Looking for Showmance in Los Angeles: A Night at The Wallis
9 cities. 18 singles. 9 blind dates. Introducing our Looking for Showmance Series, where we send two singles to meet for the first time, attend a show together, and document their experiences. Will a Showmance be sparked?
We set up two LA singles to experience 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips at The Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts, followed by post-show drinks at our AfterParty @ The Wallis event. Read on to find out how the evening went!
Matt has been living in Los Angeles since 2009, and he’s pursuing a career in television writing while working as a production assistant on an animated sitcom. He believes that great things happen when you least expect them!
What are your expectations for this blind date?
“Though we’ve all been on Tinder dates, I’ve never been on a completely “blind” date. All the pre-date googling and Instagram stalking can sometimes get in the way of building an organic connection, and I’m looking forward to switching things up. And if right guy comes along, I just hope he really loves Beyonce.”
How do you feel about theater?
“I’ve been to a handful of shows in LA. I recently saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch and absolutely loved it! I like both musicals and dramas, but I don’t attend plays nearly as often as I should.”
The night of Matt’s date, we learned that blind dating is just like live theater; it’s unpredictable and anything can happen! Unfortunately, Matt’s date missed some cues and didn’t make it to the show that night. But the show must go on, so afterwards we caught up with Matt to get his take on the solo theatergoing experience.
What were your expectations going into the blind date?
“I had never been on a blind date before, so I was a little nervous. When it comes to dating, a friend of mine recently pointed out that I often expect things to go wrong before they’ve even begun. She’s since acknowledged that I was pretty spot-on this time.
I’m not totally closed off to going on a blind date in the future, but this definitely made me more appreciative of social media, Google, and all the homework one usually does before a first date.”
How did you feel about the riding solo once the curtain went down?
“In the moments leading up to the show, I had plenty of time to realize the evening would probably not go according to plan. By the time the lights went down, I was honestly pretty content with riding solo! Work had been especially trying that day, so the alone time was a nice change of pace. I’d compare it to the thrill of catching a red-eye flight and realizing you have the entire row to yourself.”
What did you think of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips?
“I really didn’t know what to expect, but the show was heartwarming and fun. 946 is not afraid to touch upon issues such as race, gender, and equality, and the coming-of-age story is touching and rewarding.
Katy Owen’s portrayal of Lily Tregenza was by far my favorite aspect of the show. Her acting was filled with humor and heart, and her physical comedy made the audience laugh out loud on several occasions. The set design was also really impressive!”
Would you recommend 946 to friends (or dates)?
“I can’t really speak to whether or not it’s a good show for a “date night” but I would definitely tell my friends to go see it. In many ways, it reminded me of the stage production of Matilda.” Additionally, The Wallis is a beautiful venue in the middle of Beverly Hills and a great place to spend a night out in LA.”
If you want to experience 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips for yourself (or bring along a date!) you can save on tickets with TodayTix. Need more Showmance in your life? Follow along as we document the dates of 9 couples across the globe here.