For a creative, fun Valentine’s Day with a sweetheart or friends, an enjoyable option is to catch a romantic-themed production like “Romeo and Juliet” or to laugh out loud with the improvisation actors of “Dad’s Garage.” Don’t worry about the pressure of picking out the perfect gift and activity. Instead, buy theater tickets and grab some flowers and chocolates – the perfect recipe for a happy, successful Valentine’s Day.
The New American Shakespeare Tavern presents “Romeo and Juliet”
Feb 2 – 26; Bonus performances Mar 1 & 8
Thurs to Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 6:30 p.m.
499 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Price: $22, $26, $32/adults, $17, $21, $27/ student and educator, $19, $23, $29/ senior and military
The Shakespeare Tavern has put on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” for 13 consecutive years during the Valentine’s Day season. Enjoy food and brews off the authentic British pub menu then catch one of the most romantic shows of all time. This venue is also the perfect place to bring friends and family on birthdays or special occasions for a unique way to celebrate.
“The Dad’s Garage à Trois:” Valentine’s Day Variety Show
Tues Feb 14, 2012; 8 p.m.
280 Elizabeth St., Suite C-101
Atlanta, GA 30307
Price: $25-$35 online; $27-$37 by phone or door
Dad’s Garage, a well known improvisational theater in Atlanta, presents a special Valentine’s Day performance called “Dad’s Garage à Trois.” To really emphasize the threesome theme, the venue is offering a super cheap $3 ticket making it the perfect option for groups or friends or couples who have a third wheel to bring. The show is a comedy variety show with sketches, songs and improv pieces surrounding the theme of Valentine’s Day.
DreamCatcher Productions presents the “Black Man-O-logues”
Feb 19 and 20, 2012, February 26 and 27, 2012
14th Street Playhouse
174 14th St.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Reminiscent of the “Vagina Monologues” is the Black Man-O-logues—an edgy piece that explores love from the African American male’s perspective. The audience is captivated by the conversations of nine black men who individually present and face different stories of love, loss and life lessons. At the end of every show, the audience has the opportunity to address the “characters,” as opposed to the “actors.” The show promises comedy, drama and an exciting insight into the male psyche.
Horizon Theatre presents “Avenue Q”
Jan 13 – March 11, 2012
Wed to Fri—8 p.m., Sat—3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Sun—5 p.m.
1083 Austin Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Price: $30-$50; VIP $45-$65; Platinum VIP $100
After receiving seven Suzi Bass awards, this hilarious musical comedy has returned to Horizon Theater by popular demand. This show, which includes a special Valentine’s Day performance, involves puppets in adult conduct and has some of the most creative, hilarious and provocative musical numbers in theater, including “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” and “If you were Gay it’d be Okay.” Horizon Theater is centered in the hip Little Five Points area with restaurants lining the streets – perfect for dinner beforehand or drinks after the show.
Theatre in the Square presents “The Ladies Man”
Through February 26, 2012
Tues-Thurs 8 p.m. & Sun 7 p.m. $24 or groups $21; Fri 8 p.m. & Sun 2:30 p.m. $28 or groups $25; Sat 8 p.m. $33, no group discount
11 Whitlock Ave.
Marietta, GA 30064
Theater in the Square is located on the Marietta Square, an incredibly romantic spot for Valentine’s Day. Take a stroll around the restaurants and shops and into the park center, but be sure to make it to the show on time. “The Ladies Man” is a hilarious comedy about a man desperate to save his marriage from his risqué habits. It’s got the Moulin Rouge presumptions and promiscuity, and it’s directed by the leading lady of Alliance Theater, Susan Reid, so it’s guaranteed to be good.
Stacy Sheets is native to Atlanta. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Stacy is a freelance writer who enjoys keeping abreast on the best Atlanta has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.