Originally called the Westwood Playhouse, the Geffen was later renamed for its benefactor, movie bigwig David Geffen. Appropriately, Geffen Playhouse productions often star Hollywood actors, which may account for its ticket prices being higher than most local theaters. The discount options aren’t overwhelming, but the Geffen does have an Industry Insider program that notifies people by email when discounted tickets (as low as $10) become available. Sign up for free here.
The Geffen Playhouse’s Signature Series helps make the theater experience a more social affair. Jazz and complimentary wine tastings are on the menu on Wine Down Sundays, while vodka, beer, and appetizers are on hand during the post-show party at selected Girls Night Out shows. On Talk Back Tuesdays, coffee and tea are offered before the show and a stimulating Q&A is held afterwards. Lounge Fridays bring a laid-back club experience right to the Geffen, providing theatergoers with music, eats, and cocktails before the performance. The Geffen also has a family series called Saturday Scene that presents music programs and children’s shows at 11 a.m. on Saturday mornings.
Geffen Playhouse Information
- Public Transportation: Very Good (a short walk from Metro buses 2, 302, 305, 761, and Big Blue Buses 1, 2, 3, 8, 11, and 12 at Le Conte Avenue/Westwood Plaza)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Performance schedule is Tuesday–Sunday
- Ticket Prices: Single tickets are $40–$115. Occasional discounts for students, seniors, and educators
- Subscriptions: Subscriptions are $170–$425. Subscribers save an average of $80. Benefits include free ticket exchange (with 24-hours notice). Non-subscribers are not eligible for ticket transfers.