Max Berry, Contributing Critic - New York City
“Do Me, Date Me, Dump Me” is a musical written by Steven Mitchell, with music by Leah Gray-Mitchell and Marianne Forti, centered around four women and their various dating mishaps as they try and meet people. This is done through monologues and songs centered around various dates and relationships that for a multitude of reasons, did NOT go well. It comments on dating tropes of today’s age of Tinder as well as some of the dating woes that have really never gone away, and does so in a fun, heartfelt, and hilarious way.
This show was a ton of fun. The four actresses had both great comedic timing and stellar vocal talent. I was often surprised when, after a while of laughing and joking, one of them lets loose with some incredible singing, and I am reminded that this is a musical as much as a comedy. The songs were funny and unexpected. When I thought I knew where a song was going, they would throw some unexpected lyric or subject and the whole room would be laughing. I would definitely buy the cast album if one was ever made available.
Often it was hard to tell how much of the show was planned and how much was improv, which is just a testament to how well these women worked together. Seeing their surprised reactions to a tray of drinks being spilled on themselves or a funny unexpected line, made the whole thing even more fun for an audience member because we got to laugh right along with them. They stayed in character the whole time too and that made it even better. Their improve skills were further showcased when dealing with the audience participation portion of the show. When the show began, everyone wrote their worst dating story on a card and three of them were chosen to be read out loud. The on the spot responses to these stories were just as funny as the rest of the show and the whole idea of reading the stories was such an enjoyable way to get the audience laughing together and having a good time.
“Do Me, Date Me, Dump Me” was a really fun show, that lets you laugh, not only at the woes of these characters, but at yourself as well. So,if you’re looking for a fun night out with friends, go to the Broadway Comedy Club, check out this show, and have a laugh. Because let’s face it, when it comes to dating, we’ve all been there. So why not laugh about it?
“Do Me, Date Me, Dump Me” was written by Steven Mitchell, with music by Leah Gray-Mitchell and Marianne Forti and directed, music directed, arranged, stage managed and featuring costume design by Steven Mitchell.
It featured: Alexandria Witzig, Kaitlyn Farley, Kamala Rose Sloss, Michelle Ireton, and Justice Rodriguez.
Choreographed and Co-directed by Anneliese Kappey.
With lighting and sound design by Jack Quint.
It ran at Broadway Comedy Club (318 W 53rd St, New York, NY).
For more information, go to www.datemedomedumpme.com