The intimate theater on La Brea called The Lost Studio brings to life Jemma Kennedy’s new comedy “The Grand Irrationality” with musical interludes, sliding canvases, and superior acting. The performance was developed at the National Theatre in London.
In astrology, the Grand Irrationality refers to when the planets are all out of alignment and nothing adds up – a pretty accurate description of Guy Proud’s, the protagonist, life. Guy’s job depends on the success of his new ad campaign. He’s sleeping with Nina, the product manager, but he’s in love with Vivienne. Murray, Guy’s estranged father, breaks his leg and has to move in with his son, along with his sister Rose, who works out her post-partem depression by obsessively baking cakes. What’s a Gemini to do?
A primarily British cast, Guy portrays a 20 something year old in search of success and love, but not so ready to give a hand to his own family with their own personal issues. He manages to screw over a young, hot, and later topless bed buddy Nina, who he seals an ad campaign deal with, but feels no remorse as he gets rid of her quickly for the older Vivienne. Guy’s father, who is alone due to his wife drinking herself to death, has a similar attraction as his own son. Guy’s father Murray, played by Peter Elbling, shoots off continual witty banter as he and Guy fight with fun British humor. My boyfriend and I both felt the ending was not so satisfying. We wanted more. We also discussed afterwards how unrealistic it was that the way older looking Vivienne was the young Guy’s actual interest. We thought perhaps a better choice for that role would have been more convincing. However, the evening was quite enjoyable with several surprise twists and a lot of laughter.
The playwright Jemma Kennedy began writing for the stage after her first novel Skywalking was published by Penguin/Viking in 2003. A radio play of the story was recorded for BBC Radio 4 and several of her plays were produced on the UK fringe before she was offered a placement at the National Theatre Studio, where she wrote The Grand Irrationality. Jemma was a Pearson Playwright in residence at the National 2010-2011, for which she has written two plays. She is now under commission to the Unicorn Theatre, Soho Theatre and NT Connections for their 2013 seasons. Jemma has three films in development with directors Justin Hardy and Amanda Boyle.
WHEN: Friday, January 11 through Sunday, March 3, 2013.
THE LOST STUDIO
130 S. La Brea Avenue (between 1st & 2nd)
Los Angeles, CA 90036.
TICKETS: For reservations call (323) 960-4443.