by Joel Fishbane
Given that the first play happens in the early 1950s and the second in the late 1950s, it’s never made clear whether the second play is a direct sequel to the first or if we’re watching a pair of alternate histories that explores what happens when two roads diverge in the wood. Central to this confusion is the decision to have two different actors play Bus Riley. In the second play, actors Katharine McLeod, David Mackett and Jeff Gruich all reprise their characters from the first play, which at least allows them to show different sides of the same personas. But Bus Riley is played first by Joseph Mottola and then by Tim MacLean; the choice does little to help the audience figure out when and where we are.