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New Village Arts Theatre
Ranked #23 of 65 things to do in Carlsbad
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Carlsbad, California
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2014

This is a small, intimate theater where you get up close and complete views of the actors. The acoustics are very good and if you're so inclined, you can bring a beverage, alcoholic or non, to enjoy while you watch the plays. I'm a season ticket holder and have not seen a play I did not really enjoy!

Visited February 2014
4 Thank 808BarbE
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Carlsbad, California
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178 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Love our local theatre, great entertainment at a great price”
Reviewed 14 November 2013

We have been to about four plays so far at NVA and they have all been well done and we look forward to going back. The whole vibe of the place is wonderful, with coffee, wine, and beer selections inside and usually a dessert food truck out front. The other great thing about NVA is the connected artist's studio where you can walk through and see local artists at work (if they are in their stalls) or at least gaze upon their work as you sip your aforementioned beverage.

I highly encourage all San Diego county residents, especially if your in north county, to check out a play or special event at NVA. You will be entertained, you will feel welcome and feel a part of a community, and be happy you went.

Visited June 2013
3 Thank MyCuppaJo
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San Diego, California
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Broadway Quality in Carlsbad”
Reviewed 13 October 2013

The productions put on at this intimate theater are top notch. Every single performer can hold their own to any Broadway actor/actress. The acting is incredible. The staging, scenery, costuming, lighting, etc. is amazing as well. There is not a bad seat in the house. The cost is reasonable and free parking is available across the street by the Coaster train station. Carlsbad is fortunate to have such a professional theater company in residence.

New Village Arts puts on educational programs as well. They also sometimes have play readings, concerts, etc. Additionally, attached to NVA is an art studio where you can browse and see what various local artists are creating.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Vinturi
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Level 6 Contributor
151 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Excellent Performance - Highly Recommend This”
Reviewed 28 September 2013 via mobile

This play was the perfect ending to our week in Carlsbad. We saw their first night preview of Wait Until Dark. This is a very small theater with all great seats. The cast was amazing! I'd never seen the play, but was very familiar with the movie starring Audry Hepburn. Knowing the basic plot did not prevent me from being scared several times. Very believable; it made me look behind us carefully as we walked to our cars. Park for free in The Coaster parking lot, which is well lit and close by. Get there a little early (show was at 8pm) and enjoy the adjacent artists' gallery. The upcoming season looks so good I wish we could get season tickets. If we are in the area on vacation again we will definitely look for another New Village Arts Theatre production.

Visited September 2013
Thank JoAnn70820
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Carlsbad, California
Level 6 Contributor
615 reviews
126 attraction reviews
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“Great Show at NVA”
Reviewed 23 August 2013

We saw Suds, The Musical on a Thursday night and it was great. The four-person cast is high-energy, entertaining and presents a fast-moving show with enough songs and music to satisfy anyone.

Visited August 2013
Thank Gordon C
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