by Lenise Willis

This Saturday is Valentine’s Day, and whether you’re looking to impress a date with more than flowers and chocolate, or you’re just looking for a friendly night out, the Triad has some romantic, sexy and even enlightening productions.

Presenting the pinnacle of a great girls’ night out is Twin City Stage with its production of Pride and Prejudice Friday through Sunday. The play, based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, features the very independent Elizabeth falling for the proud socialite Mr. Darcy.

Featuring a much freer spirit than that of the 1800s is Triad Stage with its production of Dirty Blonde, a love story inspired by the bold and sexy actress, writer and comedian Mae West. Production runs through Sunday.

Wednesday, Triad Stage presents Other Desert Cities, a contemporary comic drama about revealing family secrets, at the Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem.

For one performance only on Thursday, UNC School of the Arts’ will show a free student-film screening in the UNCSA Main Theatre.

V-Day Greensboro presents a benefit reading of The Vagina Monologues Thursday through Saturday at the Greensboro Cultural Center in support of the local non-profit Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

Thursday through Sunday, Wake Forest University presents Waiting for Godot, a 1950s absurdist play about two characters who await the arrival of a man named Godot, only to find it in vain. Performances are in the Mainstage Theatre of the Scales Fine Arts Center.

Also on Thursday, UNCG’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance presents Cabaret, a musical set in a seedy nightclub in 1931 Berlin, when the Nazis begin rising to power. The play is centered on the relationship between a young English cabaret performer and an American writer. Performances continue through Feb. 22 in the Taylor Theatre on campus.

On the big day, Valentine’s Saturday, UNC School of the Arts presents a special French music program (because what’s more romantic than France?) The Espina-Browne-Shteinberg trio will perform both classics and modern-day pieces. Performance is in Watson Hall on campus.

Sunday, UNC School of the Arts’ wind ensemble will perform in the Stevens Center. Pieces will include Stravinsky’s Octet. !