Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Are you planning your romantic night? There are a lot of great ways to spend a special evening with your sweetie in Denver. With a little bit of planning, you can set up a truly wonderful night filled with yummy food and a memorable evening. Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, there are a lot of local theatre companies that are getting in on the sweetheart game, some even offering specials and deals including food. Take a look at these great shows running in town, and make your reservations for your special night.
Date Night Idea #1
Brazilian food and a dark comedy
Price: $75 per couple
Vintage Theatre has recently announced its partnership with Copacabana Catering, and you can get a great dinner for two, live music and a show for one low price. The dinner from Copacabana Catering is Brazilian food at its best, and you’ll be entertained during dinner with live Bossa Nova music. The best part? When dinner is over, you simply walk a few feet into the theatre for a fantastic performance of “The Lyons” a dark comedy about a family that is saying goodbye to their dying patriarch.
Date Night Idea #2
Comedy, champagne and chocolates
Price: $25 per person
Catch Equinox Theatre’s “Kimberly Akimbo” at The Bug Theatre on Valentine’s Day and you’ll also get champagne and chocolates to enjoy during the show. If you aren’t familiar with the show, “Kimberly Akimbo” is about a 16-year old girl that suffers from a rare aging disorder that causes her to age 5 times faster than everyone else. She faces a truly hilarious dysfunctional family and the possibility of first love. Make it an even more special night by catching an early dinner at Patsy’s Italian Inn, located right across the street from the theatre. (Disclaimer, the author of this article works with Equinox and is involved in this production.)
Date Night Idea #3
Boulder, Dinner and Spam
Price: $49 - $54 per person
What could be more fun than the hilarious Monty Python’s “Spamalot?” How about “Spamalot” and dinner at the Boulder’s Dinner Theatre. This hilarious show is lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Plus, you get to enjoy a full dinner right at your table, and your servers are even the actors in the show.
Date Night Idea #4
An office musical and dinner
Price: $49 - $59 per person
Anyone that works in an office can appreciate the wit and humor behind “9 – 5: the Musical.” Based on the hit film, this musical is the story of three female co-workers that concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. They conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do -- even in a man's world. Set in the late 1970s, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is about teaming up and taking care of business. Of course, there is a great dinner served at your table by your performers as well.
Date Night Idea #5
Girls Night Out
Price: $33 per person
Don’t have a date this Valentine’s Day? Don’t fear, because there is a great show you can catch that is perfect for a girls night out. Back by popular demand, “Girls Only – The Secret Comedy of Women” returns to the Garner Galleria Theatre. Written by Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein, it is an original comedy that celebrates the honor, truth, humor and silliness of being female. With a two-woman cast and audiences full of raucous, laughing ladies, the show has found quick popularity in its unique examination of all things girly. Born out of the earnest and sweetly absurd writings the two authors discovered in their girlhood diaries, the Girls Only mix of sketch comedy, improvisation, audience participation, and hilarious songs and videos reminds audiences of the very funny and very charming similarities all women share.