Strangers in the night: Bus Stop
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.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006, Ext. 1. — J.L.