I like this. I have a 'friend' who often forces me to buy them a ticket to either the popular or romantic shows (and always pays, kindly) and then cancels a day or two ahead, so I have to ask someone else if they'd like a day at the theatre like, say, that nice young lady into whose good books I've been trying to get...
My problem (or one of my many problems), and I'm sure the problem of many others here, is it's easy to find people who 'like' theatre, but the people I know who like theatre go maybe bimonthly at most to big shows or big stars. Spending all your money to see things, often solo, is kind of an unattractive characteristic, especially as if my prospective other half didn't want to see something I'd go without her. The best thing I've seen in 2014 is Lisa Dwan in a poorly titled Beckett trilogy and raving about that just makes me sound like a smartarse. Ask a lady to Phantom and she'll say yes, ask her to Urinetown and something tells me that'll be the test. I have been to the theatre on the occasional date but more often than not I end the evening not thinking "What a lovely lady, I can't wait to see her again" but "What a good show, can't wait for my next trip!" and I can't help but feel that often I fall down in the dating game by seeing something with someone and then going alone and accidentally giving a signal that I'm a selfish pretentious smartarse. Which I am, but I try and hide that from the ladies.
You know, it's Valentine's Day soon. Let's all report back here with good news after that. Last Valentine's Day I saw an Ionesco at the Barbican, alone. I think I'm doing it wrong.
Incidentally, with my ticket-buying buddy, it generally ends with me not on a date but next to an empty seat or, Frasier and Niles like, falling back on my brother. Dating's a bloody pain, isn't it?