Performing Arts: Theater
June 11, 2014
Fly By Night connects several people with great expectations. The gorgeous young woman, Daphne (Patti Murin) is talented and full or promise. She packs her hopes, and heads to NYC where opportunities are hard to capture. A quadruple threat, Ms. Murin sings, dances, acts and looks like the perfect blond next door. But NYC is a rough town and rarely lets dreams float without strings attached. Daphne’s best friend and sister, the reserved Miriam (Allison Case) is a romantic type who loves stars and ponders the existence inside each person. Miriam’s dreams are more down to earth than Daphne’s-- even if her heart is the in the clouds.

Last seen in the marvelously inventive “Peter and The Starcatcher,” Adam Chanler-Berat (Harold McClam) plays guitar, and makes sandwiches next to the cuddly crabby deli owner Crabble (Michael McCormick). Dropped into the middle of these scenarios, Mr. McClam (Peter Friedman) remains stuck in the past, bemoaning his wife’s death while gripping a record of La Traviata as the soundtrack to this life. Oh and there’s the bumbling, trust-fund playwright Joey Storms (Bryce Ryness) who casts Daphne in his new play, but never terminates the rehearsal process.

Entering and exiting corners of the story, Henry Stram narrates the characters’ lives intersecting like bumper cars in an amusement park, erupting in a love triangle, obvious coincidences and plucky choices.

The creative team responsible for this light-hearted, unoffensively derivative musical includes Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick and Kim Rosenstock. Unusual to have three eqally talented writers, lyricist and composers—but I guess it happens in New Haven. Fly By Night continues at Playwrights Horizons.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis

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