Rebecca Gilman's 2000 play about a reporter in New York stalked by a blind date is in some ways a smarter, more insightful version of the woman-in-peril movies clogging the Lifetime channel. What comes through clearly in Eclipse Theatre Company's production (the last in its all-Gilman season) is the conflict between cultural assumptions about romance and how they play out in real life. Unlike Gilman's more recent work, which tends to box characters in along cartoonish class lines, Boy Gets Girl exhibits a welcome messiness and uncertainty, especially about human motivation. Director Steve Scott and an outstanding cast give emotional complexity to the script's acidic observational humor and pervasive sense of menace. a Through 12/17: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater, second-floor studio, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $18-$22, $30 Thu 11/9 (includes postshow discussion and refreshments).
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Betsy Lent.