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by Lenise Willis

Valentine’s Day is coming soon, and if you’re looking for a special way to celebrate — or earn early brownie points — there are several productions suitable for a bit of post-dinner romantic entertainment.

The Winston-Salem Symphony will present a concert featuring music for lovers in the days preceding Valentine’s Day. The symphony will perform 20th century composer Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2, op. 30 (Romantic), as well as Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé. Concerts are Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday at the Stevens Center of UNCSA.

Adding a pop of pink for the month of romance is the lovable sorority sister, Elle, in Theatre Alliance’s Legally Blonde, the Musical, which runs Saturday through Feb. 17. (This Friday’s performance is already sold out.) The musical is based on the movie about a bubbly rich girl who aims to prove herself after her boyfriend dumps her for someone “serious.”

New this weekend is Greensboro Playwrights’ Forum An Evening of Short Plays #28, as part of the Greensboro Fringe Festival. The event includes seven short plays for the single admission price of $10. The evening of performances begins at 8:05 p.m. nightly Thursday through Sunday, as well as at 2:05 p.m. Sunday at the City Arts Studio Theatre in the Greensboro Cultural Center.

Triad Stage opens their fifth Tennessee Williams’ production, Kingdom of Earth, this Sunday. Continuing through March 3, the surprisingly funny drama is set in 1960 Mississippi. As a storm rages, everyone has fled to high ground. Seeking refuge in a rundown farmhouse, two half brothers from very different mothers and a new bride from Memphis battle for control.

Twin City Stage’s performance of Lend Me A Tenor, a musical filled with plot twists and mayhem, continues Thursday through Sunday at The Arts Council Theatre.

NC Shakespeare Festival’s 33 Variations, a new drama, also continues this weekend at Hanesbrands Theatre. The music-filled psychological drama shifts in time from present-day Germany, to 19th century Vienna, as a musicologist works to uncover a mystery. Performances continue through Feb. 24.

On the actual big day next Thursday — that’s Valentine’s Day for all you forgetfuls — Greenboro City Arts presents a free “Sweet Sounds” Valentine’s Day dance and concert at the Bur-Mil Park Clubhouse.

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