We want to hear from YOU! As we get ready to open the one-woman hilarious comedy Bad Dates, we’re realizing that this topic is something we ALL can relate to. Blind dates, no shows, moochers, stealers, heart-breakers — you name it, we want to hear about it.
To help bring back your own memories (that we’re sure you were trying to forget), we’ve asked the Fox Valley Rep team to reflect on their own bad dates experiences. Enjoy reading and laughing, and in turn we’ll enjoy reading yours just the same. Ready, set, blog!!
Bad Dates’ Lauren Pizzi Blogs about her “Awesome” Night Out
I had been dating a guy here in Chicago for about 4 months, and because of our crazy schedules we had been on very few proper dates. On one April evening, we both had the night off and he planned a night on the town. I was so excited to change out of my slumfy grad school actor sweats and put on some heels! I was dressed and ready to go when, “Spike” we’ll call him, called and said he would be a few minutes late. “No problem!” I said, trying to be the carefree girlfriend who is so fabulous and flexible that punctuality is not anywhere near the top of my list for an ideal mate (it is though, be on time, seriously!). After 45 minutes of me checking my facebook and reapplying lip gloss, Spike finally showed up with a flimsy explanation; something about a phone call to a buddy in crisis- if I said that, it would be true, but coming from this sly Texan I was suspicious. However, I deserved a great date, so I let it go. He took me to a charming, old school Italian restaurant on the West Side. It smelled of garlic, the maitre d’ spoke with an accent and the flowers on the table were real. I was thinking the night was turning around. Our food arrived and as I was about to dig in to my meal (in a flirtatious Lady and the Tramp kind of way) I heard a familiar voice. I looked up to find my date’s best friend suddenly sliding into the booth next to me! I looked at Spike in disbelief and reacted with, “Clark, loves this place!” After we had exchanged a few pleasantries and Clark had picked off my plate, he made his exit. If only the date had ended here, but alas, no. We talked about Clark’s wonderful qualities for the next twenty minutes and then we began to talk about the difference between men and women. This is dangerous territory even between friends, let alone people beginning a relationship. I was smart enough to let Spike talk and not interject too much reality into the conversation. Spike spouted a diatribe that began with how “awesome” I was and ended with a confession that monogamy wasn’t really his “thing.” My response was, “that’s cool, it kinda is my thing, thanks for trying it for a while, check please!!” It was a quiet ride home.
–Lauren Pizzi, Bad Dates actor
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