This ‘Dating’ isn’t hearts and flowers

Despite what the commercials in February might say, dating isn’t all flowers and heart-shaped boxes of candy.

Rust Belt Theater brings back its annual revue of romantic disappointment with “Dating Sucks: The Musical.”

Written by Robert Dennick Joki with orchestrations by Josh Taylor, this revue-style musical explores the peaks and pitfalls of modern dating, with cringeworthy, real-life dating stories and original songs.

The show also features dialogue taken directly from online dating profiles and mobile dating app conversations. It’s a raunchy multimedia musical that leaves little to the imagination. The show is updated annually to reflect the current dating climate.

Celena Coven takes over the directing chores and appears in the show along with the cast, which includes Kage Coven, Janelle Yohman, Jude Mikulich, Brooke Nobbs, Lisa Torrence, Abigail Kremm, Josh Yohman, Heather Powell, Keith Stepanic, Sarah Whitlatch, Connor Bezeredi, Dean LaSalandra, Rachel Clifford and Sam Gregory.

“Dating Sucks: The Musical” will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Feb. 22 at the Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and can be reserved by calling 330-507-2358.