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(credit: Christian Dionne/Wikipedia)


It’s time to offer the perfect Valentine’s Day to your date, so let the professionals do the entertaining while you do the wooing before, during and after you take your loved one to a special performance only offered in the City of Angels. To be sure, Los Angeles has more than enough fodder to encourage a romantic interlude. To help you pick something top notch to attend, following are five special productions held on or near the day when cupid comes to call that will certainly make your sweetheart swoon.
(credit: Kirk Douglas Theatre)

(credit: Kirk Douglas Theatre)


“Women Laughing Alone With Salad”
Kirk Douglas Theatre
9820 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(213) 972-4444
www.centertheatregroup.org

For a real laugh on your Valentine’s date, set your sights on the offering at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. There, “Women Laughing Alone With Salad” follows stellar playwright Sheila Callaghan’s story of the three women at the center of one man’s very full life. Expect a lot of social commentary in this play that will certainly invite discourse after experiencing the riveting performance and before your real life romantic interlude begins.

(Credit: Matthew Murphy )

(Credit: Matthew Murphy )


“Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage”
Hollywood Pantages Theater
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 468-1770
www.hollywoodpantages.com

You will have the time of your life as you watch Baby stay out of the corner and in the limelight. This unforgettable character hits the stage once again like she did in the classic film at the deluxe Pantages, a Hollywood mainstay that evokes the glamour of the art deco period in a house that will be remembered long after the curtain closes. Running through Feb. 21, this invigorating and nostalgic song and dance production that shows off summer life in the Catskills in 1963 should inject romance into any Valentine’s date worth sharing.

(Credit: Center Theatre Group)

(Credit: Center Theatre Group)


“The Mystery of Love & Sex”
Mark Taper Forum
601 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2772
www.centertheatergroup.org

What better topics to explore on Valentine’s Day than sex and love? In this case, you’ll see it all on the stage at the Taper through March 20 when Charlolette realizes she has actually fallen in love with her BFFs, one female and the other male. Charles Isherwood calls this production a “tender and funny exploration of the lives of two couples from two generations;” this offering is sure to make everyone in the audience appreciate the sentiment of celebrating Valentine’s Day in their own unique and special ways.

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(credit: centertheatregroup.org/theatres/ahmanson)


“An Act of God”
Ahmanson Theatre
135 N Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2772
www.los.angeles.theatre.com

Sometimes laughing until you cry is a great way to kick off a rose-worthy St. Valentine’s Day. Helping you do just that, Emmy-winning actor Sean Hayes shows up for a limited run of An Act of Good. He plays a ruminating and irreverent version of the Big Man upstairs while poking fun at pop culture in a number of unforgettable ways that will make you guffaw along with the rest of the audience. Running through March 16, this tour de farce originated on Broadway with Jim Parsons as God in a show that The New York Times called “deliriously funny.” Expect at least that from Hayes, a man who has legs and then some when it comes to comedy.

(credit: Jim Cox Photography)

(credit: Jim Cox Photography)


“FLY”
Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 356-7529
www.pasadenaplayhouse.org

Running through Feb. 21, the west coast debut of “FLY” by Trey Ellis and Richardo Kahn takes over the revered Pasadena Playhouse. This serious stage production relays the story of the first African-American Army Air Corp fighters. These eight men, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, flew over Europe and North Africa during World War II while injecting a special dose of heroism that shines through on stage. During intermission, Valentine Day’s dates can feel comfortable canoodling in the courtyard of this seminal theater during intermission and after the curtain closes, too.

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