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Stages and Pages: Blind Date


I have never seen Rebecca Northan’s “Blind Date”, and neither have you. In fact, even if you’ve seen the play a dozen times, you haven’t really seen it. Each performance is freshly improvised: Mimi’s date doesn’t show up, and so a member of the audience volunteers to replace him/her – making each date only slightly less unpredictable than in real life! Northan’s show captures the excitement, the sexy serendipity, and the sweaty-palm anxiety of date night, while (most of) the audience gets to sit back and go along for a ride packed with surprise, delight, and recognition. This show is intended for adults, who can best appreciate the hope, hesitation, and horror of dating (and all the innuendo in between). No matter how many times you change your outfit, you won’t be prepared for this “Blind Date”, and you won’t regret it, either!


Please note that the 8:30 show on December 9 will be a Queer Blind Date, featuring Mimi selecting a feminine presenting audience member. The 8:30 show on December 16 will also be a Queer Blind Date, this time featuring Mathieu selecting a male presenting audience member.


Be sure to make your “Blind Date” from November 27-December 17, 2017!


Want to know more of what you might see? Check out a few examples here.


And have a browse through the reading list below for a 10-item glimpse of what the Ottawa Public Library has to offer on the subject of dating!



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As part of the Ottawa Public Library's “Stages and Pages” partnership with the Great Canadian Theatre Company, we have compiled this list to accompany the production of Blind Date, which opens at the GCTC on November 28, 2017.

  • Image: Improv Wisdom

    Improv Wisdom

    Don't Prepare, Just Show up
    By Madson, Patricia Ryan
    A book about learning to embrace and employ the unpredictability of life using classic improv theatre exercises. Drama teacher Patricia Ryan Madson encourages readers to develop new habits and learn to view their daily life with a fresh, more proactive perspective.
  • Image: It's Not You

    It's Not You

    27 (wrong) Reasons You're Single
    By Eckel, Sara
    An antidote to advice about changing your single status. Sara Eckel, author of the popular New York Times "Modern Love" column, dismantles unhelpful myths and reminds readers to trust their own knowledge of themselves in finding a partner - and not to worry about not being coupled. Available in print and eBook format.
  • Image: Love at First Swipe
    A documentary discussing mobile dating apps - with all the success, disappointment, shock, affection, and danger they entail. Available as streaming video via the OPL website.
  • Image: Date-onomics


    How Dating Became A Lopsided Numbers Game
    By Birger, Jon
    Business journalist Jon Birger expands on his theory of the "man deficit". A compelling argument that it's not you, it's market inefficiency! Available in print and eBook format.
  • Image: Dating and Sex

    Dating and Sex

    A Guide for the 21st Century Teen Boy
    By Smiler, Andrew P.
    A refreshingly balanced and up-to-date book aimed at teenaged boys, this includes topics like consent, gender roles/identity, emotional expression and intimacy, sexual identity/orientation, and what to do if you witness or experience sexual assault or abuse - as well as straightforward guides and definitions on sex and dating. Recommended.
  • Image: Autistics' Guide to Dating

    Autistics' Guide to Dating

    A Book by Autistics, for Autistics and Those Who Love Them or Who Are in Love With Them
    By Ramey, Emilia Murry
    A book for people on the autism spectrum as well as those in love or relationships with them. Both authors identify as being on the autism spectrum, and their discussions and advice are based on examples and familiar situations, always in a tone of encouragement and understanding.
  • Image: Bonk


    The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
    By Roach, Mary
    The inimitable Mary Roach brings her entertaining style of scientific analysis to the bedroom. An overview of what we know about sex - what we think we know about sex - and how science has helped or hindered along the way.
  • Image: Dating for Dads

    Dating for Dads

    The Single Father's Guide to Dating Well Without Parenting Poorly
    By Fisher, Ellie Slott
    A helpful guide recognising that single fathers can have as much difficulty re-entering the dating game as single mothers, and often go without emotionally supportive friendships to help them. Many tips on how single dads can learn to balance devotion to their kids with pursuing the romantic relationships they deserve. Available in eBook format.
  • Image: Mom, There's A Man in the Kitchen and He's Wearing your Robe

    Mom, There's A Man in the Kitchen and He's Wearing your Robe

    The Single Mother's Guide to Dating Well Without Parenting Poorly
    By Fisher, Ellie Slott
    Authored by a single parent, this book brings honesty and humour to the tricky business of a single mother re-entering the dating scene. Useful and direct, encouraging single mothers to respect their own needs and relationships even as their consider the needs of their children.
  • Image: Live Alone and Like It

    Live Alone and Like It

    The Classic Guide for the Single Woman
    By Roulston, Marjorie Hillis
    The ultimate guide to living a satisfactory life with yourself - and how to make room for others when it suits you. Never improved upon, Marjorie Hillis' wisdom from 1936 rings true. Remember that you're the only person you truly have to live with, in the end - so enjoy it!