Top Shows In Connecticut To See On Your Valentine’s Day Date

February 8, 2016 8:00 AM

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Romantic letters, love at first sight, defiant love, dark comedy, relationships and even lint in a laundry mat. Whether you are a classic romantic, love a good story or are just looking for some good entertainment, Connecticut theaters offer much more than just seeing Star Wars again. Here are the top shows in Connecticut to see on your Valentine’s Day date.
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Romeo & Juliet
Hartford Stage
50 Church St.,
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 527-5151
HartfordStage.org

Dates: Feb. 11 – March 20

The classic and most popular Shakespeare play of all time has inspired audiences for centuries as well as great modernized versions and adaptions, such as “West Side Story.” Hartford Stage’s Tony-award winning Director, Darko Tresnjak, brings Shakespeare to a new generation while maintaining the integrity of the masterpiece. This is Darko’s fifth Shakespeare production during his five year tenure in Hartford (the others being Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and The Tempest). Two additional compelling reasons for seeing a show at Hartford Stage are its small, acoustically appealing venue as well as its prime location in the heart of Hartford, offering audiences a plethora of pre and post show options to extend the evening.

Love Letters Starring Ali Macgraw And Ryan O’Neal
The Bushnell
166 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 987-5900
Bushnell.org

Dates: Feb. 9 – 14

It may be poetic justice that Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal have been reunited together once again, 45 years after their award winning film “Love Story.” The critically acclaimed “Love Letters,” written by A.R. Gurney, opened late summer 2015 in Florida and has been touring the US since, making its stop in Hartford just in time for Valentine’s Day. In press previews, Magraw told People Magazine, “Our chemistry has not changed. We still feel the same about each other” as O’Neal echoed similar sentiments, saying, “Working together again is a dream come true.” The story unfolds as a young seven-year-old boy writes a letter to his crush, a girl in his class. Throughout the next 50 years they write letters to each other, sharing the roller coaster ride of life and their hearts with each other. Fate continues to keep them apart but destiny awaits … or does it? Men, leave your man card at home for this one, and embrace the idealism of Valentine’s Day holistically — it’s worth it.

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The Moors
Yale Repertory Theatre
1120 Chapel St.
New Haven, CT 06520
(203) 432-1234
YaleRep.org

Dates: Jan. 29 – Feb 20

Not into a traditional Valentine-y love story? How about a Downton Abbey-esque dark comedy about sibling rivalry? “The Moors,” winner of a 2015 Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, is full of mystery, suspense, power struggles and desperation for love. Two sisters are isolated in the dark English moors, where they struggle with life and happiness. While they don’t quite take on the actions of “The Shining’s” isolated character, they do set down a dangerous path as a governess arrives full of secrets and desires. It’s been called whimsical, improbable, charming, dangerous and a dark perspective on relationships. Something to talk about afterwards with your date, for sure.

Related: Turn Valentine’s Day Into A Family Affair

Lint! The Musical
Hole in the Wall Theater
116 Main St.
New Britain, CT 06050
(860) 229-3049
HITW.org

Dates: Feb. 12 and 13

Do you prefer a good laugh, musical, or community theater? Why not all three? Ever get that feeling that your life is a movie, or worse, a musical, that you simply can’t escape? Link! The Musical centers around a laundry mat employee, Phoebe, who finds herself center stage in a musical comedy that she learns will not go away until the final act concludes and certain “rules” are followed. Surrounded by characters named Biz, Fab, Cheer and Heinrich von Baddie, a sarcastic TIDE of events unFOLDs. Will she BOUNCE back and WISK away all the madness or will she SHOUT out her defeat GAINing nothing but bad melodies and lyrics during the drying cycle? The folly is written and directed by ALL Connecticut locals. Time’s up: BUZZ!

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Edward Main is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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