"Airline Highway"

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

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Colorful New Orleans characters gather for a burlesque queen’s living funeral in this raucous new drama from Steppenwolf Theater Company

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Airline Highway

There are the tourists that swarm to New Orleans to burn money and collect beads at Mardi Gras. Then there are the “real” people of The Big Easy, the unsung heroes and zeroes of the city that give it flair. These are the denizens of the Hummingbird Motel, a ramshackle hovel on the viaduct of broken dreams that is Airline Highway. It’s here where Mrs. Ruby, a beloved former burlesque queen has gathered a motley crew to throw a party and celebrate her life. But this is New Orleans, where there’s no difference between a funeral and a party.

Carrying all the stature theatergoers expect from Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Airline Highway arrives on Broadway with Manhattan Theatre Club, riding waves of praise. As Variety claims, “it’s a beautiful play, taking us into a world we’d be unlikely to brave on our own, but that has much teach us.” That world has been lovingly crafted by designer Scott Pask, who successfully transforms the theater into the Hummingbird’s seedy parking lot. Likewise, veteran Broadway director Joe Mantello (recipient of a Tony for Take Me Out), helms the play with “kindness, restraint, and sudden bursts of energy,” according to the Chicago Tribune. The authenticity of the dialogue comes courtesy of Pulitzer-nominated playwright Lisa D’Amour, whose experience as a Carnival Queen in New Orleans has given her an “acute sense of American place,” the Tribune writes once again.

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