It's no secret that taking in the occasional show can add up to be quite the expensive hobby. Enter TodayTix, an app that lets you skip box office lines and buy last-minute theater tickets for the lowest available prices. Founded in New York City by two former Broadway producers, TodayTix expanded to London's West End last summer and to the San Francisco Bay area earlier this month. Here's how it works: download the app for iOS, Android, or Amazon, select your location, and browse available seats for performances the same day or within a week's time. Pick your favorite show (both Broadway and off-Broadway options are available in N.Y.C.), enter your credit card information, and the seats are yours.
Here's an added perk for New Yorkers: TodayTix partners with The Public Theater to offer free first performance tickets to shows like Danai Gurira's Eclipsed, starring Lupita Nyong'o, via a mobile lottery. That means you can score a sneak peek at hot-ticket shows without spending a dime. All you're responsible for is nailing down a spot for that pre-theater cocktail.