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H-B Woodlawn Secondary School Boy Gets Girl

By • Apr 3rd, 2011 • Category: Cappies

The encounter starts off innocuously enough: an awkward, slightly overeager guy gets set up on a blind date with a friend of a friend, a young journalist who is very committed to her work and has been detached from the dating scene. This apparently clichéd plot takes a frightening turn, though, and before you know it, H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program has set out on an intriguing production of Boy Gets Girl, examining the chilling experience of being stalked.

Written in 2000 by Rebecca Gilman, Boy Gets Girl was first staged at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. The play revolves around Theresa Bedell (Clara Nice), and her spiraling problems with Tony (Sam Lammie). They go on a couple of dates, but Theresa decides very quickly that he isn’t right for her. Tony, however, refuses to accept that it is over. He sends her flowers and calls her constantly, and finally begins to follow and threaten her. Theresa finds support in co-workers Howard Siegel (Josh Eddy) and Mercer Stevens (Mick Sloan) and eventually in detective Madeleine Beck (Ana Cackley), but even with friendship and the law the peril of her situation can only be remedied through escape.

The themes of this play were serious and often dark, with graphic language and emotionally jarring scenes. The cast’s ability to perform this piece maturely and without backing away from more intense subject matter is to be applauded, as is student director Addison Janney for taking such an intense piece and forming something realistic and subtle.

A perfect example of this was Josh Eddy, as Howard Siegel. His understated character choices, ability to switch between comedic and dramatic moments on a dime, and energy allowed him to truly shine. Whether listening or speaking, he always seemed natural and genuine in his role. Clara Nice also showed honesty and nuance in her role as Theresa Bedell, a difficult part with a wide range of emotion which she carried solidly.

While some actors had a little trouble with volume and diction, others made sure their every line was heard. Of note were Mick Sloan as Mercer Stevens, and Ana Cackley as Detective Beck, both of whom made firm character choices and stayed committed to them. Among the rest of the cast, tones and moments of passion came across beautifully, creating tension and anticipation for Theresa’s final decision.

Technical aspects in this production were generally minimalistic due to the constraints of the blackbox theater in which it was performed. Set pieces were few and sometimes messy, but always effective. The stage crew did an excellent job of moving these pieces, setting with speed. However, lighting was basic and sound effects, when used, made it hard to hear actors onstage.

This was an extremely difficult play to create and handle with maturity. The thespians of H-B Woodlawn took on a challenge, and should be praised for showcasing such an adult, complex piece.

by Billy Baker of Chantilly High School

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Sam Lammie (as Tony) and Clara Nice (as Theresa Bedell) Clara Nice (as Theresa Bedell) and Josh Eddy (as Howard Siegel)
Sam Lammie (as Tony) and Clara Nice (as Theresa Bedell)
Clara Nice (as Theresa Bedell) and Josh Eddy (as Howard Siegel)
Josh Eddy (as Howard Siegel) and Mick Sloan (as Mercer Stevens) Ana Cackley (as Madeleine Beck)
Josh Eddy (as Howard Siegel) and Mick Sloan (as Mercer Stevens)
Ana Cackley (as Madeleine Beck)

Photos by Chris Janney

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