Nearby New York City may be more well-known for theater, but Boston has its own thriving Theater District, too.This is where you can see not only Broadway shows but also smaller productions. There's a great deal of variety in what you can see, including musicals, avant-garde productions, opera and comedy. Some are Broadway hits, while others may be well on their way to Broadway fame.
The historic neighborhood wasn't always focused on the theater—in fact, plays in Puritanical Boston were illegal. The law changed in 1792, and Boston's first playhouse opened the following year.
Two streets known for their historic theaters are Boylston Street and Tremont Street. Many of the older theaters built in the early 20th century have been renovated, and if you're seeing a play in one of them it's worth getting there early to check out the historic décor. Some venues are also open on non-performance days for guided tours.