by Lenise Willis

If you plan on celebrating a belated Valentine’s Day this weekend — or if you plan on groveling for forgiveness for forgetting the big day — then treat your sweetie to a classic and romantic night of theater. It’s fun; it’s different; it’s the perfect apology.

Watching a comedy together is a sure-fire way to ensure you and your honey are in a good, upbeat mood. Continuing through Sunday at Taylor Theatre is UNCG theatre’s production of Stage Door, an American comedy about a group of young actresses who live in a boarding house for women in 1930s New York.

Another great feelgood play, running now through Sunday at Hanesbrands Theatre, is the musical Oil City Symphony, in which the theatre is transformed into a high school gymnasium where four graduates of the ’60s reunite to give a recital in honor of a favorite teacher.

On the other hand, Menopause the Musical, which runs Wednesday through Saturday at Carolina Theatre, is the perfect way to enjoy a ladies-only night. Set in a department store, the play features four women who meet at a lingerie sale and bond over making fun of their hot flashes, forgetfulness, wrinkles and mood swings. Play contains parodies of ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s classics.

Another laugh-out-loud comedy to enjoy is Theater Alliance’s production of Avenue Q, the Broadway musical that features both puppets and flesh to tell the story of a recent Princeton grad who moves into a shabby New York apartment. Play is for mature audiences and runs Friday through March 4.

Celebrate with the whole family Saturday at the Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center as an award-winning children’s book, Ben’s Trumpet, is brought to the stage. Ben, a young boy growing up in 1920s Harlem, discovers his love of the trumpet while listening to the music from a neighborhood jazz club.

For an evening full of family drama, check out Triad Stage’s biggest undertaking, Reynolds Price’s trilogy New Music.

Sunday is the premiere of Part 1, which covers the first two plays August Snow and Night Dance. Part 1 runs now through March 17. Part 2, which includes the last play of the set, Better Days, will be presented Feb. 21-March 18.