Sunday, May 15, 2011

The All New Theatre Calendar

A couple of years ago, a tourist asked what would be playing while they were in town - four months from now.  That's when we created our first comprehensive theatre listing.  It was a great way to see what was opening every month, but it was difficult to assemble and keep updated.

And as time passed, there was the issue of what to do with the older listings - do we delete as we go, or preserve the article for reference?  Updating was difficult, and it was easy to place a show's opening under the wrong date.

After consideration and a bit of work, the Theatre Scene has created a Google calendar with all the plays we know about.  It's accessible via the new Calendar button at the top of the page.

As we discover new plays, we'll add them.  If you're a producer, feel free to send in your dates, and we'll add them, and if you see we have the dates wrong, we can easily update them.

The calendar has some cool features;
  1. map links.  With a click you can see exactly where the theater is located.
  2. direct links to the theater's website, so you can buy tickets or learn more about the show.
  3. Different views - you can choose to see what's playing today, this week, or this month.  You can also select an Agenda view, which appears as a simply list.
  4.  It's interactive!  You can save events to your own Google calendar, and then invite friends to the event. You can subscribe to the calendar via iCal.  That means that when we update the calendar, it updates on your desktop, too. You can subscribe to the calendar via XML, so the listing appears in an RSS reader.
Eventually, we'll have a calendar dedicated to children's productions, for the convenience of our family-oriented playgoers.

We hope you enjoy this new feature, and please leave us feedback so we can tweak it to maximize its benefits.

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