‘Dating Sucks’ returns to the stage

Staff report


The Rust Belt Theater Company will bring back “Dating Sucks: The Musical” for another dose of romantic disappointment, with six performances over the next three weekends.

Written and directed by Robert Dennick Joki, with music by Josh Taylor, the comic revue-style show explores the peaks and pitfalls of modern dating, with cringeworthy, real-life dating stories and original songs.

A raunchy multimedia musical that leaves little to the imagination, “Dating Sucks” is updated each year to reflect the current dating climate.

Some of the favorite songs returning from last year include “High School Vampire Boyfriend,” “The Most Honest Love Song That You’ll Ever Hear,” “Friend Zone,” “Monogamy Is for Ugly People, “She Likes Cats,” “But Pirates” and “This Is My Fart Song.”

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

The cast includes Nicole Zayas, Kage Coven, Josh Fleming, Rachel Clifford, Janelle Yohman, Lisa Torrence, Alicia Royer, Madi Pomeroy, Wesley Miller, Tricia Terlesky, Celena Coven, Jessica Patoray, and Joki.

Curtain time is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with additional performances Feb. 16, 17, 23 and 24. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students and seniors). For reservations, call 330-507-2358. The theater is in Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave.

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