Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-08-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

THEATER REVIEW Bus Stop
By Sarah Bowden
2018-07-25

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Written by: William Inge

At: Athenaeum Theater, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $20-$30; EclipseTheatre.com . Runs through: August 19

The women of Bus Stop are given little room to breathe.

They are shouted over, leered at and repeatedly reminded they owe their happiness to men. They all comment on the way they are treated, but few allies listen. Even when men hear them, conflict is still resolved via a testosterone-driven fistfight. I would never have guessed that William Inge's drama about love and regret might comment so sharply on our contemporary struggles concerning gender, harassment, and respect, but thanks to Steve Scott's incisive direction of this Eclipse production, here we are.

Grace ( Sarah Bright ) runs a Kansas diner frequented by stop-overs on their way to places like Topeka and Denver. Her bright and wide-eyed waitress Elma ( Jillian Warden ) serves up coffee and soaks up stories from travelers. One such traveler is Cherie ( Daniella Pereira ), a self-described chanteuse who rushes into the restaurant looking for protection from the man who abducted her only hours before. His name is Bo ( Anthony Conway ); he's a Montana cowboy intent on marrying Cherie and building a life with her on his family ranch. His father figure Virgil ( Zach Bloomfield ) cautions him to slow down, as does local sheriff Will ( Tim Kough ), but the hot-headed rodeo champ refuses to accept Cherie's rejection. Meanwhile, Grace deals with the suggestive advances of bus driver Carl ( Matt Thinnes ) while Elma is targeted by disgraced Dr. Lyman ( Ted Hoerl ), who has trouble keeping away from young girls.

No customer or server can get away from one another for very long in scenic designer Kevin Hagan's cramped table seating. Rather than fight the theatricality of overheard conversations and broken trains of thought, Scott embraces these devices by having men butt in to other's business using insidious methods. Bo means well, but his bouncing-off-the-walls declarations of love derail Cherie's ability to tell him what she actually wants from him. More obviously, Lyman's open body language and intimate lean-ins show everyone what he intends, even if the naive Elma cannot perceive it.

Pereira as Cheri has a deadpan sense of humor and determined sensibility that more than makes her a match for Conway's bullheaded energy, while Warden walks a fine line between innocence and curiosity. Bright betrays Grace's wistful sadness with only a look at her diner as she turns out the lights. If Scott cannot pack the male figures with as much pathos as the female characters, that may be due to Inge's plotting, which wraps the story up with dialogue about Virgil's regret, rather than Grace's. Luckily, Scott improves on that moment, too.

Inge's script contains a telling exchange between Bo and Will late in the action. The cowboy proclaims he has a right to what he loves, implying he can do what he likes to bully Cheri into marrying him. Will responds that Bo will see his love returned only if he takes the actions necessary to deserve it. Bus Stop is not a play about 2018, but I am glad it is playing in Chicago right now.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

REVIEW The African Company Presents Richard III 2018-09-19 - By Carlyle Brown. At: Oak Park Festival Theatre, Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Tickets: 708-300-3896 or https://oakparkfestival.com; $20-$32, free children under ...


Gay News

Martha Wash, singer of 'It's Raining Men,' to star in WaistWatchers The Musical 2018-08-13 - The production that has had audience members "burning off pounds just laughing," according to the Los Angeles Times, WaistWatchers The Musical! makes its ...


Gay News

Goodman New Stages Fest includes Sarah Schulman, Ricardo Gamboa and Paula Vogel 2018-08-13 - This fall, Goodman Theatre presents its New Stages Festival—a free annual celebration and discovery of new plays by some of the country's finest ...


Gay News

Casting announced for natioanl tour of Hello, Dolly! 2018-08-11 - CHICAGO ( August 9, 2018 ) Producer Scott Rudin and Broadway In Chicago are delighted to announce the cast for the first national ...


Gay News

THEATER FEATURE 'Pillowtalk' a love story for post-marriage equality world 2018-08-08 - The audience won't hear the Toni Morrison quote that serves as an intro to playwright Kyoung H. Park's Pillowtalk, running Aug. 17-18 at ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Rick Stone the Blues Man 2018-08-08 - Playwright: JackieTaylor At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: $55-$65; BlackEnsemble.org 773-769-4451. Runs through: Aug. 26 Since its debut in ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW BLISS, or Emily Post Is Dead! 2018-08-08 - Playwright: Jami Brandli At: Athenaeum Theatre ( Studio One ), 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $17-27; 773-935-6875 or AthenaeumTheatre.org. Runs through: Aug. 25 ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW The Harvest 2018-08-08 - Playwright: Samuel D. Hunter At: Griffin Theatre Company at The Den, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-697-3830; GriffinTheatre.com; $36. Runs through: Aug. 25 ...


Gay News

Critics Pics 2018-08-08 - Defacing Michael Jackson, Flying Elephant Productions at Stage 773, through Aug. 12. It takes a village to raise, or reject, a child—and Aurin ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW The Lady Demands Satisfaction 2018-08-06 - Playwright: Arthur M. Jolly At: Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: $25; BabesWithBlades.org. Runs through: ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.