BWW Reviews: World Premiere Comedy THE GRAND IRRATIONALITY Shines at the Lost Studio

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In astrology, the Grand Irrationality is when the planets are all out of alignment and nothing adds up - a pretty fair description of Guy Proud's (Gregory Marcel) life in Jemma Kennedy's World Premiere comedy THE GRAND IRRATIONALITY at the Lost Studio. According to his boss Alex (James Donovan), Guy's job depends on the success of his new ad campaign for a woman's soft drink based on astrological elements called Sitara. Alex is all bravado, virility, and pure stupidity when it comes to women, making Guy's job all the more difficult since he is sleeping with Nina (Kirsten Kollender), the lovely long-legged blonde product manager, who is smart enough to see right through Alex's shortcomings. Even Guy wonders what he is doing, fully aware that he gets depressed when he has sex with women he barely knows, while for Nina life is about control, choice, and connection.

But when Murray (Peter Elbling), Guy's estranged father, breaks his leg and has to move in with him, along with his sister Rose (Mina Badie), who works out her post-partum depression by obsessively baking cakes, Guy's life starts to quickly fall apart and nothing seems to be going his way - especially when every romantic encounter he has is duly interrupted by Rose and her crying baby Chester.

When Guy meets and falls in love with African women's rights charity worker Vivienne (Bess Meyer), who's French, the comic underpinnings start to unravel, twisting all the characters lives around each other's as everything comes apart at the seams. After all, as Vivienne says, you can't stop people from falling in love with you. And sex and family mixed together is a recipe for disaster, always, admits Kennedy.




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Shari Barrett Shari Barrett, a Los Angeles native, has been active in the theater world since the age of six - acting, singing, and dancing her way across the boards all over town. After teaching in local secondary schools, working in marketing for several studios, writing, directing, producing, and performing in productions for several non-profit theaters, Shari now dedicates her time and focuses her skills as an independent publicist to "get the word out" about smaller theaters throughout the Los Angeles area. As a founding member of the LA Stage Alliance Leadership Council Task Force, she and reps from theaters throughout the city work together to articulate a vision for the theatre community of Greater Los Angeles. Shari has received recognition from the City of Los Angeles for her dedication of heart and hand to the needs of friends, neighbors and fellow members of society for her devotion of service to the people of Los Angeles. Shari is honored to serve her hometown as a contributor to Broadway World.



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