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
“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
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
“(‘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
This is Livaditis’ third directing endeavor, and his Senior
Directing Project at CSU. Directing is a welcome challenge for
“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
“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.”
“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.