Theater: The Date from Hell

Boy meets girl. Boy stalks girl. Rebecca Gilman puts us on edge

A man and a woman meet for a beer, a blind date set up by friends. There are some first-meeting jitters: her jokes go past him; he pushes a little too hard. Still, they make a dinner date. There the conversation is more strained, and the woman ends the evening abruptly. She's too wrapped up in her job, she lies, to have a relationship. I'm sorry, but goodbye.

Then the nightmare begins.

Rebecca Gilman's new play, Boy Gets Girl, having its premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, eases us so skillfully into an utterly recognizable world--Theresa is a single magazine editor whose...

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