Valentine’s Day weekend stage roundup

Plan a last-minute date with these stage shows

Sacramento Ballet’s young, limber dancers might just get you to fall in love again.

Sacramento Ballet’s young, limber dancers might just get you to fall in love again.

Photo by Keith Sutter

Argh! You are belatedly planning a Valentine’s Day weekend date. Here’s the skinny on some shows to help with the planning process.

The Sacramento Ballet’s Wild Sweet Love was designed as a date opportunity—young, limber dancers, music, etc. It happens Thursday, February 13, through Saturday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, February 16, at 2 p.m. at the Sacramento Community Center Theater (1301 L Street). Get more information at

The Sacramento Theatre Company has Closer Than Ever, a perky if not profound musical revue about relationships. Performances are on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Wells Fargo Pavilion (1419 H Street). More information is available at

Want high-end literary content? Capital Stage (2215 J Street) has Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, a witty, modern classic and probably the best show in town. However, (spoiler alert!) it’s all about infidelity. It runs from Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Find more details at

The B Street Theatre has Elemeno Pea, a dark middlebrow comedy about the idle rich. But be advised, there’s lots of dialogue about divorce lawyers and prenuptial agreements. They company is also presenting a special run of Around the World in 80 Days on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., and on Saturday at 8 p.m. Visit for details.

New Helvetia Theatre (1028 R Street) enters the fray on February 14, with Passion, an elegantly scored Stephen Sondheim musical that The New York Times once described as “a gothic romance about a young military officer drawn into an intense relationship with a sick, ugly woman.” It runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Visit for more information.

And if you can wait until February 26, the Sacramento Theatre Company will revive that great classic, Romeo and Juliet. But everybody knows how that story ends.