Volume 93, Issue 50

November 26, 1999


Western alumnus proves she is better than good

Big Sea prompts waves of delight

Ashgrove reaps the rewards of hard work

Inaccuracies a cynical take on the gender gap


Inaccuracies a cynical take on the gender gap

By Mark Pytlik
Gazette Staff

Sometimes we forget our heads when it comes to matters of the heart. Masters of English students Caitlin Murphy and Jayson McDonald know this. They know it so well, in fact, that they've written a play about it.

Together, with the help of four other cast members, Murphy and McDonald are the core of Gross Inaccuracies.

According to Murphy, the work is a balanced effort which examines the down side of dating and everything associated with it.

"I thought it'd be great to write a bunch of sketches that were all based on love and relationships," she says. "It's very cynical. I don't think happy is funny, so it's really kind of jaded and a bit bitter."

By all accounts, the results are tremendous. Gross Inaccuracies has already enjoyed a successful run at the Old Factory Theatre, in downtown London. "It went really well," Murphy reveals. "It was basically selling out and it was really received so that's what kind of prompted the idea to do it [at the Grad Club]."

In addition to being a typically sardonic take on the state of pre-marital affairs, Murphy notes that the play has evoked some intriguing reactions from the audience. "It was interesting to watch the audience response," she notes. "I think men are more used to being able to laugh at the stuff in relationships whereas people seemed a little more hesitant to laugh at a lot of the jokes that were from the woman's perspective."

Murphy also feels the play fills a bit of a niche in the London scene right now. "There's a lot of men writing," she muses. "There's not many women I know who are producing their own stuff, so it's good to have a balance. Our stuff has a similar sense of humour, but there's a kind of edge to the way we get to our punchlines."

The unity of the show is augmented by the obvious gender gap between the play's main two co-writers. "I preferred a subtle approach whereas [McDonald] prefers a more laid out and blatant approach," Murphy says. "It's a good combination of different perspectives. People would try to guess who wrote what from watching it."

Gross Inaccuracies plays at the Grad Club tomorrow night at 9 p.m.. Tickets are $5 at the door.

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