I am not so foolish as to think everyone loves Valentine’s Day. In fact, I know that indeed, a number of sentiments prevail on this most romantic of all romantic holidays, including annoyance, frustration, and the grand desire to mope. On the other hand, some people choose to see this day as full of love for friends and family, even without the affections of a “significant other.” And then there are the people who burn things.
Whatever your inclination, I have put together a list of plays (by female playwrights, of course!) to suit your mood on this Valentine’s Day.
Passion & Vengeance: Because nothing says “I love you” like a knife in the back.
By the Bog of Cats by Marina Carr
The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman
Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie
Tainted Love: It’s twisted. It’s strange. It’s recommended for mature audiences only. And just to warn you: this is NOT the love you’ve been looking for!
Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchill
How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel
Wreckage by Caridad Svich
Tragic Romance: Sometimes things just don’t work out…because of Nazis. Or the god of the underworld. Or, you know…ghosts ‘n stuff.
Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl
Watch on the Rhine by Lillian Hellman
The Secret Garden adapted by Marsha Norman
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
The Heiress by Ruth & August Goetz
Friends are Forever: Gal pals trump jerky boys any day.
Reviving Ophelia by Dr. Mary Pipher & Cherie Bennett
Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
Family Affection: Tributes to family that might make you believe in love again.
The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel
Language, Monkey by Juanita Rockwell
Industrious Angels by Laurie McCants
Romantic Comedy: Not always your typical romance, but they should have you laughing, crying…and sometimes singing by the end.
The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl
Wicked adapted by Winnie Holzman
Love & Marriage: There’s a lot to be said for good old-fashioned romance. These plays say it well.
Pride & Prejudice adapted by Christina Calvit
The Scarlet Pimpernel adapted by Nan Knighton
Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman
(and a few from our dramadudes, because I can’t resist…)
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Ghost-Writer by Michael Hollinger
Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare (which I am directing this spring! For more on that, visit http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/109413172516854/).
Happy Valentine’s Day!