A Delusional Affair Review - How Many People are in that Bed Anyway?

Co-founder of the iconic IHOP restaurant chain, Albert James Kallis obviously has a few hidden talents – including creating advertising campaigns for American International Pictures and writing the brilliant script for A DELUSIONAL AFFAIR. Directed by talented and uber-experienced Chris DeCarlo, A DELUSIONAL AFFAIR recently had its world premiere at the Santa Monica Playhouse. This uproarious comedy is sure to be a favorite for audiences everywhere.

Gregg Berger and Rachel Galper - Photo by Cydne Moore

Oliver Foxx (Gregg Berger) and Julia Foxx (Rachel Galper) have been married long enough to know each other’s every secret – or so they think. When Oliver decides to sell his profitable business and devote his time to traveling the world with his wife, he is stunned to find out that she has other plans. Julia is writing a novel cum memoir and has already found a publisher. She’s more interested in finishing the book than becoming a globe trotter. And he finds out on their anniversary, no less. Oliver decides to sleep on it – but awakens shocked to find that the woman under the covers with him isn’t Julia. Who is she and where did she come from? It turns out that Gina (Albina Katsman) has quite a story of her own.

Albina Katsman and Gregg Berger - Photo by Cydne Moore

A DELUSIONAL AFFAIR is a side-splittingly funny tale about marriage, reality, fantasy, and what follows “happily ever after.” Kallis explores these questions and more with delicious detail which may seem very much like – and maybe very much different – from what most couples experience when the empty nest looms. The intimate study carefully lifts layer upon layer of a marriage – with keen psychological insight and hysterical results.

Playwright Albert James Kallis - Photo by Elaine L. Mura

The cast is superb and able to project messages to the audience, both verbal and nonverbal. S-E-X is not exempt from this rigorous – and vigorous – exploration, with just enough double entendre to keep the audience chuckling. The play isn’t exactly R rated – but it’s probably going to be above the head of most kids. Which makes it excellent adult fare guaranteed to amuse, involve, titillate, and inject memories into the mix.

Greg Berger, Albert James Kallis, Albina Katsman, and Rachel Galper at the After-Party - Photo by Elaine L. Mura

James Cooper’s set is cozy, serviceable, and cleverly keeps scene changes to a minimum. The entire production staff has done a very good job of following up on the main theme of the story – which sometimes includes shadows and hidden thoughts. Veteran director Chris DeCarlo clearly “gets it” and helms the production with a sure hand. A DELUSIONAL AFFAIR is a must-see, a sleeper which creeps up on the audience with humor and panache.

Director Chris DeCarlo - Photo by Elaine L. Mura


A DELUSIONAL AFFAIR runs through April 30, 2017, with performances at 8 p.m. on Saturdays and at 3:30 p.m. on Sundays. The Santa Monic Playhouse is located at 1211 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Tickets are $35 with discounts for students, teachers, seniors, members of the military, and groups of 8 or more. For information and reservations, call 310-394-9779 or go online.

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