It was many years ago now (we’re talking a blissful pre-pandemic), but two things stand out to me from the time I saw Spontaneous Theatre’s Blind Date. One, star Tess Degenstein’s incredible ability to stay in innocent, poker-faced character. Two, my friend’s hilarious bout of secondhand embarrassment as she watched the show unfold.
This one-woman improv show is turned on its head by taking audience participation to a whole new level. Each night, single-and-looking-for-love Mimi invites an audience member onstage to go on a first date with her. The result is deliciously wacky, involving everything from improv and theatre to clowning as Mimi does her best to impress and get to know her date (who becomes a vital part of the show).
It’s a laugh-through-the-discomfort kind of thing, but it’s all in good fun. And while I saw it at the Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, the show is back in Vancouver (after sold-out stops in New York, the West End of London, and Toronto) for a limited run at Tightrope Theatre on Main.
With Mimi played alternatingly by Degenstein and Ali Froggatt, and each night bringing up a different victim—er, date—onto the stage, this is one show you could truly go to again and again and get a different (hilarious) result every time.
When: December 5 to 23
Where: Tightrope Theatre
Tickets: Available online