Whether you are madly in love or just playing with fire this Valentine’s Day, a night out to see a show is always something to love. Dance, drama, classical music, side-splitting comedy; it’s all here. So whether you are looking to score cupid points, looking for laughs or just out with friends for an anti-Valentine’s night on the town, here are some shows in Connecticut that you can count on this Valentine’s Day weekend.
TheaterWorks at City Arts on Pearl
233 Pearl St.
Hartford, CT 06103
Dates: Now through March 3
Warm your heart through laughter and romance as audiences play voyeur to the happenings and mishaps of the people of “Almost, Maine.” The brilliance of the northern lights acts as a background to the town, only to be outshined by the colorful and equally vibrant escapades of its heartbroken but hopeful residents. TheaterWorks provides a casual, warm theater setting for a midwinter night outing. Plenty of downtown dining and late night snacks within a few blocks of the theater make the location perfect for a complete night out, whether with a date or with friends. The New York Times writes, “A whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance. Magical happenings bloom beneath the snowdrifts.”
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
1349 Newfield Ave.
Stamford, CT 06905
Dates: Now through Feb. 23
A sense of humor is one of the most sought-after attributes in a partner. Test your funny bone with this Broadway classic that is the perfect fast-paced, hilarious antidote for Valentine’s Day. “Forum” is a vaudeville-style romantic comedy about a witty slave who tries to gain his freedom by enticing a beautiful prostitute to hook up with his master. Dinner and a comedy show for Valentine’s Day is served.
Love is in the Air
Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Maxwell and Ruth Belding Theater
166 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
Dates: Feb. 14-17
Bring a classy taste to Valentine’s Day with a night (or Sunday matinee) of a love-inspired concerto in one of Hartford’s most glorious music halls. The program is conducted by Carolyn Kuan, recognized as one of today’s innovative talents and HSO’s first female music director/conductor. Included in the program is a musical love letter by Mahler (Adagietto from Symphony No. 5) and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring Alexander Kobrin, gold medalist at the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. If that sounds too daunting, just stroll the street in front of the venue prior to the concert and listen to the street musician(s) that often plays outside the theater on nights such as this.
Curse of the Starving Class
222 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT 06511
Dates: Feb. 13 through March 10
Nothing says forget about love like a dark tale of theft, robbery, back-stabbing, family feuding fun. A couple independently schemes of ditching the American Dream and casting their heirs to the curb. Think “War of the Roses” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and how perfect a dark comedy may in fact be on a Valentine’s Day week of heart-choking, nauseating love notes. Why not make it an anti-Valentine’s night with friends?
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Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts Dance Productions
2132 Hillside Road, Unit 3104
Storrs, CT 06269
Two nights of international dance come to UConn. College students and adults alike will be treated to top-notch performances at the highly acclaimed Jorgenson Center.
Date: Feb. 14
Enjoy an evening of top international dance fused with augmented reality visuals provided by meticulously prolific UK dance theater company Motionhouse. “Scattered” combines high-energy, artistic dance and low-level aerials with film in a fluid relationship of body and water synergy. The stage consists of a curved floor seamlessly united with the sky on which seven performers use every inch, including vertical spaces. The film-live performance is a collaboration with Spain’s Logela Multimedia. A question and answer session will follow the performance.
Date: Feb. 15
A value-driven dance spectacle awaits audiences as a 22-member South Asian student fusion dance club performs variations of eastern- and western-influenced performances. Of note are the Indian-inspired dances of Bharata Natyam and Kathak which combine traditional cultural dances with a modern flair. From the classical ballet and jazz style moves celebrating India’s unique culture to the up-tempo synchronized footwork and percussion pieces of the tabla and pakhawaj, the interpretive dances bring audiences along for the celebration.
The 39 Steps
Burton Leavitt Theatre
779 Main St.
Willimantic, CT 06226
Dates: Feb. 14-17
This show is a recipe of laughter combining antics from Hitchcock, James Bond, Clue, LaughOn and FX network’s “Archer.” A cast of four plays over 150 characters, which in and of itself is outright ridiculous. Who doesn’t love an onstage plane crash and missing fingers? The two-time Tony Award-winning mystery is sure to make your side ache from excessive laughter.
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Shen Yun 2013
100 E. Main St.
Waterbury, CT 06702
Dates: Feb. 13-14
Enrich yourself with an inspiring taste of traditional Chinese culture captured through the sights and sounds of a harmonious cast of 100 performers. Embark on a time travel journey to the heavens, where love originated, to the earthy plains of mortals as thunderous battle drums and precision vocalists colorfully animate Chinese dynasties of yesteryear.
Edward Main is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.