Let’s say that your significant other loves live theater, but your own experiences with it have been … underwhelming. You can’t swear off theater entirely, that wouldn’t be fair, but isn’t there a compromise that ups the excitement factor while remaining true to the form? There is indeed, as the productions put on at the Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre will keep even the most cynical audience member enthralled for the duration of the performance. There are several reasons for this. Unlike larger theaters, where the actors’ voices get lost somewhere around the tenth row, the Actor’s Playhouse is an intimate setting, with excellent acoustics and amazing views of the stage from every seat in the house. Also, rather than focusing entirely on “classics” that feel a bit like homework, the Actor’s Playhouse hosts some of the most fascinating, thought-provoking performances out there, from Monty Python’s Spamalot to Scott and Hem in the Garden of Eden, a combative new play that recreates the burning rivalry between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. So don’t give up on theater. Instead, impress your sweetheart by springing for tickets on your next date night, buy a couple of glasses of wine from the lobby bar of this gorgeously restored former art deco movie house, and experience the excitement of living, breathing actors as if for the first time. You’ll end up being impressed yourself, and anxious to return for an encore.