Its girls night out in this amusing story of three airline stewardesses holed up in a travelers hotel outside Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. With a five a.m. call looming nothing much happens until the arrival of a teenage boy in a tuxedo - an escapee from his prom. Apparently he has just been jilted by a haughty date and has come by to sell some pot - which in this story is still illegal.
Author Marisa Wegrzyn delivers a portrait of female friendship that rings true. Although it’s supposed to be happening in the present, the play has a past sensibility which adds to its charm. How each of the women deal with him – one is motherly, another a seductress, the third a pal – brings perspective to all of their lives.
Under Mary Lou Belli’s flawless direction these ever-so-real performances flower. Heading the excellent cast is Carlyle King as life-weary Beth longing to make a happy landing; matching her is Whitney Dylan as seductive Sam disoriented by the demands of motherhood; Amy Tolsky is endearing as a wistful Angie whose wings were clipped long before, and truly touching is Adam Farabee as angry naïf Jonathan ready to take off into a new life.
The precise hotel room set is by Stephen Gifford, with lighting by Derrick McDaniel and clever flight-path sound by David B. Marling. Fine costuming by Sara Ryung Clement. Produced for Road Theatre Company by Michelle Gillette, Lorianne Hill and Jessica Wierzba.
At The Road on Lankershim, 5108 Lankershim Blvd., NoHo, through May 30th.
For tickets call 818-761-8838 or visit www.RoadTheatre.org.
Photos by Geoffrey Wade.
Also reviewed in the May issue of NOT BORN YESTERDAY.