Boy Meets Girl
Review by Chris McGarry
On July 25, a decent-sized group of theatregoers congregated at St. Peter’s Courthouse Theatre to watch the touching, innocent love story Boy Meets Girl. In this tale, written by Sam Wolfson and directed by Alicia Atlass, we’re introduced to Sam (Adam MacGregor) and Katie (Sherri-Lee Darrach), two preschoolers who meet one day on the playground and quickly become fast friends.
Although the two stars act and talk like adults, all of the play’s dialogue is written from a child’s perspective. In what is very humorous at times, Adam and Sam discuss topics young children would such as playing with toys, travelling to Disneyland, parties, selling cookies and naptimes.
As Katie and Sam develop a closer bond, he decides he wants her to be his girlfriend. The fun-loving, slightly mischievous boy writes out a “standard contract” on a piece of paper in which Katie can check yes or no. She agrees and the two begin “going out.” Things move along fairly smoothly until the two children realize just how complicated relationships can be and come to the conclusion that it will get easier as they get older.
Boy Meets Girl is an overall unique production featuring lots of double entendre or hidden meanings in the dialogue. In one very funny scene that had the audience laughing heartily, Sam asks Katie point blank how many boys she has “napped with” as he truly believes that he is her first. When the young girl proclaims three plus him, he becomes very upset, which in turn causes more turmoil in the relationship. Though seemingly suggestive, nothing in the play was meant to be in any way racy or improper, just sweet and innocent.
At first glance, Boy Meets Girl appears to be a basic story about two little kids who “fall in love,” at least in their young minds. But as the production moves along, the audience members soon find themselves in the midst of a very serious story that has heartbreak, jealousy and even borderline infidelity.
MacGregor and Darrach, both veterans of the PEI theatre scene, displayed a strong chemistry together on stage with the utmost professionalism and fervour. The well-acted scenes were interspersed with lively musical performances by MacGregor and Darrach, who sang and played guitar on such songs as Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender and the locally-written balled Island Boy, Island Girl, which had a genuine PEI folksy feel to it.
Boy Meets Girl doesn’t strive to be a boisterous laughfest nor an overly melodramatic theatre piece. Instead, it is a story as simple and relaxed as the Island itself, an entertaining account of the trials and tribulations of relationships as seen through the eyes of two ordinary five-year-olds.
Those looking for a night out for the whole family will truly enjoy watching Boy Meets Girl.
Boys Meets Girl played at the St. Peter’s Courthouse on August 1 and 8 and runs at Victoria Playhouse from August 15 to September. 30.