On the Boards has solved the communal dining conundrum by starting with an actual community: the people who go to see the sometimes-difficult-to-categorize dance/theater/etc. that happens there. The Studio Suppers take place downstairs in the Studio Theater on select opening nights, then everyone goes up to see the performance. Awesome chefs and free-flowing wine make this pretty much the best thing ever. This season: Gob Squad with Cormac Mahoney
(Madison Park Conservatory), Sep. 27; Kidd Pivot with Michael Hebb
(One Pot), Oct. 23; Teatro Línea de Sombra with Johnathan Sundstrom
(Lark), Nov. 8; Catherine Cabeen and Company with Maria Hines
(Tilth/Golden Beetle/Agrodolce), Jan. 17; She She Pop & Their Fathers with Ethan Stowell
(Tavolata through Rione XIII), Jan. 31; KT Niehoff with Mike Easton (Il Corvo), April 18; Annie Dorsen with Melissa Nyffeler (Dinette), Feb. 21; Itai Erdal with Tamara Murphy (Terra Plata), March 21; Young Jean Lee with Debi Zerr (Lola), April 4; Miguel Gutierrez with chef TBA, May 2.