When the inspiration of a Valentine's Day production is infamous alleged pornographer Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde, you know not to expect moonlight and roses. Even in Vienna, La Ronde
's cynical and explicit account of a string of random sexual encounters was considered so transgressive, it took 20 years to reach the stage — and even then, its 1921 premiere was shut down by police, and Schnitzler was prosecuted for obscenity. The Fishtank Performance Studio's romance-skeptical revue, Approximately Yours: A Circle of Valentine Complications
, features a string of random encounters of the performing kind, with monologues, music and video by a chocolate-box assortment of talent: Gail Bronfman Bunch, Philip Hooser, Mark Manning, Sarah Mundy, Meghan Whelan, Stephanie Roberts, Jeremy Lillig, David Wayne Reed, Heidi Van. Also performing: Vox Humana. The love-in begins at 8:30 p.m. at the Fishtank (1715 Wyandotte). Ticket prices range from $5 to $15. Call 816-809-7110 or find Fishtank Performance Studio on Facebook.
— Grace Suh
Sat., Feb. 12, 8:30-10:30 p.m., 2011