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Amazing Piano Bar (and Optional Play - Good People) at Arena Stage

We're going late-night for a couple events. I think the Arena Stage Piano Bar has become one of the most fun atmospheres in the city. It is worth a late night. It won't start until around 9:30 p.m. but it's free and this one features Will Gartshore, one of the city's leading musical performers (and I'm told by women, not hard on the eyes). Performers alternate coming to the stage and then just tell the piano guy what they want to sing. Each time, I have seen memorable performances. You're also sitting in this gorgeous lobby overlooking the river with a classy bar right behind you.

An earlier option for the evening will be to see the play Good People. This played on Broadway recently with Frances McDormand and received wonderful reviews (including from my Mom). The playwright is Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay Abaire. Set in South Boston, Good People not only takes the audience into a proud, working-class neighborhood, it took the playwright back to his boyhood stomping grounds. Tickets are $40 on their site, expensive though actually reasonable for an Arena show. They also have Hot Tix where some tickets go on sale for half price a half hour before the show. I can update the site as we get closer to see if any might be available. I will be ushering that night - ushering is also a great way to see local plays for free that I can educate the group about in the future.

If we have a group whooping and hollering for the Piano Bar, I think we will have a blast! It's also open to anyone who thinks they can really sing! If you've never been to Arena, this is a good opportunity. We'll make sure no one walks alone anywhere when it ends.

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  • Kimberly

    Sorry guys work calls...I don't think I will be up for it.

    February 20, 2013

  • Alison

    just doing the piano bar. I'm going to Watching for the Sugar Man at National Archives first. Get free ticket at 6, enter 630, film at 7. I'll be standing in line in a brown down coat - probably with the furry hood up outside - brr! - if anyone wants to join me.

    February 20, 2013

  • Pablo

    i'm still thinking if i will attend the play before piano bar. or just piano bar early hehehe!

    February 20, 2013

  • Deborah E. G.

    Sorry, a conflict came up and I can't make it.

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Start new job tomorrow. Will have to attend another time.

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm definitely down for the Piano bar. Anyone else just doing the music bit?

    February 19, 2013

  • Ronn

    Okay, good news. There is a "good chance" that they will sell half-priced tickets to Good People tomorrow night. These would go on sale at 7 p.m. at the box office though people may line up a bit before. I cannot guarantee anything, but this could be a great deal. Their number is[masked]-3300. The play starts at 7:30.

    February 19, 2013

  • Subira

    What time is the play?

    February 19, 2013

  • Melody

    Question: Is everyone who has RSVP'd planning to attend the play or are some planning to visit the Piano Bar (or both)?

    February 19, 2013

  • scott m.

    See you there

    February 18, 2013

  • Kat

    Sounds excellent. Just bought ticket to Good People. Thanks Ronn for putting this together!

    February 16, 2013

  • Ronn

    The play has received really great reviews, the best in town now. There are still a bunch of $40 seats available - I (or if anyone else wants to give them a call) will try to check if any of these would go on Hot Tix (half price) the night of the show. That would be amazing and would really make for an incredible night.

    1 · February 15, 2013

  • Charlene

    Saw the play last week. You'll like it.

    February 7, 2013

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