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Rust Belt Theater brings back 'Dating Sucks'

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

Rust Belt Theater Company will bring back “Dating Sucks: The Musical” for a three-weekend run beginning Friday.

Written and directed by Robert Dennick Joki, with orchestration by Josh Taylor and choreography by Marisa Zamary, the revue-style musical explores the pitfalls of dating, with real dating stories and original songs.

Some of the favorite musical numbers returning from last year are “High School Vampire Boyfriend,” “The Kids Are Not At Home,” “The Most Honest Love Song That You’ll Ever Hear,” “Friend Zone,” “Call Me Rapey,” “Monogamy is for Ugly People,” “The Best Christmas is Christmas Without You” and “Bars and Legs.”

Several new songs have been written for this year’s production, including “She Likes Cats,” “But Pirates” and “Love Is an Open Sore.”

The show also features dialog taken directly from online dating profiles and mobile dating app conversations.

“The show highlights the good, the bad, and the ugly of modern dating,” said Joki. “It’s a raunchy multimedia musical that leaves little to the imagination. Viewer discretion is advised.”

The cast includes Marisa Zamary, Nicole Zayas, Starr McClure, David Cirelli, Kage Coven, Erica Perna, Aeden Hnida, Rachel Clifford and Joki.

There will be a reception after the opening-night performance. For reservations, call 330-507-2358.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and again Feb. 20, 21, 27 and 28.

Rust Belt Theater is in Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., just west of downtown.