Let me preface this by raising my hand and saying never have I ever attended a singles event. Manhattan’s chock full of them but why the need at such a young age? After attending Roslyn Hart’s recent performance of “Never Sleep Alone” at Joe’s Pub, I can now say I was thrown into speed dating without any choice in the matter. Famous for her knee-slapper cabaret comedy, Hart’s latest character is Dr. Alex Schiller, a foul-mouthed sex therapist who wants to make a connection with her patients and get them all laid. As we all know, Manhattan isn’t the easiest place to date and Schiller is here to provide inspiration to get out of your head and into the bed.
With an upcoming release of her latest novel, Get Laid or Die Trying, Dr.Schiller is on a promotional tour to provide inspiration for those in dire need of a bed-mate. Unsure of your sexuality? Wanting to head over to the girl at the bar but don’t know how to sound like a total tool? Schiller has the answer to everything, fully provided through song and audience participation. After taking my seat, I was put through a survey ringer from one of Schiller’s “colleagues,” who happened to also snag my drink order(so talented!), and handed a colored mask based on my answers. Detailed to the point of “single gay man without any hang-ups,” there’s a mask for every person with or without partner; think of OkCupid! minus the computer screen. Detailing how the book works, Dr. Schiller puts selected audience members through the ringer, dishing up a clever re-imagining of the abbreviations we are all familiar with; for example, N.S.A. and D.T.F. get the Schiller treatment. High hilarity ensued based solely from sheer awkward interaction, Hart’s ability for improvisation shoulder garner her at least an audition for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” One part Lisa Kudrow on “Web Therapy,” two part kosher and a dash of Kristen Wiig, Hart’s Schiller is a fire-cracker that all of us could definitely learn from; go bold or go home and try again is how she treats each case.
Questioning whether or not this singles event has any effectivity? There’s been such well-reception, Joe’s Pub has her scheduled in weekly starting in March. If you’re looking for a night filled with unadulterated comedy, Hart’s quick comebacks provide more than the worth of your ticket and two-drink minimum. I even swapped numbers with somebody I labeled “Hotlanta.” Needless to say, he never called…
Here’s a taste of what you’d be getting yourself into with Miss Roslyn Hart (here as “Shell”):