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Play Dates ****** Las Vegas Little Theatre 03 March 2012 “Play Dates” by Sam Wolfson is a comedy about relationships and their complications at different stages of your life, starting in Kindergarten and going all the way to a slightly stagnant marriage. We follow the Protagonists falling in love, having their feelings hurt and basically just trying to make sense of it all. A light comedy about the perils and joys of having that special someone, who makes your heart skip a beat. The only problem with this concept is the fact that this play, as comedies go, quite simply was not all that funny. Theoretically I knew where the jokes were being featured and I also understood why they were supposed to be witty, but frankly they just somehow failed to entertain me. Also the use of elements of toilet humor did not turn out to be particularly appealing. Even though it did not go as far as to represent full-fledged fecal humor along the lines of people throwing, well, let’s apply an euphemism here and call it, hmmm,  their “business” at each other, it was still at the verge of good taste. The bathroom scene seemed just way too realistic and displayed complete lack of boundaries (urinating or passing gas in each other’s company) and one really has to say at this point: God help the couple who actually do those things in front of one another, no wonder the Romance in their relationship has long packed its bags and left in a disgusted huff! The Las Vegas Little Theatre production in itself was all right, the actors did a decent job, but somehow it all just fell short of the amusing journey through a person’s emotional perturbations one might have expected. There truly was no message in this play at all, which in itself does not present a big problem, not everything out there has to convey some deeper meaning. Sometimes a comedy can be just that, a comedy. But at least it should possess a certain amount of humor to make us laugh and enjoy the experience. This one did not.  Also the plot was just so unrealistic and “out there” sometimes that it ended up more ridiculous rather than innovative and original. Almost like the author ran out of concepts and just came up with something to piece it all together at the last moment. The characters lacked authenticity, for example one would find it a very unlikely scenario for somebody to still be so obsessed about being dumped in the Kindergarten that it would become the whole driving force behind his life and career. I would say if you are looking for something not necessarily at the highest level of the Thespian Art and are not opposed to offer your laughter freely and generously where it is not always fully deserved, then you might enjoy it. If you are, however, in a more discriminating state of mind, then you will probably leave the Theatre feeling that this particular play-date did not turn out to be quite as satisfying as one might have hoped…

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Play Dates ****** Las Vegas Little Theatre 03 March 2012 “Play Dates” by Sam Wolfson is a comedy about relationships and their complications at different stages of your life, starting in Kindergarten and going all the way to a slightly stagnant marriage. We follow the Protagonists falling in love, having their feelings hurt and basically just trying to make sense of it all. A light comedy about the perils and joys of having that special someone, who makes your heart skip a beat. The only problem with this concept is the fact that this play, as comedies go, quite simply was not all that funny. Theoretically I knew where the jokes were being featured and I also understood why they were supposed to be witty, but frankly they just somehow failed to entertain me. Also the use of elements of toilet humor did not turn out to be particularly appealing. Even though it did not go as far as to represent full-fledged fecal humor along the lines of people throwing, well, let’s apply an euphemism here and call it, hmmm,  their “business” at each other, it was still at the verge of good taste. The bathroom scene seemed just way too realistic and displayed complete lack of boundaries (urinating or passing gas in each other’s company) and one really has to say at this point: God help the couple who actually do those things in front of one another, no wonder the Romance in their relationship has long packed its bags and left in a disgusted huff! The Las Vegas Little Theatre production in itself was all right, the actors did a decent job, but somehow it all just fell short of the amusing journey through a person’s emotional perturbations one might have expected. There truly was no message in this play at all, which in itself does not present a big problem, not everything out there has to convey some deeper meaning. Sometimes a comedy can be just that, a comedy. But at least it should possess a certain amount of humor to make us laugh and enjoy the experience. This one did not.  Also the plot was just so unrealistic and “out there” sometimes that it ended up more ridiculous rather than innovative and original. Almost like the author ran out of concepts and just came up with something to piece it all together at the last moment. The characters lacked authenticity, for example one would find it a very unlikely scenario for somebody to still be so obsessed about being dumped in the Kindergarten that it would become the whole driving force behind his life and career. I would say if you are looking for something not necessarily at the highest level of the Thespian Art and are not opposed to offer your laughter freely and generously where it is not always fully deserved, then you might enjoy it. If you are, however, in a more discriminating state of mind, then you will probably leave the Theatre feeling that this particular play-date did not turn out to be quite as satisfying as one might have hoped…
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