Blind Date: all dates should include this much kindness

Who wouldn’t want to date—or maybe be—Mimi? (Photo of Tess Degenstein by Little Blue Lemon Photography)

Watching Blind Dateis so much like falling in love that it feels a bit like the real thing is happening.

The concept for the show is fantastic. Rebecca Northan had the idea nine years ago and the performance I saw on Wednesday night was number 712. In the hetero form of Blind Date—there’s also a queer version—Mimi, a female red-nosed clown (Tess Degenstein on opening night) picks a man from the audience, having chatted with folks in the lobby and sussed them out beforehand. Then, for the duration of the 75-minute performance, Mimi goes on an improvised date with the guy.

Doing this much improv with an audience volunteer is the theatrical equivalent of skydiving—with a borrowed parachute. [Read more…]

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