When a show is sold out at Near West Theatre, you can’t get on a waiting list in advance, but you can in person before the performance. Our ticket table at 3606 Bridge Ave., Cleveland, opens at 6:30 p.m. for Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows (curtain is at 7:30), and at 2 p.m. for Sunday shows (curtain is at 3). Go to the table, ask to be on the waiting list and stand by. Your name will be called if tickets become available for you to purchase.
There’s no guarantee, of course, that any tickets will be available. The only way we can release tickets that people have purchased in advance is if they generously tell us they are not coming and authorize us to resell their tickets. If they don’t tell us, we assume they are coming and we continue to hold space for them, even if they are very late or don’t show up at all.
Stand-by patrons do sometimes get in, so how early you get there, how long you can bear to wait, how badly you want to see the show and how disappointed you’ll be if you don’t — all of that is up to you!