My, oh my, how times have changed. Used to be you had to hand-write an epic poem of devotion just to get invited to a lady's parlor. Now a late-night SMS text message is all it takes to score. The history of the love note is laid bare in “Hearts Aflame: An Evening of Love Letters, From 11th-Century Missives to 21st-Century E-mails,” presented by WordTheatre Lit by Lulu. This Valentine's Day edition of the actors-reading-authors series includes performances by Cassidy Freeman (Smallville's Tess Mercer), Christina Pickles (St. Elsewhere's nurse Helen Rosenthal), Edi Gathegi (Twilight's Laurent), Ian Hart (Harry Potter's Professor Quirrell), Jason Ritter (Joan of Arcadia's Kevin Girardi), Jere Burns (Dear John's Kirk Morris) and Sean Young (Blade Runner's replicant Rachael). Listen and learn, kids.

Mon., Feb. 14, 8 p.m., 2011

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