Center Rep

Average Ticket Price: $25-$30
Two East Bay theaters, beyond Berkeley and Oakland, deserve mention. Walnut Creek's Center Rep hires very good actors and directors (two Bay Area Critics Circle award winners are directing and acting in the Center Rep's current production of Pygmalion). Walnut Creek has grown up into a great place to party before and after a show, with lovely restaurants, chic shops, and the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts (the East Bay's answer to the Lincoln Center). Add to this the climactic fact that Walnut Creek has warm, beautiful evenings and suddenly the drive is even more worthwhile.