Dating: Adults Embracing Failure - Theatre Review

Review by Bill Garry

Nichols and May. Stiller and Meara. Lanzet and Voeltner. You know the first two sets of names as legendary male/female comedy teams. Let me introduce the third -- Josh Lanzet and Lindy Voeltner --  who have what it takes to also become comedy legends, judging from their Fringe show, "Dating: Adults Embracing Failure," now in an extended run on Hollywood's Theatre Row.

This two-person show, written by Ms. Voeltner and Mr. Lanzet and directed by Andy Eninger, is a scripted series of sketches about fresh and/or tired and/or true romance. There's the sagas of the Kung Pao Chicken couple, the Crossword Puzzle Couple, and the Subway Busker couple.  And a hilarious series of rapid-fire pick-up and break-up lines (including audience participation) -- all performed with great chemistry, comic energy, singing talent, and sweetness. The laughs come from simple, honest conflicts that everyone who has ever been in a relationship can relate to.  

Ms. Voeltner, Mr. Lanzet, and Mr. Eninger are talented mid-Westerners who have extensive credits in the Chicago Improv scene.  The show, however, does not include any of the danger and spontaneity of Improv.  It's actually a little 60s (shades of Ozzy and Harriet; some weird filler about mimes, believe it or not) and a little vanilla (no heat; no adult language.) A little raunch and roll would have added some spice -- and danger -- to balance out the sugar.

Lanzet and Voeltner are easy to fall in love with.  But the choppy, regimented, blackout staging gets in the way; transitional patter would have been more satisfying. 

Like the legends before them, Lanzet and Voeltner are more night club act than stage show.  They would make great late-night talk show guests (are you listening, Jimmy, Jimmy and Stephen?) 

And one more thing: the name, " Dating: Adults Embracing Failure" doesn't really represent the sweet, positive comedy of the show, nor the chemistry between Mr. Lanzet and Ms. Voeltner. These up-and-coming comedy legends deserve top billing.

Thursday nights at 8 PM

thru September 3, 2015

The Hudson Guild Theatre

6539 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, 90038

Tickets are $20 and available at

Posted By Bill Garry on August 26, 2015 05:09 pm | Permalink