Are relationships about Dick or Date?

Lilian Tshabalala with Momo Matsunyane and Kitty Moepang, the cast in Dick or Date? /Supplied
Lilian Tshabalala with Momo Matsunyane and Kitty Moepang, the cast in Dick or Date? /Supplied

Dick or Date? Is this not what relationships are about these days? It's either you date or have a sexual relationship. This is what the show Dick or Date? that had a brief run at Popart Theatre in Maboneng, Johannesburg, interrogates.

The sold-out play ran from February 21 to 24.

Dick or Date? is a collaboration between Momo Matsunyane and Lillian Tshabalala.

It is an exciting dramatic comedy that sparks critical conversations around sex and relationships. Watching the show, private becomes public.

The play is about whether it's possible to find true love in what is called online dating. It looks at the complexity of relationships; whether people are dating or just want intimacy.

It seeks to show that there are challenges, for both men and women, when it comes to dating in the 21st century.

The show takes you on a funny and interesting love trip with three close friends; social media fanatic Nelly (Tshabalala), Ashley (Kitty Moepang), a privileged young woman who exclusively dates white men, and Maggie (Matsunyane), a sex maniac who doesn't believe in real love and turns down an opportunity to get married. She brags about having one-night stands and sex in different cars.

On the other side, Ashley AKA Cheese Girl is struggling to come to terms with the break-up with her long-time white boyfriend. The reason she dates white men only is because they do not shout your name across the street.

Nelly, a strong believer of online dating, does not believe that her man can cheat. The play poses questions about whether "perfect men" do exist? If they do exist, where do you find them?

Dick or Date? is definitely not suitable for an under-age audience because the language is crude. You can catch it at The Market Theatre Laboratory in Joburg from March 12 to 17.

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