Michael Bedford (photo: David Levine)
The Anti-Social Art of Flying
by Gregory Bunker
Funny with flashes of darkness, it is entertaining and begins to hint at a deeper, darker message still emanating from the first sequence.
Actually, that is the material of the second half of this hour-long play. The passengers must first suffer the process of checking in and boarding the plane, which illuminates the strange banality of it all considering that the entire procedure assumes the worst in people. That commentary is certainly welcome: flying nowadays is an absurdly anti-social process and it’s nice to be able to laugh at that. Addressing the mayday scenario, the second half sees each character take their turn rationalizing redemption. Funny with flashes of darkness, it is entertaining and begins to hint at a deeper, darker message still emanating from the first sequence. Some characters are caricatures; others are just crazy. There’s enough variety to keep everyone interested, and the mad pace of the production makes the all-too-brief hour fly by.