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“Rent” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Altarena Playhouse

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Altarena Playhouse
1409 High Street, Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 523-1553
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Alameda, California
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Rent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

A friend invited me to join her to see Rent. Altarena Playhouse is small and intimate. You feel like you are a part of the play. You are no more than 4 rows from the stage. It is in the round so you can see the reactions of others in the audience. It makes it even more enjoyable, because you are sharing the experience with others.
The cast was great. They enjoyed the music and the story. They made the play their own, acting from their hearts.

Visited August 2013
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Alameda, California
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“Great Venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Its a small theater but charming and very reasonably priced. All the plays are well done many with live music. I've been a season ticket holder many years and can't wait for the next play. Cookies and coffee at intermission for donation can't be beat.

Visited June 2013
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Oakland, California, United States
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Theater in your backyard”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Fun local spot to see some live theater, walking distance from most of Alameda. Some off beat entertainment and some classic standbys.

Visited October 2012
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Alameda, California
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“OK night out”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

This small local theater will be celebrating its 75th anniversary next year and produces several shows a year, some of which are quite good, others not so good. My review is mostly about the theater itself. This is theater in the round, the stage is not elevated. Seating is in tiered rows so most can see the performers very well but I will say that the new seats that were installed recently are very uncomfortable and the rows are VERY close together. Those who sit in the first row have to mind their feet when the actors move about the open stage area. We went to see "The Fantasticks" (one of the not so good productions) recently with several other couples and if one friend (who is 6'1") had not been able to sit in an aisle seat he would have had to stand up the whole time. The shortest of our group is 5'5" and even her knees were smack up against the back of the seat in front of her.
Coffee and cookies/brownies are available for a small donation during intermission and wine is available for about $5. Tickets prices are reasonable.

Visited November 2012
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