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Top Date Night Shows For Valentine’s Day In Philadelphia

January 31, 2014 8:00 AM

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Valentine’s Day is a reminder to take some time out for each other. It’s also a great excuse to go see a show. If you’re planning something special this year, here are the top five shows to see for Valentine’s Day in Philly.

Ainadamar
Academy of Music
240 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA19102
(215) 893-3600
www.operaphila.org/ainadamar

Date: Feb. 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 2014

Opera Philadelphia is in its 39th season and will feature Argentinean Composer Osvaldo Golijov. The show “Ainadamar” is a melting pot of music styles and history with Spanish, Jewish and Arabic incorporated. It can be described as a dreamlike play with everything from bull fighting and bravado to the artists’ struggle for love and free expression. This opera will be performed in Spanish with English subtitles, making for a beautiful and special evening for those who really love the arts.

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About Last Night
Rave Motion Pictures University City
4012 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 386-9800
www.cinemark.com

Sometimes, it’s better to see a good movie then to drop a lot of money on the theater. And if you are more the sort who appreciates a good comedy, you may be interested in seeing “About Last Night.” This is a modern re-imagining of the classic romantic comedy from 1986 based on a play by David Mamet. It stars Kevin Hart and Regina Hall as people who attempt to build a relationship off of a one-night stand.

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Caught in the Net
Dutch Apple Dinner Theater
510 Centerville Road
Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 898-1900
www.dutchapple.com

Date: Feb. 13 – March 22, 2014

A romantic evening can take on many shapes. Some people love to laugh together; others would prefer dramatic displays or even being terrified. Dinner Theater is another option where you also get to combine theater with a meal. “Caught in the Net” is the sequel to “Run for your Wife,” a romantic comedy about a two-timing taxi driver who has two separate families in different areas of London, essentially leading a double life.

Other Desert Cities
The Walnut Street Theater
825 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 574-3550
www.walnutstreettheatre.org/desert.php

Date: Through March 2, 2014

“Other Desert Cities” is the story of a novelist who returns home after being away for over six years to celebrate the holidays with her parents. She is about to publish a memoir that will focus on the family’s personal history, letting many skeletons out of the closet. The book also brings up the differences in beliefs of the both conservative and liberal family members. “Other Desert Cities” is told as an unfolding family mystery and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play is also from the creators of the TV show “Brothers and Sisters.”

Valentine’s Day Cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia
401 S. Colombus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(866) 455-3866
www.spiritofphiladelphia.com

Date: Feb. 14, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Sail down the Delaware River on the Spirit of Philadelphia while enjoying dinner and a show on Valentine’s Day. A fully stocked bar and a DJ and dancing are also included in this V-Day event. Entertainers will sing and dance as the boat leaves the dock and during the cruise while you enjoy dinner. Dinner is a buffet with salad, carving station, vegetarian options, accompaniments and dessert. You can find the menu on the website. The price includes a rose, champagne toast, dinner and dessert.

 

Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.

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