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Best Shows To See On Valentine’s Day Weekend 2013 In Washington DC

February 11, 2013 8:00 AM

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Valentine’s Day can be a stressful occasion for those of you who want to make it perfect for your Valentine. In DC there are always a variety of shows and events to attend. This Valentine’s Day weekend is no different. Here are some shows that will make for a great night for you and your Valentine.

Our Town
Ford’s Theatre
511 10th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-4833
www.fords.org

Hours: Jan. 25 to Feb. 24 – showtimes vary

On the 75th anniversary of the Broadway opening of “Our Town,” Ford’s Theatre is presenting a modern take on the classic drama. A story about teenagers falling in love and getting married may seem ordinary, but this tale is far more than that. It delves into the human existence; the trials, up and downs, and inevitable experiences we must all face. This Valentine’s Day weekend take your special someone to see a play that will make you value love even more.

Barefoot In The Park
Compass Rose Studio Theater
1011 Bay Ridge Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21403
(410) 980-6662
www.compassrosetheater.org

Hours: Jan. 27 to March 3 – showtimes vary

Like “Our Town,” “Barefoot In The Park” is a classic tale of magical young love and realistic marriage, and all the experiences they entail. In a case of opposites attract, the main characters have differing personalities; the wife is free-spirited, while the husband is proper and a little set in his ways. Neil Simon chronicles the couple’s life as they adjust to being newly weds and life in their fist home. Whether you are married, in a relationship or single, this comedy about life and love will make for an amusing Valentine’s night.

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Ladies Swing The Blues
Metro Stage
1201 N Royal St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-9044
www.metrostage.org

Hours: Jan. 24 to March 17 – showtimes vary

Listening to jazz can transport you to a small smoky club in New York in the 50s. Your heart can fill with sorrow or, better, love. This world premiere treats audiences to the legendary stories of greats like Thelonius Monk, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker through the voices of four modern-day jazz divas. Centering around a celebration of Parker’s life after his passing, this musical will be great for Valentines who love jazz.

Twelfth Night
The Shop at Fort Fringe
607 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(866) 811-4111
www.capfringe.org

Falling in love can be simple, easy and fun. Or not. William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is a story all about the falling in love that is not easy or simple. One character loves another, that person loves someone else who falls for the first character and so on. Lies are told, trusts are broken and friendships are tested.  In this fringe production, set in the early 30’s, circus performers put on the play using puppets, magic and music. Full of misunderstandings, trickery and, of course, love, Shakespeare’s classic comedy is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

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Matters Of The Heart Showcase
Busboys and Poets
1025 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 789-2227
www.busboysandpoets.com

Busboys and Poets is mainly known for its great food and atmosphere, but it also host plenty of can’t-miss events events. You can savor the meatloaf and mashed potatoes while listening to an aspiring poet. You can be moved and inspired by that documentary you heard so much about. From book signings, open mic nights, film screenings and more, Busboys and Poets makes for a fun night out. And this coming Valentine’s day you and your Valentine can spend the night watching live music, poetry and comedy, all in the spirit of love.

Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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