Diary of a Dating Addict
A non-revelatory but lyrically amusing trip through the dating game
This article is from 2015.
One-woman's adventures in the dating world is a simple and oft-used comedy premise especially in the age of internet dating. But Maddy Anholt succeeds in drawing you in with the sheer warmth of her personality. You want to her to find happiness whether it be with a fella or without (or sat in someone's hedge outside their house).
She's 27 and feeling the weight of 30 looming with her body clock ticking (though not that loudly to be honest, love: ease up on yourself). To anyone who has zoomed way past 30, it might seem a little young to be worrying, but nevertheless it's a recognisable milestone that everyone has to pass through. So, Anholt presents four of the idiots she's been on a date with in the last year: two knuckleheads, a child and an ice-cream man. All are convenient stereotypes with easily discernible accents to enable Anholt to bring them to life effectively.
Though the show doesn't offer anything particularly new on the topic, it’s impeccably and lyrically performed. Gently amusing rather than guffaw-inducing, Diary of a Dating Addict is still nicely written with a fair few celebs who've recently featured in the headlines dropped in there to ensure its freshness.
Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, until 31 Aug (not 17), 1.30pm, £9–£9.50 (£7.50–£8).