Be Pretty at GableStage at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 and Oct. 29; tickets to Florida Stage's Two Jews Walk Into a War at 8 p.m. Oct. 20; and tickets to the Women's Theatre Project's Naked Women Fully Clothed at 8 p.m. Oct. 22 and Oct. 24, and 2 p.m. Oct. 25. Actors' Playhouse plans to offer tickets to The Marvelous Wonderettes Oct. 15-18.
Know this, though: Demand is sure to be steep, and though some theaters are giving away lots of free tickets (100 at Florida Stage, for instance), others are not (16 total at Actors' Playhouse). You can start trying to get them at 4 p.m. Oct. 1 on the Free Night of Theater web site.