Grossmont College Theatre Review by Kathy Carpenter
Associate Reviewer sdtheatrereviews.com
Freelance Writer, Splash Magazine
December 12, 2017 (La Mesa) - What would you do if you were stuck for hours with strangers with no connection to the outside world? Will Masters says, "A man does not deserve the things he loves, unless he kin be a little humble about gettin'' em." Reach out and connect to those around you is the theme for this play. A perfect sentiment for the season. A slice of life story bringing strangers together.
There is no question the students in the Grossmont theater program can act, as they each bring to life characters we can laugh at, enjoy and grow.
The students present Bus Stop, a story by Wiliam Inge that takes place in 1855 at a street corner restaurant about thirty miles outside Kansas City. When a snowstorm closes the road, a bus must wait out the storm. Five passengers, a diner owner, her young waitress and the sheriff, round out the cast, who must spend the night together. Romance, friendship, laughter, and tender moments fill the stage, as the audience becomes another body enwrapped in kinship with the ensemble at the end of the show.
Eight roles each equal the success of the show directed by Meg DeBoard. An audience favorite is Sam McCubbin, in the role of Dr. Gerald Layman, a former college professor. The character maybe not such a great role model, but the actor isextremely funny, and quite talented. Also, quite funny is Mayte Martinez as Grace the diner owner. Frankie McCutheon, played the young waitress. Charley Mongomery, played, Cherie, a chanteuse. Raymond Kazules, portrayed Bo, the smitten cowboy. Other roles were Keven Rupe, the Sheriff. Estevan Roman, the bus driver and Isai moises luna, Virgil the ranch hand. All played thoughtful, well acted characters we could identify with and enjoy watching.
The acting is tremendous and the actors deserve some love. ‘Tis the season of giving support for growing talent.
Construction on the new theatre has begun. Arrive early for the next production, Heir Apparent opening March 15th; the way in is completely different from what you knew.
Opening March 15, 2018: Heir Apparent