Play Dates :: Ideas for Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching. Feeling the pressure to design a romantic and memorable date? Well, what better date than a trip to the theater? In addition to giving you the chance to get out of Carlisle for a little while, seeing a quality production can provide you with some fresh conversation and opportunities to impress your date with your insight and wit. Here are some top picks for productions in Philadelphia, D.C., Baltimore, and Harrisburg.
Skylight at Lantern Theater Company in Philadelphia until February 24th
In this play, the surprising yet intense reunion of two former lovers turns into thought-provoking debate on the role of money and doing what is best for society. It is written by David Hare, described by London's The Guardian as a playwright who "engages the heart and mind."
Pros: Potential for discussion on the negative effects of capitalism.
Cons: May broach the awkward subject of marital infidelity.
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at Centerstage in Baltimore until March 9th
Tom Stoppard's humorous reworking of Shakespeare's Hamlet is a modern classic that should not be missed. This play takes two minor characters from the original work and places them at the center of the action.
Pros: Post-show stimulating conversations stemming from Stoppard's witty play with Shakespeare.
Cons: You fall into an existential crisis.
No Child... at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in D.C. until February 17th
Nilaja Sun's groundbreaking one-woman show is one of the most exciting new plays around. Following runs off-Broadway and at the American Repertory Theatre, Sun's solo work demonstrates incredible talent as she shifts between multiple characters and explores the effects of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Pros: A funny, touching, and uplifting performance.
Cons: Turns out you're dating a Republican.
Well at Open Stage Harrisburg until March 2nd
This play shows the protagonist, Lisa, losing control of telling her own autobiography as her mother and other characters intervene. Lisa Kron's Tony-Award nominated comedy is also an intriguing look at mother/daughter relationships and conventional theatre.
Pros: February 14th is a Pay-What-You-Will Thursday! No one has to know it's a cheap date.
Cons: Controlling mothers are pretty much always a con.