Valentine’s Day is usually feared, ignored or deliberately snubbed by singles and couples alike.
If you don’t have a personal vendetta against Valentine’s Day, but crave some entertaining alternatives – attend your pick of two live storytelling events. Forget about your own relationship woes and get lost in the often cringe-worthy and hilarious personal stories of childhood, dating, relationships and everything in between.
Check out the annual Mortified Boston: Doomed Valentines Show at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline. At this long-running show, “witness adults sharing their most embarrassing adolescent journals, letters, poems, lyrics, plays, home movies, and art… in order to reveal stories about their lives.” After sampling some of Boston’s most awkward coupling moments, you might discover your inner David Sedaris and audition at the next screening session. I for one would love to share a letter I wrote to my parents while attending a “clothing-optional” Quaker sleepover camp the summer before sixth grade. But you’ll have to wait for another Boston show to hear that (gem of a story).
Or head to Mass Mouth at the Lizard Lounge to hear tales of humorous breakups, ridiculous ex’s and love lost. Usually, this one is a bash-fest for those who are evidently fed up with submitting anonymous rants to the Improper Bostonian’s “Impersonals” section. Themed for Valentine’s Day, you’re certain to hear some doozies. I might have to try this one too and offer up vignettes from past dates gone horribly wrong. For instance, after chatting over appetizers at a Kenmore Square restaurant, my date exclaimed, “Wow, you’re much smarter than you look!” There are some charmers out there, ladies.