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
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!