(Not speaking from personal experience or anything.) Or, how many times have you fallen for someone’s personality in real life, but known that if you saw their photo on Tinder you’d definitely, brutally, swipe left?
The majority of the daters at speed dating were new to the city, which makes sense -- you’re overwhelmed by the amount of people, you feel a little lost, and you want to meet someone easily.
It’s hard to imagine longtime New Yorkers signing up for speed dating, but maybe the transplants have the right idea.
You wouldn’t get that at speed dating in Kansas, and certainly not at a bar in Bushwick.
As New Yorkers, we’re constantly complaining that a city with over 8 million people can feel so ridiculously lonely.
At the very least, it’s nice to know there are still those out there who believe enough in finding love (or at least second date) to dress up on a Monday night to sit in a Union Square hotel restaurant and have a conversation with strangers -- without an app, and without being six beers deep.
‘Yeah, it was really good fun.’ I quote Tim, the erstwhile ‘non-actor’ among us, after making his highly effective stage debut in Dubai at the biggest ten-minute play festival in the world. Just one of the unexpectedly wonderful things that came out of writing, directing and performing at this year’s Short Sweet Festival of Theatre.At the end of the event, you pick the top people you were interested in and return the card.Should there be any mutual matches, the organizers of the event will put you two in touch.We did just great, making it through to the Wildcards final at The Junction theatre and tying second place with some worthy contenders.Way better than I could possibly have imagined several months back, when I found myself staring at a blank screen, a plateful of biscuits within reach, waiting for inspiration to strike. In September 2016, a bunch of us signed up to learn the basics of ten-minute playwriting from Alex Broun, a master at the craft of the short play and much else.After I was sure enough that the people at the restaurant were there for speed dating, I rose from the bar, took a seat on the ladies’ side of the tables, and waited for my first prospective match made in heaven. Women sit on one side of the table while men rotate from seat to seat in front of them. After five minutes, the men move to the next seat, and so on.