Since Valentine’s Day lands on a Tuesday this year, many theatre companies are not offering performances on the day itself. But have no fear, there are still plenty up and running, though you might have to drive farther than your were planning on. Here are five of the best theater events on Cupid’s favorite holiday in the greater Seattle area.

Price: $126-$176
Showtime: 6:30 p.m.


Delight your Valentine with champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and a tale “ripped from the headlines” at Teatro ZinZanni’s dinner theatre. Part vaudeville and part gymnastics show, the storyline for Caliente is that the dinner tent is threatened with closure but the kitchen staff will not go. It’s up to the artists to save the day. This is not a cheap date, but definitely a memorable one.

Price: $30
Showtime: 6:00 p.m. (21+ only)

Neil Simon’s “California Suite” is comedy about four different stories that happen within the same posh Beverley Hills hotel suite. There’s the Manhattan workaholic mother trying to retrieve her teenage daughter who ran away from home, the conservative businessman from Philadelphia who wakes up with a surprise in his bed, an actress from London and her husband with a secret and two couples from Chicago who are best friends until one gets hurt playing tennis. This special performance includes a special wine tasting, bite-sized appetizers and desserts.


Price: $34-$124
Showtime: 7:30 p.m.

Ironically, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration together, “Oklahoma!”, is considered by many as the duo’s greatest work. Set just after the turn of the century in Western Indian territory, it’s a colorful tale of handsome cowboys and lovestruck farm girls featuring such well-known songs as “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” and “I Can’t Say No.” This special presentation is a collaboration with Spectrum Dance Theatre.

Price: $10-$20
Showtime: 7:30 p.m.

For those who live up north, you can’t beat the price of this version of “The Fantasticks” – the longest running theatrical production in the world. The romantic comedy set in an allegorical story is about a coming-of-age romance of two neighbors and the parents that try to keep them apart.


Price: $22-$62
Showtime: 7:30 p.m.

This just may be the perfect “Anti-Valentine’s Day” event. Whether you want to laugh with your sweetheart or enjoy the misery of others, “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon will keep you laughing. It’s about a neurotic net freak Felix who is thrown out of his house by his wife and has nowhere else to go except for the apartment of his messy divorced friend, Oscar. The new arrangement isn’t much better than their former marriages.

Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at


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