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Valentine's Day Theatre Roundup

5 romantic Toronto shows to watch this month

360 Screenings' LOVE.

Looking for a sizzling show to see with your significant other, special friend, or by yourself this Valentine's Day? Toronto is full to bursting with passionate productions, ranging from secret screenings and dark dramas to dance extravaganzas and award-winning musicals.

Here are five picks to get your heart pumping:

1) LOVE (360 Screenings): Created by Toronto’s Ned Loach and Robert Gontier, 360 Screenings events are a fusion of live theatre and cinema, offering audiences the chance to become part of a movie rather than just watch it (past 360 experiences include Fight Club, Ghost, 28 Days Later, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Exorcist). On February 7 and 8, the company will unveil their new show LOVE, a celebration of what it means to love and be loved in return. The downtown Toronto location is kept secret until 24 hours prior to the event. Visit for more information and to buy tickets.

2) Flesh and Other Fragments of Love (Tarragon Theatre): Based on Marie Cardinal’s novel Une vie pour deux, Evelyne de la Cheneliere’s Flesh and Other Fragments of Love is set on the Irish Coast, where a vacationing couple stumbles upon the body of a drowned womanunearthing a mystery that tests their relationship. Directed by Richard Rose and starring Maria del Mar, Blair Williams and Nicole Underhay, this poetic three-hander is a battle of the sexes, detective story and tragic romance all rolled into one (runs until Feb 16 at Tarragon Theatre).

3) Heartbeat of Home/Arrabal (David Mirvish): Spice things up with a hot dance show or two this season courtesy of Mirvish Productions. The producers of Riverdance are back in town with their latest show Heartbeat of Home, a high-energy multicultural mashup of Irish, Latin and Afro-Cuban music and dance (runs until March 2 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre). Also in previews this week is the world premiere of Arrabal, a sensual and violently political coming of age story told entirely through dance with a live band and performers direct from Buenos Aires (Feb 4 to April 20 at the Panasonic Theatre). Visit for more information and to buy tickets.

4) Once On This Island (Acting Up Stage Company in association with Obsidian Theatre): Acting Up Stage Company and Obsidian Theatre are breathing new life into the Olivier Award-winning Broadway musical Once On This Island as part of TD's "Then and Now" Black History Month Program. Set in the French Antilles, this musical fairy tale tells a potent tale of young love and divisive social forces (runs until Feb 9 at Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. East).

5) Idiot's Delight (Soulpepper): Sherwood's wartime romance gets a charming update in Albert Schultz's latest production at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts (runs until March 2). Featuring a talented ensemble of performers and musicians, the story brings together a cast of international characters at a resort hotel in the Italian Alps at the beginning of the Second World War. It's De-Lovely.


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