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6 Plays To See In New York on Date Night

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After a long week of running the kids to school activities and sports practices, you’re due for a date night. Call the in-laws or your sitter. Head to a New York City show that’s perfect for an evening without the little ones.

If you want to laugh all night, spice up your date, or get into a good drama, there’s a show for you. Here are six adults-only gems you won’t want to miss.

On Your Feet

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Make date night all about romance. "On Your Feet" will get you in the mood. The show features the love story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. The Cuban couple came to America to chase the dream of making it big in the music world. You’ll also want to get up and dance together to chart-topping tunes like "Conga" and "The Rhythm is Gonna Get You."

Church and State

If you can’t get enough of politicians spouting whatever in the news these days, see "Church and State." Head off-Broadway to the New World Stages Theater. You may laugh or cry when a senator up for reelection decides to let loose and share everything that’s on his mind.

Sleep No More

Ready for adventure? How about a modern, sexy take on "Macbeth"? "Sleep No More" is based on the Shakespeare classic, but you won’t hear any stuffy English prose. Visit the McKittrick Hotel. A doorman will escort you inside. From there, you navigate rooms, stairs, and hallways to explore this tragic story. Be warned; your particip­ation requires you to wear a mask and be quiet. Have dinner before you go. Food and drinks are not part of the show.

Black Angels Over Tuskegee

Celebrating its 8th year off-Broadway, "Black Angels of Tuskegee" offers a dramatic in-depth look into the lives of six men fighting to become United States Army Air Force pilots. This inspiring play based on true events showcases the men’s fight against racism and stereotypes. Plan for a mid-week date night. The show runs at St. Luke’s Theater on Wednesdays only.

The Book of Mormon

Just for fun, see "The Book of Mormon." The show racked up nine 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical. If you’re a dedicated "South Park" fan, or love to celebrate the humor in everything, this musical makes for laugh-filled date night. If jokes about religion, sex, and race or explicit language offend you, pick a different show.

Kinky Boots

Cyndi Lauper brings a pop vibe to Broadway with "Kinky Boots." Reminisce with your honey about early date nights while enjoying an '80s-like soundtrack. Oh, and a drag queen helps save a shoe factory. Kinky Boots is not overly sexy. Still, with the kids at home, you won’t have to explain why a guy wants to wear thigh-high red vinyl boots with 4-inch stiletto heels.

Celebrate date night with laughter, adventure, romance, or drama. There’s no shortage of Broadway and off-Broadway entertainment that offers you an exciting evening without the kids.

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