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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 02/ 8/2010

A theatrical Valentine's Day

By Stephanie Merry

Looking for a special way to spend an evening with your valentine? Check out one of these love-themed productions, from futuristic Shakespeare to tell-all improv.

Love means being able to bare your soul to the person you love, right? Well how about sharing your desires to an audience of strangers? Every month Synergy in Action: A Playback Theatre Company presents a themed improvisation show and February's theme is -- you guessed it -- love. Company members ask audience members to tell their stories, then they act out the sometimes poignant, sometimes funny vignettes.

More Valentine's-appropriate plays after the jump.

So what if "Romeo and Juliet" is the most over-produced Shakespearean play? The romantic story of star-crossed lovers is timeless. And if you haven't given it a look since ninth grade English, now might be the best time to check it out with your valentine.

For the purist, the Acting Company presents "Romeo and Juliet" Sunday at George Mason University Center for the Arts. Be sure to get there early; at 3:15 Corey Atkins, the Acting Company Staff Director, will discuss the show with ticket holders.

For an unorthodox spin on the tale, head over to American University's Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre. Carl Menninger directs a futuristic version of the play, which he describes as "a cross between a thriller or a horror movie and a romance."

If old-school love stories are more your speed, then cool your jets at D.C. Arts Center with the second installment of "My Comic Valentine." Based on vintage comic books from the 1950s, the distinctly retro show premiered last year at Fort Fringe with dated if hilarious talk of hussies and swell daddy-os, great gams and doll faces. This year's performance will also feature video projections, puppetry and audience participation, so you can bet all the hip cats will be there.

-- Stephanie Merry and Amy Orndorff

By Stephanie Merry  | February 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Theater, Valentine's Day  
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