Mary Barrel is Really Good at Things (2 stars)

This article is from 2010.

Mary Barrel is Really Good at Things

Over-excited, part-improvised but tediously goofy life skills ‘seminar’

LA comic and playwright Carrie Barrett is disconcertingly convincing in her role as hyper-dork Mary Barrel, an annoying, awkward 13-year-old who’s obsessed with best friends, sleepovers and party invites (or her lack thereof). Her over-excited, part-improvised but tediously goofy life skills ‘seminar’ is part-redeemed by friendly audience participation, pathetic human beat-boxing and bunny-boiling dialogue with her sound-engineer sidekick, Chris.

Jury’s Inn, 0845 508 8387, until 28 Aug, 5.10pm, £7 (£5).

Mary Barrel is Really Good at Things

  • 2 stars

A ball of energy, a font of questionable wisdom, little Mary Barrel will tell you how to be really good at things too. Her charming enthusiasm makes up for her ill-informed advice. An explosion of laughter, games and audience interaction. Writer/performer Carrie Barrett spent eight years writing, teaching, directing and…

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