Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Emotionalists

As part of the Summerworks indie theatre festival this weekend, this Sky Gilbert play about “the most rational people you will ever meet” was a welcome surprise. The play is based on Ayn Rand, real life Russian-American novelist, playwright, screenwriter and philosopher founder of Objectivism, a philosophical system that values rationality above all else. But when she has a love affair with a student and tries to explain that to her husband, things get tricky as emotions are rationalized and the line between feeling and philosophy gets blurred.

The acting was great throughout and the fictional gay subplot becomes indispensable for the final blow. One of Sky’s most reflective plays with an interesting topic that is food for thought for anyone who's ever tried to seek truth objectively just to discover that isn't always possible.

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