@nexttokimdavis is trending on Twitter. The handle is an imagined thought bubble over the head of the hapless co-worker seated next to the now jailed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis. Sprinkled with inside office jokes and “you’d have to work here to understand” humor, it is resonating with cubicle rats everywhere working in high pressured, tight quarters…with no chance of moving up the ladder, or even snagging the top shelf of the office fridge.
A lot like flight attendants. Although their offices are mobile, crews quickly learn each others’ foibles and find their own unique ways of coping. Marisa Wegrzyn’s Mud Blue Sky is mile high humor at its best. Wegrzyn has clearly drawn on her flight attendant mom’s experiences—she gets the nuances and even sprinkles in some gems from the FA lexicon…(hint--Google “crop dusting” and “slam locker”).
All of Mud Blue Sky’s characters are in various forms of limbo, trying to figure out what’s next. Devin O’Brien’s gives a powerful, yet nuanced performance as high school senior Jonathan. Laura Jane Bailey’s fired-because-fat Angie starts out as a bit player before accelerating into a haunting tale you won’t soon forget. Stealing the show, however, is the snarky interplay between work-sisters Beth (Jamie Jones) and Sam (Rebecca Dines) as they power through another midnight landing and 5 AM call time. Director Tom Ross keeps the pace
Who will like this play? Frequent fliers, FAs and anyone who’s ever worked in a more grunge than glamorous position.
Photo credit: David Allen
Sam (c. l, Rebecca Dines*) sends Jonathan (c. r, Devin O’Brien) on an errand as Angie (r, Laura Jane Bailey*) watches and Beth (l, Jamie Jones*) pours herself another drink in Aurora Theatre Company’s Bay Area Premiere of Mud Blue Sky