MODERN LOVE by Jessica Moss (Theatre Caravel). Factory Studio. See listing.
Times: January 12 at 5:15 pm, January 13 at 5:30 pm, January 14 at 7:15 pm, January 15 at 2:45 pm. Rating: NNNN
In Modern Love, Jessica Moss captures that particular irony of the contemporary singles scene: how can you have so many Facebook friends and yet feel so alone?
Her character, Trish, resorts to online dating to find a mate, which requires writing a suitable online profile and trolling through a series of unlikely matches. Eventually, she clicks with someone who seems to get her unique personality, but will they meet IRL?
Moss's script is funny and truthful, and director Eric Double stages things economically, getting great use out of Kyle Purcell's multimedia design, which includes a clever black-and-white silent film.
Trish's character could be further deepened, but Moss shows enormous range playing a half-dozen others, in one show-stopping section even enacting a Twitter conversation complete with dramatic hashtags.