Dinner and a show. There's a reason this phrase gets bandied about so much in the summer! It's such a good season for theatre! Now, we've got four great recommendations to help stage your summer.

Break a leg!
Park Playhouse

Park Playhouse, Washington Park, Albany 

As we get to Summer, it's time to put Washington Park back on your radar! Starting in July, the park will be a mecca for theatre-goers as the park's Lakehouse is transformed into Park Playhouse, a community theater company that offers free productions throughout the summer. 

This year's shows will start with Ragtime, June 29-July 29, a musical based on E.L. Doctorow's award-winning novel. Their second production, will be performed from August 4-19, The Music Man, is a delightful romp, featuring a con man music teacher who makes good. Then, beginning, August 22, the Park Playhouse Kids, will present a youth production of The Lion King, Jr. at Cohoes Music Hall. 

The best part is that lawn tickets are free! They also offer premium seating at $16 a ticket for side section seats and $18 for center section seats closer to the stage, and $24 for table seating. 

Grab some food ahead of time at McGuire's Restaurant or El Marriachi, and you'll be just a few minutes away to make sure you can snag those prime lawn seats before they're gone!

Check out other restaurant options here to make sure you're not the guest with the loud tummy
during the show.

Mamma Mia! Photo by Richard Lovrich 

Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany

Put on your platforms and kick up your feet, Mamma Mia! is coming to theREP. This musical, which tells the story of a young bride, and her search for her father, is filled with ABBA's greatest hits. TheREP allows you to experience Mamma Mia! as you never have before - up close and personal in their intimate setting! You'll be the Dancing Queen, as you sing along with this irresistible and enchanting tale. Show runs July 7-August 13.

Tickets range in price from $25 - $60. After that, you can catch Sex With Strangers, which takes on love and one-night stands, in the age of blogs and Twitter. That show begins September 22 - October 15. 

Grab some food ahead of time at ama cocinaHollow Bar + Kitchen, or Yono's, all located within a block of the theatre.

Proctors 

Coming this fall... 

And be sure to check out the amazing seasons, just around the corner at Albany Civic Theater and Proctors. Proctors will be staging The Color Purple, Fun Home, Les Mis, The Bodyguard, The Humans, Finding Neverland, and more!