ACT II hosts Valentine’s Day dinner theater

Love Story, starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, will forever be one of my favorite movies to ugly cry to.

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry,” is the most famous quote from the film, and the concept has always resonated with me. An apology is nice, but love is found squeezed into the sweet spot of knowing that the other person is not going to give up on you – regardless of how ridiculous and impossible you may be. Love is being able to forgive someone. I always say the longevity of partnerships or marriages is not based on whether or not you fight (because you will), but it is based on how you fight.

I lead with all of this because I read that Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal performed Love Letters together in the past, along with other greats like Tom Hanks, Larry Hagman, Barbara Eden, Charleston Heston and Elizabeth Taylor.

A.R. Gurney’s timeless play Love Letters will be brought to life here in Alexander City during Valentine’s Day season at Alexander City Theatre II, located at 216 Tallapoosa St.

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama, the play only has two actors, and the plot chronicles their 50-year love affair through letters. Reservations are required for the Valentine’s Day performance, and it should be noted that it is an adult play not suitable for children. The final day to purchase dinner-theater tickets is Feb. 10.

ACT II’s team is taking the production one step further. The Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, production will be presented as a three-course dinner theater with a pre-selected half bottle of wine or soft drink for each individual, plus a rose, all for $70 per person.

Additional performances – play only, no dinner included – will be Friday, Feb.15, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. at ACT II for $15 per person.

Attempting to go out to a conventional dinner on Valentine’s Day is like sailing into the wind. Take my advice and buy tickets to Love Letters today. Tickets can be purchased online at

I hope the play inspires you to hold hands and take the time to write kind cards to each other this Valentine’s Day. That’s where the sweet spot is.

Top five best love songs to jam to on the way to Love Letters:

1. Percy Sledge – When a Man Loves a Woman

2. Whitney Houston or Dolly Parton – I Will Always Love You

3. Boyz II Men – I’ll Make Love to You

4. Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love

5. Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling in Love

Best love poems to read your lover when they assume you know nothing about poetry:

Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns

How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

• And anything by Maya Angelou or William Shakespeare

~ Lacey Howell is a recovering English major from Auburn who now lives on Lake Martin, sells real estate, ride horses and loves good wine (but isn’t scared of box wine). She is still bothered that Brad and Angelina broke up. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram