Review of #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment at Westside Theatre

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    July 31, 2019
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    You simply can’t go wrong choosing #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment for an entertaining night out at the theater. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, it is absolutely like nothing you’ve ever seen before, and if you don’t walk out of the theater gobsmacked by some of the statistics you’ve heard, well, I don’t know how, but you managed to fall asleep while everyone else was laughing.

    Wait, what? Statistics you say? Why yes, statistics. #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment was created by Robyn Lynne Norris after she received a shockingly high number of responses to a made up profile she made on OkCupid in order to see a friend’s profile and give her feedback. The profile was CrazyCatLady who answered every question with something about cats and professed to have 12 of them. Determined to understand how CrazyCatLady was so appealing while she was, ahem, still single, Robyn and her friend Bob Ladewig conducted an experiment and created 38 profiles of both men and women they thought had undateable personalities to see what kind of responses they’d get. A year later, many sleepless nights, many unanswered phone calls from her mother, and too much time spent in front of her computer, Robyn had some answers.

    #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment is the recounting of the journey she took that year, online and in her life. Figuring out the humanity in everyone and the undateable parts of herself. And delving into the facts and figures of online dating. She puts it all in the show verbatim. The actual responses to the 38 profiles, the real profile names people use (not their pictures of course), and she gives plenty of actual statistics about online dating today. Which she keeps updated. The first one act iteration of the show ran for 3 ½ years in LA where she lives. She was expecting a 3 month run. She then expanded it to two acts when it moved to Chicago where it ran for 3 years at the Up Comedy Club to rave reviews.

    It's now playing at the Westside Theatre in New York City, which was Robyn’s dream from the beginning. New York City. You’ll have to go see it for yourself if you want to know the one word to put in your online dating profile to increase your chances of a response by 144%. You’ll never guess...

    (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)