Dating is rarely as difficult as it is in “Becky Shaw,” now at Round House Theatre. Brusque Max (Will Gartshore) is set up with needy, slightly crazy Becky (Michelle Six), only to have everything deteriorate into violence and recrimination. Offstage, the actors have their own tales of dates gone awry.
THE MAMA’S BOY: “I was supposed to meet him at his parents’ house, but I didn’t understand that I was going to be grilled by the entire family,” Six says. “Then his mother decided she liked me and said, ‘I’m just going to join you.’ So there were three of us at a romantic wine bar.”
THE WOULD-BE SOULMATE: “I got to know this guy online,” Gartshore says. “He said he was moving to D.C. and I said, ‘If you want to get coffee or something, I can show you around.’ [So we met] and … this guy thought he was showing up for an engagement. And he just couldn’t take a hint. It was literally two years of him calling me every three weeks.”
THE BMOC: “In high school, there was a boy I was madly in love with,” says Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan, who plays Becky and Max’s matchmaker. “He graduated, but then he called me up one day. We went out and I thought, ‘It’s going to happen. He’s totally going to kiss me.’ And it was the worst kiss ever, to this day. Lizard tongue. All hopes dashed.”Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda; through Sun., $26-$63; 240-644-1100. (Bethesda)