02.21.11 at 11:00 a.m.
Michael Coppens
Before the Curtain Rises: Let the Day Go

I attend a lot of events in the Theater District. And while the actual performance has the most effect on whether I enjoy my night out, I have discovered a few tricks that ensure every night in the Theater District is memorable and enjoyable.

Unless you're attending a matinee, you're coming to the Theater District after a full day. You're rarely, if ever, going to be running at 100%. If you've had a great day, the performance will be the icing on the cake. However, if you've been having a bad day, it's going to have more of an affect on your ability to enjoy the performance than you realize. 

You have to let the day go before you are ready to open your mind to a performance. The best way to do that is to arrive early for the performance. Ideally, you want to arrive at the venue a full thirty minutes before the performance is set to begin. This will give you plenty of time to arrange any drink and/or food orders for intermission, find your seats and take some time to read up on the performance in the Playbill or program.

Yes, I am telling you to read the program. I have found reading the program to be incredibly valuable time spent before a performance. In any case, if you have tickets to a performance, make sure you take the time to decompress before the curtain rises. Not only will you be more likely to enjoy the performance.

Personally, I like to head Downtown a full hour and a half before a performance. I'll let you know the best places depending on each Theater District venue in my next post. . .

downtown, houston, performance, playbill, theater district
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