1. Don’t Get Lost
Tickets (limited to two per person) are distributed free of charge the day of the show at either the Delacorte Theater in Central Park—the closest entrances are at 81st Street and Central Park West, or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue—or at the Public Theater, at 425 Lafayette Street.
2. Beat the Crowd
It’s easiest to get tickets during the first week of performances (in this case, June 13 through 20). After the reviews come out, the lines generally double in length.
3. (Really) Beat the Crowd
Though the box office doesn’t open until 1, early birds start lining up at about 6 a.m. (or even earlier). That’s a little too early for our taste, but definitely make sure to be in line by 8:30 a.m.
4. Or Just Pay Up
It may not be in the spirit of the event, but you can pay $150 a pop for reserved tickets, through the Public’s summer sponsorship program (212-539-8650).