You want a first date to be memorable, intimate, and unique. That’s why you should ditch the slick Hollywood production and instead head down to whatever local theater group around you got up the funding to stage a production. You’ll have a more memorable time in an intimate setting. Here’s the date night breakdown of a play versus a movie.
Some films are instant classics, and you always remember who you first saw them with. Most films are not. Most films are an entertaining two hours, and that’s about it. You might re-watch in a couple years, but usually once is enough. Unless you’re certain that the film you’re taking her to see is going to be the most talked about film of the year, assume that you won’t be making any serious memories. How many films have you seen in the theater and can’t remember now?
Plays, on the other hand, are usually not forgettable. Whether you love them or loathe them, they’re not often easy to overlook. Even a local theater production will be full of quirks and mistakes to mock, and it will in and of itself be a memory more interesting than yet another trip to the movies.
The play is more personal than a movie. You’re in an audience of real people, watching real people on stage. You can’t have a (very effective) car chase on stage. You can’t have a (very effective) explosion. Things can’t be resolved by a helicopter raining SWAT members down from the top of a skyscraper. These are all generally considered reasons to avoid plays and watch movies, but for a date the small scale intimacy is perfect. You’re not just watching a play; you’re part of a personalized experience. Small theaters – small audience, doing something that will make her feel cultured and sophisticated.
It’s Fun to Hate Bad Plays
Hating bad films is only fun if they’re extremely bad, so bad that they’re good. Hating bad plays is fun all the time. Whether you want to go for dinner afterwards and expound upon how you could have improvised a better play than that or just mock some character’s horribly dramatic acting, you can do that with a play. With a movie, it’s either good or it’s forgettable. With a play, it’s good or it’s bad enough that you can remember and complain about it. This makes it memorable. It makes the time you spend talking about it memorable. It’s a win-win situation.