Muriel Kauffman Theatre – Moshe Safdie, the architect behind Kansas City's Muriel Kauffman Theatre, has described the building as "festive and exuberant." 1601 Broadway; 816-994-7200; kauffmancenter.org.
The Carnival Studio Theater – César Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects designed this flexible, black-box theater, as well as the entire Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County that houses it. 1300 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org.
Guthrie Theater – Pritzker Prize--winning architect Jean Nouvel's Guthrie Theater has a twilight-blue metal façade that blends with the evening sky, highlighting images of Guthrie productions screen-printed directly onto the façade on steel panels. 818 S. 2nd St.; 612-377-2224; guthrietheater.org.
Pershing Square Signature Center – The new West 42nd Street home of the Signature Theatre Company features a design by Pritzker Prize--winning architect Frank Gehry and H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture. 480 W. 42nd St.; 212-273-0784; signaturetheatre.org.
Richard B. Fisher Center of Performing Arts – The entry canopy to the Richard B. Fisher Center, designed by Frank Gehry, is, according to the architect, "...not a marquee, it's more like a covered porch—a place for visitors to mingle, to enjoy a sense of community inspired by the performing arts that the building celebrates." 60 Manor Ave.; 845-758-7900; bard.edu.
Shanghai Poly Theater – Scheduled for completion in late 2013, The Shanghai Poly Theater, by architect Tadao Ando, stands by a man-made lake and has a simple rectangular volume, with cylindrical void spaces inserted at various angles.