We’re all too familiar with the narrative infrastructure of ODC Theater’s latest musical, OMFG: Lonely man meets lonely woman. They flirt. They exaggerate their case for why they’d make ideal companions. True identities are revealed. Love is in the balance.
Once upon a time these types of encounters were the marked territory of contrived rom-com cinema, but the veils and deceptions of the Internet have made everyone with a laptop a potential author of such yarns. All the virtual world is a stage (too), the perfect place to ignore what we see in the mirror. So people bend the truth and hide insecurities as best they can. Until they can’t anymore.
The nominations for the 63rd annual Tony Awards were just announced and even if you had seen most of the nominated plays -- and gave a fig -- the Tonys broadcast is not exactly must-see TV. (It’s June 7, if you must know.)
A not half bad alternative: rent the movie versions! This year, some of the top Broadway nominees are actually movicals – stage musicals based on movies.