Best Stage Deal

Playhouse Square's Smart Seats

For years, Cleveland has been rumored to have the best stage scene west of New York; we would have confirmed this rumor, but we could never afford it -- until last year, that is, when Playhouse Square started its Smart Seats program, allowing patrons to pay only $10 to see a variety of productions at the downtown theater. Yes, the seats are in the upper balcony, but even in the nosebleeds, the quality of the selections -- which this fall ranged from Irish folk singer Damien Rice to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels -- is unquestionable. With 66 percent off the regular price of tickets, you can finally afford to be cultured.