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NYC's 5 Best Theater Events For The Weekend

Our favorite picks for theater and shows this weekend in New York City.
David H. Koch Theater

Romeo and Juliet

February 18-19, 21-22
David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
(212) 579-4176
Price: Single tickets start at $146, see the website for seating chart

Looking for a romantic date? Nothing says "love story" quite like Romeo and Juliet by the New York City Ballet. This historical dance company is one of the best in the country, and if these world-class dancers preforming Shakespeare can't bring romance to your night, your love life might be in trouble. While Shakespeare was English, Romeo and Juliet is set in Italy. Set the mood even before the play begins and make early reservations at Luce Restaurant & Enoteca, a popular Italian restaurant. Enjoy a few glasses of wine and an appetizer of mussels steamed in white wine and tomato before making the short walk from the restaurant to the theater.

The Philanderer

The Philanderer

Through February 19, 2012
New York City Center
The Pearl at Stage 2
131 W 55th St (between 6th & 7th)
New York, NY 10019
(212) 581-1212Z
Price: Tickets start at $39
Hours: For show times and tickets please visit the website

The Philanderer playfully examines the highs and lows of love through the eyes of a man torn between two women—one he cannot win the heart of and the other he can't get away from. See how it all unfolds in Bernard Shaw's romantic satire for a night of love and laughter with your sweetheart.

Avenue Q

Avenue Q

Play is ongoing, see website for tickets
Fri—8 p.m., Sat—2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sun—3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
New World Stages - Stage Three
340 W 50th St.
New York, NY 10019
For tickets and showtimes, please visit the website.
Price: $89.50, $69.50, Premium seating $126

Live actors and puppets come together to tell the tales of one neighborhood of people searching for love and success in life in the popular "Avenue Q." This comedic play follows a recent college graduate, Princeton, who moves to New York to find himself confronted with the question: "What do you do with a B.A. in English?" During the coming-of-age plot, Princeton finds himself learning about love, sexual identity and what it means to transition into adulthood.

Love, Loss and What I Wore

Love, Loss and What I Wore

On sale through April 2012
Westside Theatre
407 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
Single tickets start at $79
Price: $79, Premium seats for $100

This Off-Broadway show stars a rotating cast and is based on Ilene Beckerman's bestselling novel of the same name. Acted in a series of vignettes, Love, Loss and What I Wore is Nora and Delia Ephron's lighthearted play. It tells the tales of love and loss through the recollections of fashion and accessories.

The Fantasticks on Broadway

The Fantasticks

See calendar for dates and times
Snapple Theater Center - Jerry Orbach Theater
1627 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Price: Single tickets start at $76.50

Discover whether or not absence really does make the heart grow fonder in The Fantasticks. This romantic adventure follows a young boy and girl who were once madly in love, but now separated by their own restlessness. The play stars young heartthrob Aaron Carter as "the boy" and the beautiful Juliette Trafton as "the girl." The Fantasticks also holds the record of the world's longest running musical, so this date is sure to be one for the books.

Miriam Longobardi is a freelance writer in Westchester, New York. Her work can be found at

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