“Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” – William Shakespeare
For the modern day Romeos wanting to woo their beloved Juliets, the month of February may be the busiest and most critical time of the year. It’s not easy to come up with innovative ways to profess your love and affection for your sweetheart, especially if your romance isn’t a new one. If you and your Valentine have already been there and done that on countless February fourteenths of the past, you may be overlooking something: the theater.
No, we don’t mean your usual popcorn, soda and movie kind of date. Instead, wow her with exquisite live performances that are guaranteed to sweep you both off your feet.
Where art thou theaters in Houston?
Houston houses a variety of performing arts theaters that may provide an unusual yet romantic Valentine experience for you and your partner. On Valentine’s Day, you and your beloved are in for a treat should you choose to spend your time together reveling in the timeless classics that some of Houston’s most magnificent theaters have in store for you.
Price: Adults: $A-$59, B-$42, C-$22; Children: $A-$59, B-$42, C-$22; Seniors: $A-$59, B-$42, C-$22
Showtimes: February 14 and February 17, 2012 at 8 p.m.
The Roy and Lillie Cullen Theater at the Wortham Theater Center located in Downtown Houston will host a Mercury Baroque production called “A French Valentine” this February 14. The love-themed classical performances of an evening to remember will feature Jean-Philippe Rameaus’ romantic cantatas “Les Amants Trahis” and “Orphee.” These musical pieces are guaranteed to bring joy and excitement upon even the most novice pair of ears. Also home to the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet, the Wortham Theater Center is a beautiful and historic Houston landmark that exemplifies the beauty of performing arts.
Price : Tickets start at $41, Groups of 10 or more have special prices
Parking at the Alley Center Parking Garage is $7 (Cash Only)
Showtimes : February 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Performances through March 4
The Alley Theater, also located in Downtown Houston, will be featuring “The Seagull” this Valentine’s Day. “The Seagull” is a play depicting an epic love story written by Anton Chekhov in 1895. It has been hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of the few remaining theatrical masterpieces of our time. The romantic theme of the classic play and the theater’s artistic ambience are fitting additions to a wonderful Valentine’s night out. Just remember to come half an hour early before the performance begins, as the theater is very strict on seating arrangements. Also keep in mind that Alley Theatre does not allow late seating or re-entries during performances.
Price: $45 and $55, Limit of 10 tickets per purchase, No cameras allowed
Showtimes: February 14, 2012 at 8 p.m.
The Arena Theatre is home to many iconic artists’ memorable performances and this Valentine’s Day show will be no different. This February 14 the theater will be hosting a Valentine’s Day concert by chart-topping Mexican recording artist Alejandra Guzman. Enjoy the night with Alejandra and her band, Moderatto, as they serenade you and your partner with award-winning Latino music.
Prices: $36.25, $46.25, $56.25, $66.25
Showtimes : February 17 to February 25, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 2 p.m.
For Valentine’s Day enthusiasts wanting to avoid the rush, there are many theaters holding events later in the week that are equally worthy of your time.
Masquerade Theater located at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts will begin to show “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” a play based on the 1988 film of the same title, on the weekend following Valentine’s Day and into the next week. This performance about two con men the woman whom they’re trying to scam is guaranteed to have the audience laughing all the way to the end of the show. If you and your partner have a taste for great entertainment and a few laughs, this is the place to be. The production is a big promoter of local talents and only employs Houston actors and crew.
Price: Ticket price varies depending on seat location, Starts at $89. Parking is $7 payable upon entrance
Showtimes: February, 18 2012 at 7:30pm
The Jones Hall for the Performing Arts will be featuring the Houston Symphony Orchestra for the showing of the film “Orbit: An HD Odyssey;” a series that will focus on the planet earth. The film’s highlights include striking images from the NASA missions, an epic tone poem by Strauss and timeless classical music from the live orchestra. It’s an experience to remember and a unique Valentine affair for the artistic and the adventurous couples.
Now that you have your list of unique Valentine getaways, get ready to put your adventurous hats on and prepare to plunge into the extraordinary world of the classical arts. As you and your dearest one indulge in a romantic evening of beautiful music, exceptional verse and dazzling performances, don’t forget to thank the gods of love for another successful Valentine’s Day escapade.
Rainne Mendoza Celespara is a freelance writer living in Houston. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.