Trassh Productions touches a Nerve

Play explores the darkest, funniest first date ever



Susan (Kathryrn McCormack) and Elliot (Ian Mullan) are adorably quirky and cute. They’ve met online and are on their first date in a New York bar when things start to go hilariously wrong. Elliot, “a puppet-lover who hates rollercoasters”, keeps revealing disturbing tidbits about his obsessive personality, while the calmer, more collected Susan eventually admits to foibles including a “borderline personality disorder.” As the evening unwinds, so too do Elliot and Susan, passing from awkward banter to the all-important first kiss to declarations of love and finally to a tragic break-up. This is a dark and laugh-out-loud funny play. Staging this production in Tribecca adds a nice dose of realism, and gives the audience a voyeuristic feeling that fits with the themes of the play. In the end, this is not your average first-date-from-hell exploration, and Susan and Elliot are (hopefully) unlike anyone you know. But is it a blast spending the evening with them? Hell, ya!

November 17-19, Tribeca Bistro Bar, 1588 Granville Street, $10,, 7pm

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