Oct 152003
 
Authors: Daniel Hallford

The play, “Boy Gets Girl,” is a deep probe into male and female

attraction. It’s everything that can go wrong in a relationship.

Get on the rollercoaster and hold your stomach, you’re in for some

ups and downs.

“It’s scary because it’s real,” said director Sotirios

Livaditis.

“Boy Gets Girl,” written by Rebecca Gilman, is a play dealing

with sexual objectivity and the crippling effects of fear that can

be produced by the simple outside actions of another.

The play sparks with insight, asking questions about how men and

women are supposed to act towards another, whether or not popular

culture tells us what to look for in a mate, if we should consider

someone for a long-term relationship before we get to know

them.

But don’t let the subject matter fool you. “Boy Gets Girl” is

spiced with humor throughout the play.

Lead actress Molly Weiler plays the part of Theresa Bedell, a

journalist who decides to follow up on a blind date. From that

point on, she can’t shake sneaky feelings that something about her

new acquaintance is abnormal. Maybe it’s the phone calls or the

daily flowers. Maybe it’s the threats. Bedell’s love struck

follower, Tony Ross played by Matt Hitt, turns a sticky situation

into a mental meltdown. Weiler succeeds in a difficult role of a

human under pressure.

We follow Bedell through her daily routine and her humorous

encounter with Les Kennkat, an interview subject for her magazine.

Kennkat and Ross display two examples of male obsession, as Kennkat

is open about his love for directing pornographic movies, but Ross

suppresses his desires and follows through with them in disturbing

ways. Neither man is helpful to Bedell, whose life turns upside

down as she is faced with one issue after another.

The cast clicks. A seven-member cast, picked from an audition

pool of 50, wraps the play into a precarious package of feeling and

suspense.

“(‘Boy Gets Girl’) is about why society perceives this behavior

as OK,” Livaditis said.

The play peels away the sticky film that separates real life

romance from a Hollywood love story.

“It’s about how this woman’s life has changed because of two

dates,” Livaditis said. “I have a strong passion for plays with

strong women. I very seldom read a play where I say, ‘I want to

direct this play.’ (Rebecca Gilman) enjoys writing about strong

female characters. She takes an issue and makes it accessible to an

audience. It’s realism, and some of the best theater ends

unhappily.”

This is Livaditis’ third directing endeavor, and his Senior

Directing Project at CSU. Directing is a welcome challenge for

Livaditis.

“What’s good about this educational environment is that I can

take risks and not get fired. CSU is somewhat sheltered. It’s a

much smaller pond and it’s much easier to work in a smaller pond.

Students are doing really good work. “

Livaditis has worked tirelessly with the crew and seven-member

cast of “Boy Gets Girl.”

“We’re all brought together by the script. The play is ours, the

entire cast and crew, and I tell my actors to trust the text,” he

said. “My four years at CSU have been wonderful. I’ve grown as an

artist and as a person.”

Livaditis is ready to jump into the world of theater outside of

college.

“I’m more afraid of not finding an outlet for my art than not

finding a job. Actors and directors worry about rejection, but

everyone else does too,” he said. “If you’re ever planning on

falling in love, don’t miss “Boy Gets Girl.”

OUTBOX

“Boy Gets Girl” is showing Oct. 15 through 19 at 8 p.m. at the

Black Box Theatre on the CSU campus. Tickets are $4 for students

and $7 for adults. Call 491-5116 for tickets.

 

 

 

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