Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. The February holiday is a divisive one: some lucky lovers canoodling with their craft cocktails and movie nights; the other side, well, it’s not as amorous. The Goodman Theatre is setting out to romanticize the single life in The Matchmaker, a jolly 1955 classic which set the foundation for the Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! (and you know how much we love musicals). The Thornton Wilder play mashes up curmudgeon widower Horace Vandergelder with larger-than-life matchmaker Dolly Levi and all the wacky and wild mishaps that happen in pursuit of L-O-V-E. In 2016, the idea of an old-fashioned matchmaker seems antiquated, but with a recent study by WalletHub ranking Chicago as one of the worst cities to be single—we came in a whopping 133 out of 150!—maybe some old fashioned love potion number nine isn’t the worst we could try.
We turned off Tinder, Grindr and any of our other dating apps ending in -er sounds, and instead turned to The Goodman’s The Matchmaker cast who are currently in rehearsal for the jovial play in hopes of getting some solid dating advice (and a little more info on the characters they play in the process). What we found? The Good, The Bad and The Sultry!
BEHZAD DABU (A)
Role: Barnaby Tucker, the wide-eyed apprentice looking for adventure
Relationship Status: Single
Worst dating experience?
It was a blind date via Tinder and we were talking about the fact that we both have family in India. We found out that we knew a few of the same people and went to the same wedding when we were younger. Thanks to Facebook, we found out we were cousins and we clearly weren’t going forward with this. READ MORE >>