Dress rehearsal

Michelle Courvais in Boy Gets Girl - Photo by Betsy LentWe had our first audience last night for Boy Gets Girl (well, our second, really) – about ten or twelve people, mostly friends of the cast and crew, came in to watch our dress rehearsal. We’re still making minor adjustments, but the show’s pretty much as it will be when we open on Sunday.

It was great to have the energy of an audience, and especially an audience unfamiliar with the story – we’ve had designers and Eclipse company members watching the last few technical rehearsals, but most of the folks last night were seeing this for the first time. This is a tricky play in a lot of ways, and I’m learning that the trickiest element may be the tone. The story starts very much like a romantic comedy – we open on Tony and Theresa meeting for the first time for a blind date. Just like all first dates, (I assume) there are awkward moments, hopeful moments, and a lot of funny moments. As the play goes on, the tone changes dramatically. I don’t want to spoil anything, but we’ve got dramaturgical research about stalking posted up in the lobby for audiences to read, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the play ultimately becomes something very different than a romantic comedy (although not so different, really – more on that later).

For the audience last night, there was a sense of surprise, and it was interesting to hear some big laughs in the first few scenes, some nervous giggles towards the end of the first act, and a lot of quiet through most of act two. There were some responses we didn’t expect, and there are probably some moments that will change, consciously or unconsciously, now that we have a sense of how an audience might react to those moments, but for the most part the responses were what we anticipated and what the play needs.

We’ll probably have a larger audience tonight, as we begin our formal previews, and I know we’re all excited to have a few more chances to feel that energy before opening night. Preview tickets are cheap ($5 for folks in the theatre industry), so give a call to the box office (773.871.3000) to come out, see the show, and help us build up to a fantastic opening. 


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