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The eternal struggle of the man-child

It's not easy being a grown-up nerd.

blog by Ben Kirst  • 

It’s world premiere time for Road Less Traveled Productions:  Shaun McLaughlin’s comedy Internal Continuity will grace the stage for the first time at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9 at Road Less Traveled Theatre (639 Main St., Buffalo).  The show will run through Sunday, Oct. 2.

Internal Continuity deals with a pressing issue that many men of our generation struggle with: the overwhelming desire to enjoy the company of ladies, but to do so in a manner that still allows for a massive amount of time goofing off with buddies. 

As Road Less Traveled explains, Internal Continuity charts “...the end of the Golden Age for nerdy thirtysomething fanboys Efrin, Shelby, and Buster when Efrin finally discovers the fairer sex. Will Shelby and Buster be able to dissuade their lifelong friend from the Dark Side of the Force? Will tabletop gaming night survive?!”  First-world problems, my friends.

“I realized that I have several long-standing friendships that were centered on a few specific topics, but I didn’t know much about these friends otherwise,” McLaughlin noted. “I started wondering what these people did with the rest of their lives.  Then I started to laugh.”

Internal Continuity stars popular RLTP regulars Matt Witten, Dave Hayes and RLTP Resident Actor Bob Grabowski as the central trio, and also introduces Sara Kow-Falcone, Aaron Krygier, and Bethany Sparacio to the RLTT stage for the first time. RLTP Artistic Director Scott Behrend helms the production.

“The comedy starts out very specific, observing these developmentally stunted guys and their geeky interests,” Behrend said, “but then becomes much more universal as they meet women, try to expand their horizons, and finally attempt to relate to each other as human beings instead of just as fellow connoisseurs of trivia.”

Internal Continuity reunites actors Hayes and Witten following their work together in the hit RLTP productions of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot and A.R. Gurney’s Light Lunch

Hayes and Grabowski last teamed up onstage for Gurney’s Screen Play, while Grabowski and Witten co-starred in RLTP’s The Man Who Had All The Luck by Arthur Miller.

McLaughlin is an interesting character himself.  He recently returned to the region after a long stint in Los Angeles, where he wrote or produced over 400 episodes of award-winning TV shows like Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and the Brain, Batman Beyond and Static Shock, among others. He’s a stand-up comic who has notched stage time at legendary venues like The Icehouse and The Comedy Store.

Internal Continuity will run Friday, September 9th through Sunday, October, 2nd – performances will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 fo seniors and $15 for students. Students w/ valid IDs pay only $5 on Thursdays.

Tickets are available at the RLTT Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. The RLTT is located across from Shea’s Performing Arts Center in the heart of the downtown theatre district inside the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre.

TAGGED: internal continuity, road less traveled productions, scott behrend, theater

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  1. Ben Kirst September 09, 2011 @ 11:40pm

    Saw the play tonight…genuinely funny.

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