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*Interviews with real people about internet dating

So, you're single and looking for someone compatible, but the meat market bar scene is not your style and the office is off limits. What to do? Online dating, of course!

According to a recent survey, nearly one in three Internet users is surfing for dates. Projections put 2012 revenues for this market at over $1 billion.

Luciann Lajoie as Luci
Luciann Lajoie as Luci
Photo: Jennifer Davidson, Lucé
If you're interested in testing the waters, have an online dating story to share, or are simply looking for a thoroughly entertaining take on the scene, check out Luciann Lajoie's Date*, now running as part of the Denver Center Theatre Company's Off Center program, at the Jones Theatre, on the corner of Speer and Arapahoe.

Lajoie gathered stories from a variety of demographics—straight, gay, young, old, white, black, Hispanic, etc.—polished them up, and invited many of Denver's finest actors to make these real-life testimonials come to life via a well-produced series of video cameos (kudos to Charlie Miller for the spiffy videography and synched web screens) that add depth and verité to her one-woman tour de force.

Luci signs up
Luci signs up
Photo: Bonnie Arnold,
I Lie Over the Sea Photography
Lajoie (as Luci) is a compelling presence, telling her story—a composite of her own experiences, those of women she interviewed, and a bit of poetic license; that is, an artistic experience based on the truth—in a series of vignettes involving real-time recreations of her experiences with various free and pay-to-play online services, prepping for dates, and debriefing her ups and downs.

In covering the full spectrum of the online dating universe, Lajoie raises a host of interesting questions about the efficacy of online dating versus connections made in real time. For example, to what degree do our online personae reflect who we are? Must these market-oriented snapshots of ourselves be deconstructed to really make a connection with a potential partner? Does the synchronicity of a cyberspace event hold the same import as one played out face-to-face?

Getting ready for a date
Getting ready for a date
Photo: Bonnie Arnold,
I Lie Over the Sea Photography
Regardless of your take on these larger questions, Lajoie's wizened perspective and compassion for those who reach out via these specifically tailored social networks speaks directly to the heart. Most impressive is her concluding message, which gets to the core of meaningful human relationships.

Off Center's presentation of Date* runs through May 12th. For tickets: 303-893-4100 or www.denvercenter.org.

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