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6 Shows to See for Valentine’s Week in Philadelphia

February 9, 2018 by Vilina Phan
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No time to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you covered. Nix the flowers and chocolate (they were so 2017) and think outside the box by treating your partner, your friend, or yourself to a cultural experience. Grab dinner beforehand or post-show drinks for the perfect evening.

No matter what your relationship status this February, we’ve got a show for you in our Valentine’s Week guide.

1. Love, Lies, and Taxidermy

Inis Nua Theatre Company presents this story of teenage love and middle-aged longing in Alan Harris’s play. Set in a small town in Wales, the story follows the teenage Valentyn, who is emotionally tortured by his crush for Ashley. Throw in ice cream, taxidermy, and more and you have an entertaining evening full of laughter and tears for you and your Valentine to share.

Get tix from $15 to “Love, Lies, and Taxidermy”!

2. Secrets of the Hearts: Lusted, Trusted, or Busted

Want to see your own secrets spilled onstage? Tongue & Groove asks the audience to submit their own stories of love and sex before the show, and inspired by these anecdotes, the ensemble creates hilarious and heartbreaking scenes and monologues, completed with music. But don’t worry, it’s all anonymous, so you and your Valentine’s secrets can remain just between you two.

Get tix from $15 to “Secrets of the Heart: Lusted, Trusted, or Busted”!

3. Love Stories

Denise McCormack recounts a captivating collection of literary and traditional tales in this moving evening. Coined “a storytelling program for adults,” the show is certain to have you and your Valentine reflecting on your love. And bonus: Stick around after the show for a talkback.

Get tix from $15 to “Love Stories”!

4. Little Shop of Horrors

Sure, a flesh-eating plant and a sadistic dentist might not be the first thing that come to mind when you think about love, but this classic musical features some of the most beautiful, lovestruck melodies around. So take your Valentine to see The Players Club of Swarthmore’s production of the Howard Ashman and Alan Menken musical and enjoy classic songs like “Suddenly Seymour” and “Somewhere That’s Green.”

Get tix from $15 to “Little Shop of Horrors”!

5. The Summer Club: A Big Band Valentine’s Day 

Head back to an era when clubs were the places to go, dressing up was essential, and partiers drank their martinis straight up. Get ready to dance in your seat with a 17-piece swing band fronted by Philadelphia favorite Jeffrey Coon, a crazy-talented cast of musicians and singers, and a 22-song set list. You’ll fall in love all over again!

Get tix from $30 to “The Summer Club: A Big Band Valentine’s Day”!

6. Really

A thought-provoking play that will be perfect for post-show drinks and discussion with your Valentine. In the studio she once shared with her boyfriend Calvin, a photographer poses Calvin’s mother for a portrait. Like many artists, she struggles to capture on film what she envisions in her mind. As the photo shoot progresses, the women grapple with their memories of the man who was once the center of their lives. In the age of selfies, “Really” examines the particular and diverse lenses through which we see ourselves, each other, and our place in the world.

Get tix from $30 to “Really”!