Boston always has a lot going on for Valentine’s Day. From restaurant specials to theater, couples shouldn’t have any problem finding something fun and romantic to do for the evening. When it comes to live theater, local venues are offering up everything from plays to stand-up comedy. Make sure to book ahead of time to see the hottest shows in Boston’s most popular spots.
246 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
Date: Feb. 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Trevor Noah is a talented and popular comedian from South Africa. He makes a lot of jokes about what it is like to be mixed race in a country where racial tensions run high. The road to where he is now was paved with extraordinary difficulties, but Noah managed to become wildly successful. He is currently the host of The Daily Show, a position formerly and famously held by Jon Stewart. Seeing Noah live in Boston will be a treat for any couple with a good sense of humor.
Boston Opera House
539 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
Date: Feb. 14, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
The beloved musical “Pippin” has its last show of the season at the Boston Opera House on Valentine’s Day. “Pippin” follows the titular character as he tries to act the part of a prince for a demanding acting troupe. This surreal musical is one of the most memorable ever performed. It was originally directed by Bob Fosse and had a dark feel to it. The modern version is more playful and should suit the Valentine’s Day mood just fine.
Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Date: Feb. 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
George Orwell’s “1984” gets revamped in this play about government surveillance, free will and privacy. The play had a successful run in the West End and will be in Boston for several weeks. While it may not be strictly romantic, it is intellectual and thought-provoking. Fans of literature and theater alike will enjoy this telling of one of the 20th century’s most important works of fiction.
100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114
Date: Feb. 14, 2016 at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Sometimes, it is not easy to get away from the kids for Valentine’s Day, or it is just nice to be a kid. That’s where Disney on Ice can really help. Bring along the little ones or just enjoy the magic of this centennial celebration at the Garden. A great cast of characters will be there, including Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Snow White and even newcomers Anna, Elsa and the adorable Olaf. This extravaganza on ice will include dozens of Disney’s most popular songs.
Boston Playwright’s Theatre
949 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
For a play with totally local roots, try Melinda Lopez’s “Back the Night.” The title is a play on the name of the Take Back the Night movement, which is about fighting sexual assault and domestic violence. The story follows Em, whose campus is rife with violence, and whose friend becomes a victim of assault herself. It is not a romantic topic in the slightest, but it is an important one that couples and friends can appreciate on a holiday that celebrates consensual togetherness.
Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.