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.