Like it or not, it’s Valentine’s season, so it’s time to plan that Valentine’s Day date. This week we will look at some ways to embrace it while next week, we will take the Valentine Haters look at what to do. Whether you are a classic romantic, love a good story or are just looking for somewhere to go for Valentine’s Day, there are a few options in the #Hartford area beyond just seeing Star Wars again.
Romeo & Juliet
50 Church Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Dates: Feb. 11 through March 20
Best. Shakespeare. Ever. Well, at least for Valentine’s Day. Nobody around knows how to bring Shakespeare to life like Tony-award winning Director, Darko Tresnjak, who was the former Artistic Director of the Old Globe Shakespeare Festival in San Diego from 2004 to 2009. This is his fifth Shakespeare play he brings to Hartford in as many years (Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and The Tempest). Love, fate, chance, rebellion, moral dilemma, poetic justice – what else do you want? (pause) Oh, you’re still here and want more? Fine, there are tons of restaurants and things to do before AND after the play around the theater since its located downtown. Our picks: Preshow: Feng, Max Downtown, Bears BBQ – Post-show: Trumbull Kitchen, City Steam.
? What’s your favorite restaurant downtown Hartford ?
Love Letters starring Ali Macgraw and Ryan O’Neal
Bonus show: Love Notes by Hartford Symphony Orchestra
166 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT 06106
Ok, so if you remember when Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal sizzled the screen 45 years ago in Love Story, you probably want to see them again doing LIVE theater! Lucky you, they are playing at the Bushnell for one week, ending on Valentine’s Day. Love Letters, written by A.R. Gurney, is about two a boy and girl who began writing letters to each other in elementary school unfolds and continued for the next 50 years. Separate lives joined together by a pen and paper (who does THAT any more?) across the miles and decades. Is it fate they finally reunite after so long? Destiny? Women, see your lifetime crush, Ryan O’Neal on stage, finally! Men, leave your man card at home and embrace the idealism of Valentine’s Day holistically; it might pay off for you later.
? Who is your on screen crush ?
Lint! The Musical
Hole in the Wall Theater
116 Main Street
New Britain, CT 06050
Dates: February 12 and 13
We couldn’t resist this one. Perfect for a night of side-splitting laughter and peeing your pants (don’t really do that on a date – unless you are into that kinda thing but then – EWW!). Picture a woman who works in a laundry mat that suddenly turns into a full-blown musical, complete with characters named Biz, Fab and Cheer! She can’t escape the musical until she completes it and follows certain “rules”. Will she WISK away the madness or SHOUT out in agony? Written and directed by ALL Connecticut locals and perfect for the community theater buff. Oh, looks like this load is done: BUZZZZZZ!
? If you could mix up your laundry with anyone else in the world, who would it be ?