Despite working in theatre and spending a ton of time in theatres, it’s not terribly often I get to see theatre. So when the opportunity came up to see #DateMe, An OK Cupid Experiment, I was all over it! I went with Allie of Allie’s Fashion Ally and I think it’s safe to say we had an awesome time.
The concept of this show is hilarious. Robyn created 38 fake (and pretty extreme) online dating profiles on OkCupid to see what sort of interactions they would garner from real people. Of course, there were any number of rules for these interactions. People had to reach out to these accounts first, no meeting in person, no leading them on, and more created a space where Robyn could safely perform her experiment [theoretically] without too much hurt from either side of the chat box.
This. Show. Was. Hilarious! It was exactly what I needed after a very long week of opening up another show to just kick back and release all of that tension. Being part of Second City, you just know it’s going to be filled with laughs. And in a world where online dating reigns, some really great stories are bound to come out of something like this.
But, as I am a technician, let’s talk about the tech for a second. I need to give the board op for this show some major credit. The timing for some of these lighting cues was really tight. And they were on point! It’s super geeky of me but I really do appreciate a good well-timed cue. So applause to that person.
The sound and music were pretty stellar, too. Live piano underscores a majority of the show, providing a wonderful musical backdrop for the hilarity happening in front of us.
Basically, this show was technically sound and I thoroughly appreciated it throughout. Though I’ve broken the habit of watching shoes backwards (to see the lights and possibly the folks up in the booth at work), I still appreciate all that the techies to.
Now on to the acting! Each actor played multiple roles to support Robyn telling the story of her experiment. Women played men, men played women, and everyone really embodied whoever they were playing at the time. I found myself particularly drawn to Stacey Smith’s many ensemble roles for her physicality. Everybody managed to physically embody each character but any time large groups were on stage, I found my eye drawn to her.
Overall, this show was amazing. Taking place mostly in the online world while still having a strong presence in the physical, the audience goes on quite the wild ride following these hilarious profiles. Bring your girls, your boys, or even your cat! Everyone is bound to have a super great time. (Don’t actually bring your cat, that would cause mass chaos)
#DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment runs through July 24th at the UP Comedy Club, 230 W North Ave (the 3rd floor of Piper’s Alley). Showtimes are Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 and 11 pm, and Sundays at 7pm. It runs 90 minutes with a brief intermission. Tickets are $26 and can be purchased over the phone at (312)662-4562 or online at http://www.upcomedyclub.com