Bad Dates

By Theresa Rebeck

Directed by Peggy Trecker White

Confessions of a single mother and self-described restaurant idiot-savant abound in this thoroughly charming, intoxicating and slyly sweet one-woman show. This idiosyncratic journey of self-discovery involves the Romanian mob, a Buddhist rainstorm, a teenage daughter, shoes, and quite a few very bad dates. 

Featuring Megan Bowers

Performances: December 12-16, 2018. Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 PM. Sunday Matinee 2:00 PM.

SoundWaves, 7 Lagoon Rd on the south end of Hilton Head Island by Coligny Plaza.

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Once, every now and then, every element necessary to take a theatrical production to the very top comes together on every level, and the result is a first-rate outcome.

That unusual phenomenon occurred Wednesday night at a preview presentation of the Lean Ensemble’s one-woman comedy “Bad Dates.”

The story by playwright Theresa Rebeck, the direction by Peggy Trecker White and the performance by featured actor — the only actor — Megan Bowers were totally on the mark. Supported impressively by the Lean Ensemble theater professionals, who saw to the scenic, costume, lighting and sound design, this production simply soared.

The script, the comic storyline eloquently crafted with extreme success by playwright Theresa Rebeck, entertained, amused and delighted. Through it all, we felt the impact of the start-to-finish creative interpretation, careful cosseting and cutting-edge attentions of director White. She clearly saw to the details of this over-the-top, theatrical experience.

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Had a few bad dates in your life? Lean Ensemble Theater has the perfect play for you

The Island Packet

Megan Bowers wants you to know that she’s been on some very bad dates.

And who hasn’t?

The lush who weeps into his beer about his ex and then sticks you with the check.

The date who spends the evening, his face aglow in the light from his cell phone, texting other girlfriends.

The guy who announces he only likes blondes —-and you’re brunette.

The would-be Romeo who slips the bistro’s silverware into his pockets.

The thirty-something Bowers, a veteran of sketch and improv comedy, found that her sense of humor along with improv techniques have helped her navigate her own journey through the rocky terrain of romance. And both her on- and off-stage experience are what makes the actress perfect for Lean Ensemble Theater’s December production of the funny one-woman show “Bad Dates” by Theresa Rebeck.

Bowers plays Haley Walker, a single mom who had pressed the hold button on her romantic life while building a successful restaurant career and raising her daughter Vera. But now that Vera’s a teenager, Haley has decided to plunge back into the dating minefield. As she obsesses about her wardrobe and worries about how to look sexy but not slutty, she encounters a rogue’s gallery of oddball suitors — among them a weirdo bug guy and a colon-focused suitor.

Meanwhile her work life grows complicated as a thieving busboy and Romanian mobsters who “cook the restaurant’s books” leading to a brush with the law.

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A Preview of the 2018/2019 Season

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