What's it about?
The Layover is a show about two people -- Shelley and Dexter -- who meet one day during a layover, and again in a different context. What starts off as a funny social commentary ends dark.
Going to the theater alone is an experience in itself. You can't talk about your feelings about the show with someone; instead, you contemplate about what happened in the show. When I finished watching The Layover, I took my stuff, marched to the train, and thought to myself: What did I watch and what does it mean?
What made this show so interesting for me, was the set-up. There were multiple TV screens in the back of the stage, and two airplane seats. The music was disorienting and uncomfortable. I wanted it to stop playing, but I couldn't stop listening. I didn't know what to expect. I thought it would be a funny social commentary about how strangers open up more to each other than they do to their friends. Though the show did make me laugh at moments, it more made me THINK throughout it.
I was so focused during the entire show because both characters were so miserable in their lives and found solace with each other. There weren't many happy bits in the story, in fact, the ending was miserable. No one was laughing at the end. I sure wasn't.
I rushed to the train, sat, and thought about the show. I thought about Karma. Both Shelley and Dexter did a lot of bad things and in the end, they had blood on their hands. It made me think that nothing will go unpunished. We are all punished in some way, as Shelley's dad said. This show did not feel light-hearted. I had a thoughtful experience sitting there in that theater.
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