If you’re on the fence about online dating, OK Stupid’s Secret Math Lab might encourage you to shackle your laptop and keep your romantic exploits limited to the offline variety.
The play is a one-hour romp of everything putrid about online dating, specifically the formulaic approach taken by questionnaire-based matchmaking sites like OKCupid.
Lucy Lee (Colleen Sproull) is a lonely, thirty-year old federal employee whose guilty pleasures include snacking on Twizzlers and whose quirks include “not really being into Mexican food.” Lee’s singledom has reached destitute levels one weekend night when she stays home to tackle piles of laundry, and through some act of divine intervention, a human embodiment of a computer program named Al Gorithm (Chris Andersen) apparates in her living room with the goal of saving Lucy’s love life.
Al convinces Lucy to join the popular dating site OKStupid, which she does, reluctantly. Al is assisted by a high-energy team of his minions, Razz (Donta Hensley), Wanda (Morgan Sendek), Victoria (Rebecca Korn) and Larry (Ben Church). Tice Rust plays Matt, the nice, normal guy who ends up being Lucy’s 97 percent match—which, due to her perfectionist tendencies–may not be enough.
OK Stupid’s Secret Math Lab
by Erin Bylander
at Fort Fringe – Bedroom
612 L Street NW
Washington, DC, 20001
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The series of hilarious mishaps that follow are all too relatable with those that have been through the unique social experiment that is online dating.
From the intense decision-making involved in picking your profile photo (lovely mountain landscape, or epic cleavage?) to saying all the wrong things during your first online chat, OKStupid could just as easily be seen as a worst-case scenario handbook for online dating.
Lucy Lee makes all the common online dating mistakes and then some, and the end-result is a hilariously relatable foray into digital romance.