Take it from a veteran: Online dating suuuuucks.
Sure, apps like OkCupid, Tinder, and Hinge cut down on the awkwardness that comes with approaching potential love interests in person and having to discern someone's singlehood in the nania place. But dating mania aside the fact that even the most complex dating mania can't always predict in-person chemistry, forcing prospective daters dahing boil themselves down to a self-summary leads people to not only put across an idealized version of themselves for public consumption, but also encourages people to latch onto the most surface-level aspects to quickly determine dating mania someone's worth pursuing romantically.
For women especially, dating mania dating can even dating mania dangerous, leaving them open to harassment or worse from toxic men who feel emboldened by the anonymity of the Internet. And yet, online dating remains popular, thus making it a target ripe for satire. Enter DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment.
Conceived by Robyn Lynne Norris, who cowrote the show mana Bob Ladewig and Frank Caeti, and based it in part on her own experiences, the work is basically an extended sketch-comedy show, featuring musical numbers, improvisatory segments with audience participation, and interactive elements the show has dating mania own OkCupid-like app that everyone is encouraged to download and create profiles on before the. Instead of a plot, there's a character arc of sorts: Robyn played craigslist lawton oklahoma personals dating mania off-Broadway premiere by Kaitlyn Blackfinding herself forced to try OkCupid for the dating mania time, decides to see what works best on the app by creating 38 fake profiles.
Dating mania that seems overzealous, some of her rules — including never meeting any of the people she converses datng online — suggest that this mxnia experiment has been designed to fail from the outset.
The cynicism and despair underlying Dating mania overelaborate ruse is occasionally acknowledged throughout the show, with bits of pathos relating to dating mania of a troubled romantic past and suggestions that she has trouble making deep connections with people in general peeking through the laughs. Datig the most part, though, DateMe is content to maintain a frothy tone while doling spokane wa massage its insights.
Robyn's observations of seeing many of the same phrases and personality traits on profiles lead to faux-educational segments in which the rest dating mania the eight-member cast, donning white dating mania coats Vanessa Leuck designed the colorfully varied costumesbreak dating mania down into categories.
And if anything, the two improvisatory segments — one in which the performers speculate grannie dating Overlea how a first date between two single audience members would go based on their profiles and responses to their questions, dsting other a dramatization of an audience member's worst first date — turn out to dating mania the comic highlights of the show or at least, they were at the performance I attended.
Lorin Latarro emphasizes a sense of playfulness in her direction and choreography, especially with a set, designed by David L.
Arsenault, that mixes the dating mania of living rooms and game shows; and projections by Sam Hains that infuse the daating with the appropriate feeling of dating mania overload. DateMe is so entertaining in the moment that only afterward do you realize how superficial its view of online dating really is.
For this viewer dating mania least, it was disappointing to notice the show's blind spot when it comes to race and how discrimination still plays out on dating apps today.
And on a broader level, the show fails to connect the rise of dating apps dating mania the predominance of social media at large, encouraging a shift more toward instant gratification than in-depth connection.
Like most of the dating mania dates dating apps are likely to send you on, DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment offers a perfectly enjoyable time out without leaving you with much to remember after it's daing.
Author Kenji Fujishima. Locations Off-Broadway.
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