Bad Dates opens NAT season

NAT opens its 35th Anniversary Season by paying homage to singles looking for love and coming up empty-handed. For anyone who has ever had a bad experience in the dating world, this show’s for you. For those lucky enough to have found love, this play will make you laugh at the “old days” and hold on tight to the one you love.

Bad Dates by the prolific and wildly popular Theresa Rebeck feels so much larger than its single set and woefully single protagonist. Rebeck’s style is very up front and personal; she has been a writer for several television shows with in your face kind of dialogue, like Law and Order, NYPD Blue and Third Watch.

When we meet Haley, we’re at first struck with her expressiveness and quickly drawn in to her obsessive world. While Haley shares her hilarious and horrible date experiences, we witness the pre-date goings-on in her bedroom as she tries outfit after outfit and struggles to find the perfect shoes for each new date. But the setting is so much more than that bedroom, and by the end of the show, we feel like we’ve been to work with Haley, on dates with her, outrun the Romanian Mafia and visited the police station.

Like so many divorcees, she often shares clothes and advice with her teenage daughter, fights to make ends meet, and just can’t seem to find the perfect man, but the search has its own rewards. From the gay pompous law professor to the “bug guy,” Haley offers audiences plenty of laughs. Rebeck’s mastery of language makes long monologues melt into friendly edge-of-your-seat gossip, the way a good friend at work might come to you and say, “I’ve got to tell you about last night!”

Artistic Director, Tony Vezner, has worked with a great team of designers to create an intimate atmosphere for star of the show, Catherine Glynn, to connect with audience members. Plus, NAT’s 280-seat theater is the perfect size to allow patrons to see the actress’ expressions and feel her energy.

Audiences may remember Five Women Wearing the Same Dress from Vezner’s first season as artistic director at NAT. Five Women was so popular that NAT extended the run by a week. Bad Dates has the same feel; crazy comedy stemming from a woman dishing about men. Yet, Bad Dates doesn’t cross the threshold to become anti-men, as may be expected. Haley remains optimistic, and finally sees hope on her romantic horizon by the time we leave her.

Bad Dates is a perfect choice for a night out with the girls, or as part of a great date. NAT is making it easy for you to find a date as well, by partnering with MeetMe for a special Singles Night Party. The 4 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, Sept. 17 is the MeetMe event with cocktails before and after the show. MeetMe is a symbol for men and women of all ages to wear who are single and looking to meet people. The silver silicone MeetMe bracelets are worn by people who want others to approach them. The bracelet leaves no question that a person is looking to meet someone and facilitates the process of bringing people together. Discounted tickets for MeetMe network members are available by calling the NAT Box Office. For a limited time, you can also purchase your bracelet at NAT.

Bad Dates opens Friday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. with sneak previews Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 5-6, at 7:30 p.m. Call the NAT Box Office for tickets at 964-6282, or, for more information, visit their Web site online at

From the Sept. 6-12, 2006, issue

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