How to be a Modern Woman

Being a woman in this day and age is indeed no simple task, but dating in the 55+ category is a whole other challenge. Backed by 'The Heart-ons', Kristen Lawler takes the audience on a journey through the treacherous world of online dating, which she herself doesn't seem to have figured out just yet. She wonders if it's possible to find true love online, but fails to dig into the nitty gritty of awkward dating truths, instead settling for username puns whilst (often) mistaking an old Nokia ringtone for a Tinder notification.

The structure of the show is simple. Banter, song, banter, song. But somehow without a proper foundation, the show really falls short of the mark. Instead of unearthing embarrassing, engaging, and what I would've hoped to be deliciously cringe-worthy truths about the dark side of online dating, the show feels like the glorified bedroom singing sesh of an out-of-work musician. The backing band are very skilled, but truth be told, the show lacked true direction.

Perhaps if it hadn't have been a smorgasbord of musical genres scattered between the chatty dialogues it could've been an enjoyable night. We darted between toe-tapping jazz classics like "Fever", all the way to Alicia Key's "Falling", which did not play to the singer's strengths nor really fit the flow of the show. Sia's "Chandelier" was the low-point, and majority of the song choices really didn't connect to the 'storyline' of the performance.

The general demographic was of the older generation, and they seemed to have a good time. There were some big laughs and some hearty applause from their tables, which had myself and my companions somewhat confused. The addition of the drag-queen character was the highlight of the entire performance which gripped young and old alike. Unfortunately, Candy's appearance was brief, and should've been there all along, providing glittery comic relief.

My main beef with the show is that it is out of touch with its central theme. Kristen talked about the perils and pitfalls of negotiating today's online dating world, but her references were distinctly of the early 2000's. Writing a whole show about wanting to find love on Tinder, then in the same breath shaming young people for their escapades, just doesn't sit well.

This show really needs to go back to the drawing-board and decide what it would like to be. Either a night of musical covers dedicated to a specific genre of music OR a witty banter-filled evening with Candy running the show. However, when the musical director's banter is more lit than that of the chief performer, you know you're in trouble. Overall, it definitely fell shy of the mark. I'm swiping left on this one.

★★