Photo by Don Kellogg

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Common Air

A true off-off Broadway experience to be had down at 45 Bleaker Theatre.  This show is off-beat, clever, and intriguing to say the least.  It's a play by Alex Lyras and Robert McCaskill - performed solely by Alex Lyras - A true one man, multi-character show.

Each character is connected to an unseen character in each scene.  That unseen character becomes the character in the next - and as such - a diverse, meandering story develops as the story forwardly unfolds character by character.  Much of the play revolves around the airport - a ride to it, waiting in it, and coming home from it.  The only surprising, but quite dramatic element, was the climax of the last scene.  It seemed a bit out of the context of the rest of the play.  In the vernacular of the airport, it seemed like we had a very bumpy landing at the wrong airport.   While poignant, the last scene threw the entire play off course.  I left feeling i had been duped into something a bit more than i bargained for.