Boy gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Miles Potter, with Seana McKenna, Kevin Bundy, Eric Peterson, John Jarvis, Peter MacNeill and Satori Shakoor. Presented by Canadian Stage at the Bluma Appel (27 Front East). Runs to March 15, Monday-Saturday 8 pm, matinee Wednesday 1:30 pm, Saturday 2 pm. $20-$75, limited Monday pwyc and same-day half-price rush. 416-368-3110. Rating: NN Rating: NN
I hope Rebecca Gilman has sold the TV rights for Boy Gets Girl. It's perfect movie-of-the-week material. (I see Judith Light and Luke Perry in the leads.) As theatre, it's pretty naive.Upscale New York writer/editor Theresa (Seana McKenna) goes on a blind date with computer guy Tony (Kevin Bundy), doesn't like him and soon finds herself being stalked. Majorly. Like flowers every day. Obscene phone calls. You've seen it before.
None of this is badly written. Gilman's dialogue is snappy enough, if manipulative; Theresa's a Yankees fan, which is supposed to make her humane and real.
It's all predictable, although Eric Peterson has fun snaking through his role as a Russ Meyer-like filmmaker Theresa's profiling, and Bundy sizzles with menace in his too few scenes.
McKenna, who was so good in CanStage's Wit, tries to add depth to her role, but she's defeated in the last hour as she unconvincingly mouths Gilman's maxims about urban alienation and loneliness.
Boy Gets Girl, but girl deserves better play.