My husband Mark and I live in Sacramento, the Capitol of California, and thought by many to still be a bit of a cow town.
When we moved here back in 2003, it kind of was. But we were part of an influx of residents from the liberal, cultured San Francisco Bay Area. The wave of immigration brought a hunger for great cuisine and good local theatre.
We started exploring, and over the years we've come to realize that Sacramento is a hotbed of not just good but great local playhouses. Two in particular stand out.
It was an amazing show, as much for the great acting as for the crackling script.
As a writer, you can learn a lot from the way playwrights tell their stories. I'll bet you have some local playhouses close to where you live. I won't lie - these places, even the best ones - can be hit and miss. We've walked out of a few plays that were either just awful or that had nothing to say to us. But For every one of those, there are two or three good ones, and every now ad then, one transcendent play that will change you in ways you may not initially comprehend.
And there's just something about being in a live theatre that can be electrifying.
Give them a try. You won't be disappointed. At least, not too often.