Claire Tow Theater is the Latest Makeover for the Lincoln Center in NYC

Claire Tow Theater atop Lincoln Center NYC's Vivian Beaumont Theater

In its several-years-long makeover of its iconic home, Lincoln Center in NYC continues to nail it with Clair Tow Theater.  So far this multi-faceted, many-leveled redesign has included Diller Scofidio + Renfro's beautiful re-do of Alice Tully Hall, with its bustling public space, both outside and in; the fabulous Illumination Lawn/Lincoln Restaurant/Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center building on West 65th Street, and the concurrent opening of that end of the main campus to the street; the cool new choreographed fountain by WET, the David Rubenstein Atrium, which housed Christian Marclay's great The Clock this summer, the illuminated signage on the stairs both to the north and east… it's all been a huge hit, both aesthetically and in furthering the cultural center's stated purpose of making the camps more accessible, and welcoming, both to its Upper West neighbors (that includes you, Grand Tier and Regent residents), and New York City as a whole. 

Inside the Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center NYC

Claire Tow Theater gets a Black Box Theater Touch from Hugh Hardy

The lovely little Claire Tow Theater, which sits gleaming (at night, anyway) atop the Vivian Beaumont Theater, is the latest renovation for the Lincoln Center in NYC. It was designed by architect Hugh Hardy, who, it seems, has been advocating for a "black box" theater (which basically just means an low-cost experimental theater, without a lot of adornments so as to be flexible for whatever production comes its way) at Lincoln Center since the Lindsey administration. The Claire Tow Theater seats only 112 people (the Beaumont below can pack in over a thousand), it looks fantastic, especially at night, lit up above the granite slab wherein resides the tacks the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and its exceedingly pleasant outdoor terrace offers beautiful views of Lincoln Center. 

Outside of Lincoln Center NYC's Claire Tow Theater

Fixed Pricing at Clair Tow Theater Makes Shows Affordable

The best part of Lincoln Center NYC's Claire Tow Theater: tickets for all seats, for all shows, are only $20! And these are not folding chairs, either–this IS Lincoln Center, after all–but rather red upholstered seats that will help you get through any possible "misses" in the future. Not that we expect that to happen! In fact, we're bummed we missed the Claire Tow's inaugural play, Greg Pierce's Slow Girl, which we heard was great (or, at least, great for $20 in a pretty new theater), but two recent shows sounded intriguing as well: Jean Lee's Obie-winning WE'RE GONNA DIE, performed by her band Future Wife onstage, pictured below (four nights only! September 12 – 15!); and then, to close out the year, Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced, about a Pakistani-American lawyer seeking to distance himself from his roots. The plan for Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater is to stage four productions a year. And at $20 a seat, you can probably check out all four.

Jean Lee and her band Future Wife performed at Claire Tow Theater

The Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center details 

The Claire Tow Theater is located in the northwestern corner of the Lincoln Center campus, right off of 65th Street, perched atop the roof of the Vivian Beaumont Theater. For more information and a look at the upcoming schedule of performances, please see the Lincoln Center Theater website, here.    

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