Bad Dates - a Good Comedy from Olney Theatre Center
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Shakespeare saved his best for last: his final play, The Tempest, is his most magical and engrossing tale. It follows the adventures of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle abounding with fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance. When a shipwreck delivers Prospero's enemies to the island, the plot thickens as his beloved daughter falls for one of the castaways. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket and enjoy this outdoor production from the Olney Theatre Center at the Root Family Stage. In celebration of the 65th anniversary of the National Players -- OTC's touring company of young professional actors -- celebrated National Player "veterans" will compose half the cast while current company members will take the younger roles. See event description for more details. Learn More
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The performance was excellent, but the play was lacking
It does show the psychological progression of hopeful to desperate in a woman who dates indiscriminately and gets inappropriate men who
cause her pain. Watching her repeat her mistakes is...continued
Get ready to laugh out loud all evening long as single mom Haley Walker reflects on her trails and tribulations of reentering the dating scene. “It is flat out funny,” said Director Lee Mikeska Gardner. “But it is also thoroughly entertaining.”
Written by award-winning playwright Teresa Rebeck, Bad Dates follows Haley Walker, a divorced single mom with a love of shoes, who moves from Texas to New York City and reenters the dating scene. Haley confides in her 600 pairs of shoes as a string of rotten romances, Tibetan Buddhists, and even the Romanian Mafia all get in the way of finding Mr. Right. Could it be the only man fit for Haley is Jimmy Choo?
In addition to being a comedy, Bad Dates is also a compelling and universal story for, by, and about women. “Every woman has gone through what Haley Walker has: fear, disappointment, and uncertainty; but also success, growth, and love. It is very life affirming,” Gardner said.
Even though Bad Dates is an intimate one woman play, it is still has a lot going on. “The world in Bad Dates is populated by lots of off-stage characters. There are shoes all everywhere and the set is bright and full of color,” Gardner said. “It is very energetic.”
The energetic Haley Walker will be performed by Melissa Flaim. Flaim is a local actress, educator, vocal coach, and has known and worked with Gardner for the past 15 years. She received her MFA in Acting and Directing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her BA in Theatre and French from the Pennsylvania State University. Melissa teaches Voice/Shakespeare Text at The Catholic University of America. Her acting credits include Learning Curves (dir.Lee Mikeska Gardner) and Triumph of Love for Washington Shakespeare Company; As You Like It and Twelfth Night at The Shakespeare Project; and Angels in America Parts One and Two at Signature Theatre (also with Ms. Gardner) Melissa is a founding member of the Educational Theatre Company.
Making her Olney directing debut, is Lee Mikeska Gardner. She is no stranger to the campus however, as she spent last summer playing Nina in Brooklyn Boy. Other acting credits include Grete in Sign Unseen and half a dozen productions with Potomac Theatre Project, including playing Patricia Preece in Stanley (Helen Hayes nomination). Lee’s varied and eclectic directing career includes Fat Men In Skirts, Life During Wartime (Helen Hayes nomination), The Gene Pool, Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (Helen Hayes nomination), Watbanaland, Stop Kiss, The Chinese Art of Placement, Fuddy Meers, and After Ashley (Helen Hayes nomination), all for Woolly Mammoth, where she served as an Artistic Associate for a decade. Lee has earned three additional Helen Hayes nominations for acting and has won for her portrayal of Mary in Charter Theatre’s A House in the Country.
About the Ticket Supplier: Olney Theatre CenterLocated just north of Washington, D.C. in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center for the Arts offers a diverse array of professional productions year-round that enrich, nurture and challenge a broad range of artists, audiences and students. One of two state theaters of Maryland, OTC is situated on 14 acres in the heart of the beautiful Washington-Baltimore-Frederick "triangle," within easy access of all three cities.
An award-winning regional theater, Olney Theatre Center operates under an Actors' Equity Association Council of Stock Theaters (COST) contract, one of only three theaters in the country to operate under such a contract.
In addition to its mainstage season, which emphasizes 20th-century American classics, new works, area premieres, reinterpretations of classics and musical theater, OTC offers a wide range of programs and affiliations including: National Players, America's longest running classical touring company (since 1949), which performs for high school and college audiences in over 25 states; Potomac Theatre Project, which offers experimental and alternative plays that explore provocative and challenging human situations, ideas and visions; special school performances of mainstage shows; a free Summer Shakespeare Festival; and post-show discussions.