This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday. Blech, right? Therefore, we suggest a better idea: celebrate Valentine’s Day Weekend instead! Make a REAL date of it with a romantic meal AND a live local Morris or Sussex County theater show. Check out what’s playing in your ‘hood:


Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St, Morristown Town

ONCE:  If you’re seeking a romantic show, get your tickets now for this winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical.  A beautiful story about a young woman and a Dublin street musician, and how, through their mutual love of music, they save each other.  Don’t forget tissues!  Showtimes:  Sunday, February 12, 2PM;  Sunday, February 12, 7:30PM

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BOBBY COLLINS:  Rather check out comedy?  Comedian-slash-storyteller Bobby Collins blends heartfelt humor with hysterical characterizations, resulting in laughter all-around.  Showtime:  Friday, February 10, 8PM.


Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown Town

RAVENSCROFT:  How about a scintillating drama? This gothic psychological thriller involves murder and five dangerous, alluring women.  Showtimes:  Friday, February 10, 8PM; Saturday, February 11, 8PM; Sunday, February 12, 2PM.


The Newton Theatre, 234 Spring Street, Newton Town

ALMOST QUEEN:  A TRIBUTE TO QUEEN:  Treat your queen (or king) to a rockin’ night celebrating Queen’s top hits, replete with over-the-top costumes and special effects. Showtime:  Friday, February 10, 8PM

SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE ASBURY JUKES:  Jam out with New Jersey rock icon Southside Johnny as he plays top classics  including “I Don’t Want To Go Home”, “The Fever”, and “Talk To Me”.  Showtime:  Saturday, February 11, 8PM


Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, 23 Lake Shore Road, Mount Olive Twp.

BATTLE OF THE SEXES:  Laughter’s good for the heart!  All the more reason to catch this Valentine’s Day weekend show featuring two male and two female stand-up comics battling it out over their views on marriage, kids, love and sex.  Showtime:  Saturday, February 11, 8PM.


The Barn Theatre, 32 Skyline Drive, Montville Twp.

GROVER KEMBLE PRESENTS “DURANTE”:   Is your partner into days-of-yore, classic entertainers? Part comedy, part story-telling, part musical performance, this show takes theatergoers on a nostalgic trip through the life of Jimmy Durante, famous American actor, singer, and comedian with a career that spanned over 60 years. Showtime:  Saturday, February 11, 8PM.


The Growing Stage: The Children's Theatre of New Jersey, Historic Palace Theatre, 7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong Boro

THE BOX OF STORIES (World Premiere):  Kids begging for a family Valentine’s Day celebration? Everyone’ll love this production which presents the world as it could have been without storytelling.  After the gods steal the art of storytelling from mankind, a young girl rises to save the stories and reintroduce them to humans. Showtimes:  Fridays, February 10, 7:30PM;  Saturday, February 11, 4PM;  Sunday, February 12,  4PM.

In conclusion, Morris Sussex County Theatres offer something to suit even the toughest Valentine.  So get those tickets, make those reservations, then surprise your sweetheart!