Valentine’s Day is almost here so it is time to start planning your weekend. Sure, dinner and a movie is an easy fallback, but you can see a movie any time. If you want to really surprise her with something special, then take her to see live theater. There are tons of great plays and musicals playing just the perfect show for the big weekend, so simply pick one of these options and you can’t go wrong. Then, find a nice restaurant near the theatre, follow up after the show with some drinks and you’ve got the perfect date night.
Prelude to a Kiss
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
30 W. Dale St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Playing Jan. 31 through Feb. 17
What could be better for Valentine’s Day weekend than “Prelude to a Kiss?” Made famous in 1992 by the Alec Baldwin/Meg Ryan flick it really started with the play in 1988. The story revolves around a “Freaky Friday”-style switch-up that happens right after the wedding of a young couple. An elderly man asks to kiss the bride and the young wife’s soul is switched with his. It is then up to the groom, Peter, to find his bride and keep his love alive.
Romeo and Juliet
Denver Center Theatre Company
1101 13th St.
Denver, CO 80204
Playing Jan. 31 through Feb. 24
Price: $36 through $46
This story about star-crossed lovers is one of the most powerful and romantic tragedies of all time. The Tony Award-winning regional theatre company, Denver Center Theatre Company, presents its version of the magic that is William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Sure, it may not have the happiest ending, but you couldn’t ask for a more emotional and powerful love story for the big Valentine’s Day weekend.
Miners Alley Playhouse
1224 Washington Ave., Suite 200
Golden, CO 80401
Playing Jan. 11 through Feb. 17
Price: $19 through $29.50
Just because Valentine’s Day weekend is filled with romance, flowers and candy hearts doesn’t mean you have to see a romantic show. For those that are looking for something a bit less saccharine but still a fantastically good time, then “Mrs. Mannerly” is sure to be that answer. It is a hilarious show about a young man recounting his experiences with a very demanding etiquette professor. It is told from the point of view of the playwright, Jeffrey Hatcher, and it is a bright and comic tale sure to keep you and your date laughing throughout.
Once Upon a Mattress
Civic Center North Building
470 S. Allison Parkway
Lakewood, CO 80226
Playing Feb. 8 through Feb. 24
If you have never seen “Once Upon a Mattress,” you are in for a rare treat. This romantic musical comedy is a retelling of the classic “Princess and the Pea” fairytale with a lot of great twists. The music is a mixture of classic-style Broadway with some very funny upbeat songs, and the characters are all, well, characters. The King is mute, the Queen is a domineering, overly protective mother and the Princess defies everything you think you know about princesses. Take the chance to check out this great romantic comedy that is also the perfect choice for the whole family.
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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Spark Theatre Company
985 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Playing Jan. 18 through Feb. 16, 2013
Price: Tickets are $10 through $20
Looking for a play that proves not all romance is sunshine and rainbows? Well, no play proves it better than the classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” It’s the story of a middle-aged couple, married for many years, who invite another couple for dinner and drinks. The evening gets out of hand as the older couple become more and more violent and abusive towards each other, eventually turning on the others as well. It is a classic story by Tony Award-winning playwright Edward Albee. The emotional punch is heightened by the intimate space at Spark Theatre.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.