Tony 'n' Tina have been taking their vows for eight years now. And it's been two years since Grandma Sylvia bit the dust. But this season, audience participation assumes a new dimension with the Off-`Broadway show Blind Dates, Bad Dances, Personal Ads & The Hamptons, a satire of the New York Jewish singles scene.
In asking audiences to grieve at Grandma Sylvia's Funeral and celebrate Italian-American nuptial rites in Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding, these intrepid acting troupes popularized an innovative form of theatre. For the price of admission, their patrons acquired a bizarre extended family, a tasty meal, and the chance to ham it up, chatting in-character with the cast.
This new production boasts "a hilarious cast of Jewish impersonators" (whatever that might mean). Andrea Kolb, of Grandma Sylvia's, will host select performances, and participants are reminded to bring a pen, presumably for all those phone numbers they'll be collecting.
Blind Dates... will be performed Oct. 10 at the Ballroom of the Lincoln Square Synagogue, and on October 19 at The Warwick Hotel, both in Manhattan. Information, tickets and, just maybe, a love connection, may be found by calling (212) 717-0579.
-- By Kevin W. Reardon