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Bus Stop

a Play
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by William Inge

COMPANY : Soul-stice Repertory Ensemble [WEBSITE]
VENUE : 7 Stages [WEBSITE]
ID# 377

SHOWING : February 13, 2002 - March 16, 2002

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Hudson Adams
Stage Manager David Cohen
props Rita Ann Marcec
Grace Pat Bell
Elma Samantha Bentley
Dr. Gerald Lyman John Countryman
Will Jeff Feldman
Bo Marcus Hester
Carl Anthony Rodriguez
Cherie Chloe Sehr
Virgil Randy Weinstein
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REVIEWS

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Hoot and a Half
by Mama Alma
Monday, March 11, 2002
4.0
Take a bunch of strangers, throw them together in a public place, stir in a little (okay, more than a little) sexual tension, and see what develops. In this instance, it's the quirky little home comedy "Bus Stop." For those of you who aren't familiar with the story, there's this cowboy, fresh off the ranch, who falls, hard, for a girl with more than a few miles on her. He's likeable enough, even good looking, but he's only used to cows and horses, so his courting skills leave a lot to be desired.

Marcus Hester is excellent as the callow cowboy, Bo, and Chloe Sehr resolutely assays the part of Cherie (French pronunciation, if you please), the been-there, done-that chanteuse, without once resorting to a Marilyn Monroe impersonation. As Hudson Adams remarks in his director's notes: "You're not sure Bo and Cherie will still be together by Topeka. I like that."

Anthony Rodriguez is a hoot as Carl, the bus driver who's looking out for a different kind of rest stop, and Pat Bell is his quiet anchor as Grace, the owner of the cafe.

The real finds in this piece, however, are Randy Weinstein, as Bo's older pal Virgil, Jeff Feldman as the Sheriff, Will, and Samantha Bentley as the young waitress Elma. Weinstein imbues Virgil with a type of sweetness that makes you ache for him alone at the end. Feldman is always, always, always a joy to watch, one of those rare actors who can walk out in a cowboy hat and boots and tell you a story just by the way he stands. Not content to get by on just the "right look," though, he adds other small touches. Check out his choice of reading material.

I fell in love, though, with Samantha Bentley. Her sweet, expressive face was a window directly into Elma's soul. Innocence, intelligence, wit, intrigue, respect, shock, distaste, all flickered past. It was like watching some rare and beautiful species of angel communicate without words. I told her afterward that I was so in love with Elma, I couldn't understand why Bo didn't leave with her instead of Cherie. Maybe Sheriff Will hung out a "No Trespassing" sign.

I liked these folks. 'Course, I'm from Kansas and my folks are Okies. Like I said, a home comedy. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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