I agree wholeheartedly with Linda Allman that there are some very worthwhile small theaters in Baltimore City ("The show goes on," July 6). My husband and I have attended some memorable productions through the years at Fells Point, The Vagaband, Spotlighters and Everyman Theatre, to name a few.

Then one evening as we were driving through the city on our way home from a show, we were attacked by a group of teens at an intersection. Our car was damaged, but fortunately we were not. Still, I became uncomfortable going into the city and parking on the street at night.

For other seniors who read about crime on the streets and who share my sentiments, there is a wonderful alternative. Last month I attended two great performances at Cockpit in Court summer theater at Essex Community College.

We've been to Broadway in New York and we've been to the London stage. But the productions at Essex were every bit as professional — the acting, the costumes, the sets. The only difference was that the ticket prices were affordable and the parking unlimited and safe.

We saw "Gypsy" on the main stage, and "Social Security" in the Cabaret Theater. Each one was a sellout with great reviews. There are two remaining plays this season, then we look forward to the fall theater season at Dundalk Community Theater. We are always amazed at the quality of local amateur theater.

Peggy Rowe, Perry Hall