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  Boy Gets Girl at Raven Theatre

Boy Gets Girl

Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark St Chicago

The story of what happens when a blind date turns into a living nightmare. Chosen as one of Time Magazine's Best Plays of the Decade.

Thru - Mar 2, 2013

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-338-2177

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  Boy Gets Girl Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...the tension in Rebecca Gilman's 2000 play is established right from the start, and builds as Tony's behavior becomes more and more terrifying. Leonard Kraft provides much-needed comic relief as an aging director of erotic films whom Theresa has to interview for an article. Cody Estle's dark staging makes it clear, though, that there's no plausible happy ending. At one point Theresa's colleague urges her not to change her life, because that would mean Tony had won. "He's already won," she replies."
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Julia Thiel

Centerstage - Somewhat Recommended

"...Set designer Amanda Rozmiarek has clearly made the most of a low budget, creating a slightly flimsy-looking yet efficient and innovative set with all the necessary pieces plus a bit of flare. As far as acting, Symphony Sanders might play Theresa's secretary, Harriet, a bit too ditzy, and Collins could polish her meaningful pauses, but otherwise the cast nails it."

Kristin Walters

Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"...Cody Estle’s staging is no great shakes to look at, thanks to Amanda Rozmiarek’s too-busy set design involving a splatter-paint floor and multiple playing spaces that remain visible throughout. But the atmosphere is tense and the supporting cast solid, especially Will Casey and Jon Stutzman as Theresa’s stalwart colleagues and John Stokvis as the stalker, played with a terrifying mix of guilelessness, mania and menace."
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Zac Thompson

Chicago On the Aisle - Highly Recommended

"...It's a thrill ride, Raven Theatre's up close and terrifying take on Rebecca Gilman's "Boy Gets Girl." Tightly wound, breath-stopping and ambitious, this smartly cast production directed by Cody Estle is more than a harrowing look at what happens when a young woman falls prey to a stalker: It fully engages Gilman's subtext about the way men and women view each other - and the fragile restraints society places on impulse."
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Lawrence B. Johnson

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...As disquieting as the play is, I would have liked to see more inside the mind of a stalker. And while Theresa certainly hasn’t brought the stalking on herself, she has few close friends, her parents are deceased, she hasn’t heard from her alcoholic brother in six years, and she doesn’t know much about her associates – so personal connections are clearly not her forte and she does seem particularly susceptible to her situation. Still, Gilman has a fantastic ear for dialogue, and she brings light to an important social topic without sermonizing. While not a perfect play, it is no less an unsettling experience."
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Sally Jo Osborne

Let's Play at ChicagoNow - Highly Recommended

"...BOY GETS GIRL isn't your 80's rom-com, it's a present day reality. After seeing it, you won't want flowers following a first date ever again. Inconceivably unforgettable! Even the title is memorable."
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Katy Walsh

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"... Director Cody Estle led the talented cast in creating much needed moments of comedic relief, usually involving an older gentleman, Les Kennkat (played by Leonard Kraft), who is a self-declared breast-lover who became a successful porno director. Now aging and sick, he slowly forms a friendship with Theresa that is quite endearing."
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Cat Wilson

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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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