The Fast Forward Revue

Toronto Fringe Review: Death to Dating by E. Sempé


Fast Forward Rating: FFF (3 out of 5)


Three funerals, and no wedding. Thus is the premise of Death to Dating, a musical comedy that tells the story of Lorene, a social idiot with a phobia of being alone. As a result of her fears of perpetual singledom, the self-interested Lorene viciously preys on cute unattached men – and for the purposes of this play: the unlucky Luke.

Luke is the handsome cousin of Lorene’s best friend Julie; and she meets him quite conveniently at his aunt’s funeral. Their meeting is brief, but Lorene is convinced that she has found her soul mate. Over the course of the play, passion and tension escalate, as she proceeds desperately to acquire Luke’s telephone number. It is at this point that Lorene must ask herself the obvious question: “Who do I have kill to get Luke’s number?” Perhaps not as obviously, a string of deaths ensue, confirming any initial suspicions that the astute audience member may have harboured: not only is this woman very annoying, she is also insane.

The strong performance of Lorene is backed by four clockwork chorus members, who provide a well-devised back-buzz to the protagonist’s rants and robust singing voice. Effectively funny, with just the right amount of bite, the play reminds us all that “you’re not alone when you have thirty pairs of shoes.” All in all, Death to Dating definitely ensures an entertaining sixty minutes – and quite literally succeeds in putting the “fun” in “funeral.”


Death to Dating is playing at the following times at the Factory Theatre Mainspace, 125 Bathurst St. (Bathurst & Adelaide):

Saturday July 5th, 7:30pm
Monday July 7th, 5:00pm
Tuesday July 8th, 1:15pm
Wednesday July 9th, 9:15pm
Friday July 11th, 5:45pm
Saturday July 12th, 11:30pm

Tickets: $10.00
Fringe Hotline: (416) 966-1062


For more information visit the Toronto Fringe website.


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