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Original BUA show explores dating in the age of Grindr

The strange new world of digital dating for gay men in the age of the iPhone gets a hard look in Todd Warfield’s original production “Load More Guys,” which opens in a Buffalo United Artists production Feb. 19 in the Alleyway Theatre (1 Curtain Up Alley).

The play, whose title is based on a prompt from the popular gay dating and hookup app Grindr, promises to explore “men, monogamy, and our desperate need to conform to a heterosexual construct of love.” The sure-to-be risque affair, replete with “dramatic scenes, monologues, music video and drag performance,” stars Michael Seitz, Tyler Brown, Joey Bucheker, Sean Marciniak, Aaron Mrowka, Sean Murphy, David Spychalski and Bebe Bvlgari.

Warfield says many of the stories in the show are inspired by real-life encounters.

“Some is fictionalized, but most has a truth to it,” he said. “The quote by Camus, ‘I’ve only written a tenth of what I know, and they’re already screaming,’ in particular spoke to me.” Warfield added that he also drew inspiration from Madonna’s hard-edged lyrics and from BUA’s 2012 production of “Tru,” in which writer Truman Capote (played by Christopher Standart) exhorts his followers to “write what they know.”

Tickets to the show, which runs through March 12, are $15 to $25. Call 886-9239 or visit buffalobua.org.

-Colin Dabkowski

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