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Boy Meets Girl ---> Girl Kills Boy.

By Suzy Evans in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 10, 2009 6:00PM

2009_07_AMTP.jpg Love doesn’t hurt. It kills - literally. Or at least it does in the loud world of Girls vs. Boys, the new American Music Theatre Project musical. We’re not surprised that a musical about the battle of the sexes contains loud music, strong language, violent themes and nudity, but we’re a little frightened that breaking up leads to death in this show. (We’d probably all be dead if this happened in real life.) Emotional pain becomes actual pain, and when people break up with each other, they actually kill each other, according to director Nathan Allen. When trying to describe the show, one cast member says, “Can you turn orgy into an adjective?” We’ll get back to you on that one.

The war of the sexes divides a brother and a sister who are entering the teenage world, and while these siblings find themselves on opposite sides of the battlefield, they don’t want to see each other hurt. The American Music Theatre Project and the House Theatre of Chicago developed this show with Northwestern University. Each year, the project develops a new show at Northwestern, with the hopes of one of them making it to Broadway one day. And you can say you saw it right here.

You can listen to one of the songs, "Teenage Anthem," on the show's website.

Girls vs. Boys runs through August 2 at the Wallis Theater at Northwestern. Thursday - Friday at 8:30 pm. Satruday at 6 pm (except tomorrow) and 9:30 pm. Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 for general public, $10 for students and $10 for standing room only. You can also get 20 percent off for the late show on Saturdays if you enter the promo code HEARTBREAKER. Buy online here.