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Take your geek to the theater for Valentine’s Day

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Looking for a more romantic evening than playing World of Warcraft with your sweetie? This Valentine’s Day, three Seattle shows will wow your favorite geek.

If Friday is already booked for the storming of the castle or construction of a backyard rocket, you could always slip a pair of tickets for a future date into a box of chocolates or a six-pack of beer.

Monty Python’s Spamalot
5th Avenue Theatre
Now through March 2
A stellar cast of local theater luminaries nail this “lovingly ripped off” tribute to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the movie that all true gamers can quote ad infinitum. Now the Knights go “ni,” Enchanter Tim flies, the rabbits are killer, and everyone sings. Whether it’s King Arthur (Allen Fitzpatrick) learning to look on the bright side of life or the Lady of the Lake (Laura Griffith) and Sir Dennis Galahad (Louis Hobson) skewering big musicals with a “song that goes like this,” there’s many an Eric Idle moment in this show crafted by one of the original Monty Python gang.

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus
Book-It Repertory Theatre
Now through March 9
For your horror or steampunk aficionado, the first true science fiction story uses electricity and dead body parts to shock its audience. Mary Shelley’s haunted weekend with Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron spawned this tale of an obsessed young scientist and his monstrous creation. Expect theatrical gore, brief nudity, and a true debate on who really is the monster in this adaptation from director David Quicksall.

Ed, Downloaded
Washington Ensemble Theatre
Through Feb. 24
As a couple, do you spend all your time together online? In a regional premiere of Michael Mitnick’s play, one of Seattle’s edgiest theaters mixes live action with video to create a “sci-fi love story for high-tech dreamers.” The Ensemble is celebrating ten years of serving up decidedly different and budget-friendly theater in their tiny space on Capitol Hill, so discover what all the excitement is about.

For tickets and times, click the theater's name to visit their websites.


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