Give yourself a treat and spend an evening with 29 unusual and comedic characters in the recent production of Plane Talk at SkyPilot Theater in NoHo. Set in various airport waiting rooms, this show features several humorous and dramatic moments that highlight the frustration and uneasiness we have come to expect when we are forced to travel by air. Rest assured, the large ensemble is able to handle the many characters of each act which includes a wonderful cross cultural example of everyday folks just trying to fly somewhere with the least amount of interference.
In one storyline discussion centers around how those of a certain age remember when travel use to be fun and exciting. Now it has been reduced to invasive questions and constant suspicion. Another story that works very well shows us a bomb-toting conspiracy laden woman who is convinced the airport is covering up a secret plot with deadly underground tunnels. Very good writing in this story and a special note to the actor playing head of operations, J.R. Esposito. He is at ease with the character and elicits a strong presence. A real natural on stage.
Overall, this production accomplishes what it sets out to in this ambitious theatrical endeavor. Combining some of the story lines might give it a stronger hold on the audience, however, there is very little to correct here. The strong acting ability of a veteran cast with some smart newcomers, this production is fun to watch. As usual, the acting at SkyPilot is top notch and keep an eye on future productions with Lindsay Mixon and Amelia Rose. Their wonderful singing voices were a highlight to the ‘Reel People’ act that pokes fun at those Hollywood types we all love to hate.
Each of these ten short plays were written and directed by different individuals. Please don’t miss this production. It has a short run at the T.U.Studios, 10943 Camarillo St., North Hollywood, CA 91602, and January 21-February 26, 2012. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at www.SKYPILOTTHEATER.com.