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Theater to the rescue - Valentine's Day gifts ready to order

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Need a little Valentine for your best sweetie?

Order tickets to a show, print out the reservation or make your own little gift certificate, tuck it in a card, and voila – you have earned major Valentine points, which can be redeemed as needed in your ongoing relationship.

It’s still not too late to order shows for Valentine’s Day – just check your favorite local theatre. Or if you already have plans for the “Big Day,” make your gift tickets to a future show. That way you have another fun event to look forward to long after February 14th is past.

Here are some thought-starters:

Dance Theatre of Harlem opens on February 14, with shows on Saturday and Sunday, too, at the Detroit Opera House. Or, if this weekend is full, try the ballet. The Joffrey Ballet is returning to the Detroit Opera House on March 1-2 with its American Legends program showcasing works by master choreographers Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp and Stanton Welch.

Dinner and a show will never be easier than driving to the Dio Theatre in Pinckney for the comedy “Almost, Maine.” This dinner theatre production runs through March 2.

“Murder at the Howard Johnson’s” is a fun comedy that’s perfect for a date. It runs at Northville’s Tipping Point Theatre through March 9.

Lysistrata Jones” – a modern retelling of the classic Greek comedy – officially opens this weekend at Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester and runs through March 9.

“Redwood Curtain” runs through March 15, 2014 at The Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea. Make it a big night and secure reservations at the Common Grill.

At Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, this is the last weekend to see “County Line,” which closes on Sunday. But it’s not too early to score tickets to the steamy “Venus in Fur” which previews February 27.

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” comes to Detroit as part of the Broadway in Detroit series for a limited run – March 4-9. What could be lovelier, or more romantic, than this Gershwin classic with its hottest Broadway re-imagining?

Of course, you may have your own favorite theatre with fare that’s a bit more avant gardeThe Ringwald, Magenta Giraffe, Planet Ant are all standing by with productions to make you think twice about the world around you.

Whatever you do this Valentine’s Day – have fun. And make it a point to see a show soon with the one you love best.

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