STAGES: Girl Meets Boy, Boy Meets Boy, Girl Meets Drink

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by Laura Foti Cohen

Pick of the Week
Stages: Girl Meets Boy, Boy Meets Boy, Girl Meets Drink, written and performed by Emily Goglia. Playing at Three Clubs, 1123 N. Vine. 75 minutes.

Yes, the title reveals the underlying story. But Emily Goglia brings a fresh perspective to the not-unfamiliar tale of losing a boyfriend to a guy. She also brings a pure and powerful singing voice, which she displays in more than a dozen songs and medleys ranging from Sondheim to Morissette. (“You Oughta Know” absolutely kills.) She updates Kander and Ebb’s “Sara Lee” with references to cronuts, Coldstone Creamery, the Sprinkles ATM and the Museum of Ice Cream. She melds “Beautiful” songs by Carole King and Christina Aguilera. Oh, and the underlying story is well-told, too.

Goglia’s offbeat and personal musical choices and her flawless performance out her as a pro – a rarity in the world of the Fringe. Instead of seeming calculated, though, she remains endearing and, yes, earnest. She’s hip and smart, talented and gorgeous, but plays it for laughs. The band, led by Emily Rosenfield, provides stellar support.

Bonus: It’s a drinking game and you can play along!

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