Gothamist had a great time rubbing shoulders with the stars at opening night of The Downtown Plays, the centerpiece production of the innaugural Tribeca Theater Festival. Along with the evening's co-hosts Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese, we also spotted such luminaries on the red carpet and at the Capitale after party as Carol Kane, Michael C. Hall from Six Feet Under, Sam Rockwell, Chad Lowe, and Rachel Weisz.

The Downtown Plays couldn't be more highly recommended. You have until October 31st to catch this package of nine playlets by major league playwrights. Our favorites were Jon Robin Baitz's My Beautiful Goddamn City, a musing on life in post-9/11 NYC, and Paul Rudnick's Pride and Joy, a truly hilarious piece about a Jewish mother from Massapequa with, shall we just say, children that challenge. The only misstep is Wendy Wasserstein's Psyche In Love, which we can only describe as My Best Friend's Bar Mitzvah on acid with gods, goddesses, and sixties music. Don't ask. But overall, this is an exceptional evening of theater and we can't wait to check out some of the many other events of the festival.