Strangers in the night: Bus Stop

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

A bus is stranded in a snow­storm at a diner in ru­ral Kansas, leav­ing its driver and four pas­sen­gers to spend the night get­ting to know the diner’s owner, the naive but cu­ri­ously in­tel­lec­tual teenage wait­ress, and the lo­cal sher­iff. We have an al­co­holic pro­fes­sor, an overly con­fi­dent rodeo rider and his ranch-hand buddy, and a ditzy as­pir­ing lounge singer who is re­luc­tantly en­gaged to the rancher. The setup, ready-made for the stage, is the Wil­liam Inge clas­sic, Bus

Stop, open­ing at the Adobe Rose The­atre (1213-B Park­way Drive, 505-629-8688) on Thurs­day, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. The play, di­rected by Staci Rob­bins, ex­plores the hu­man­ity of 1950s Mid­west­ern­ers and those pass­ing through the prairie while Inge sews a thin wire of des­per­a­tion into each char­ac­ter. Per­for­mances take place at 7:30 p.m. Thurs­days to Satur­days and Sun­days at 3 p.m. through Feb. 5. Tick­ets, $20, $15 for stu­dents, are avail­able at www.brown­pa­pertick­ or by call­ing 800-838-3006, Ext. 1. — J.L.

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