As long as it doesn’t take place between you and your sweetheart in front of a room full of strangers, nothing beats a live theatrical performance. Avoid Valentine’s Day drama by seeing a production live at one of these love-themed theater events in Philadelphia.
Through March 31
Fisher’s Tudor House
Price: $49.99 per person
Only 21 and over allowed
For a classy theater option, choose this performance from the Tudor House. It provides the full package for the price: romance in a darkened room, live entertainment and a full-course meal with all taxes and gratuities included. As an added bonus, you get a chance to impress your date if you solve the murder mystery before Paula, Randy or Simon do.
“Marriage (An utterly improbable occurrence in two acts)”
Through February 26, 2012
Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5
With a plot set in Russia that includes a matchmaker, a runaway groom and multiple suitors, “Marriage” is a recipe for a successful Valentine’s Day date. Brought to you by The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, this Russian play is written by Nikolai Gogol. “Marriage” promises an evening of spellbound entertainment based on the roller coaster ride that is marriage and love.
“Azuka Lounge: I Love You/I Hate You 5th Anniversary”
February 13, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Venue in Philadelphia is TBD, Call (215) 563-1100
For those looking for love, humor, hate and passion all in one night of performances, this melodramatic reading of written confessions will entertain both hopeless romantics and pragmatic cynics. Chosen as the “best of the best and the worst of the worst” from the “I Love You/I Hate You” column of the Philadelphia City Paper, guests will hear stories retold by some of Philadelphia’s best actors in a night of live performances that rival any Valentine’s Day play.
“All I Ask Of You”
Through February 19
The Shubin Theater
Price: $20 in advance, $24 at the door, $14 for groups, students and seniors
Guests can enjoy all of their favorite romantic songs from the epic love stories found in plays, movies and theater sung live in one dreamy night. With the best and brightest voices from Philadelphia and New York City, this show includes musical numbers from “West Side Story”, “South Pacific”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “My Fair Lady”, “Casablanca” and other cherished acts from Broadway and Hollywood. For a romance bonus, serenade your date with one of these songs later on in your Valentine’s Day date.
Through February 19
Walking Fish Theatre
On Valentine’s Day, the same melodramas, love stories and musicals typically take over the theaters. This holiday, however, choose to treat yourself and your date to a different type of live entertainment. Channel your inner passion with a romantic night of energetic glamor, laughter, dancing and short skits. If you’re not brave enough to wander into Kensington to the Walking Fish Theater, consider Peek-A-Boo Revue in the Avenue of the Arts area as a backup plan.
Lindsay Lewis is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.