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Cincinnati Playhouse Audiences Get Ready to Go On Bad Dates

The 10th anniversary production begins this evening.

Vivia Font stars as Haley Walker in Theresa Rebeck's one-woman show Bad Dates, directed by Michael Evan Haney, at Cincinnati Playhouse.
Vivia Font stars as Haley Walker in Theresa Rebeck’s one-woman show Bad Dates, directed by Michael Evan Haney, at Cincinnati Playhouse.
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Bad Dates starts performances at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park tonight.

The show centers on Haley, a charming, savvy, resilient single mom. After leaving her deadbeat husband behind in Texas and moving to New York City to live with her daughter, through a strange set of circumstances, she quickly moves from waitress to restaurant owner. Even stranger, she finds immediate and impressive success in her new role. With business booming, she decides to tackle the other side of life and turns to dating. In her massive New York apartment, she takes audiences through all of her dating failures with men of nearly every archetype imaginable. While statistically she is sure a good date must be on its way, she starts to wonder if Jimmy Choo is the only man a woman can truly rely on.

The show, which was written by Theresa Rebeck, is directed by associate artist Michael Evan Haney, who directed the original Playhouse production of the show. The one-woman show features Vivia Font, making her Cincinnati Playhouse debut, as Haley.

"Haley is going to tell you about her life, the dates she goes on, the place where she works and the people who work with her," said Haney in a statement. "She will come to trust you with her most private thoughts. She can do this because she is safe in her own apartment and she has her own things around her. Because she can just be herself there — and with you — she will discover the courage to start connecting with the wonders, and the people, of New York."

The creative team includes Bill Clarke (set design), Anne Kennedy (costume design), Phil Monat (lighting design), Megan B. Henninger (sound design), and Andrea L. Shell (stage manager).

Performances will run through June 12.

For tickets and more information, click here.

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Closed: June 12, 2016