Theatre Review: Main Street Theatre Works' "Bus Stop"

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(Jackson, CA)
Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Bo Decker is a cowboy. He’s seen a pretty girl, he’s proposed marriage – and he feels he has all the attributes a husband needs – he can read and write, he can rope a steer – what more could a girl want?
Well, she might like a little humility. After she turns him down, he stomps off stage, and this conversation between girlfriends ensues.

(Play excerpt)

Meantime, the impulsive young cowpoke gets some sage advice about handling rejection from his older friend.

(Play excerpt)

Those clips, and the crickets chirping in the background, tell you a lot about this outdoor production, which is a low-key charmer. And remember, a crafty playwright like the great William Inge can locate a happy ending, even in this unlikely scenario. If you’re a film buff, you’ll recall the movie version with Marilyn Monroe, and this production has that same 1950s sensibility.  “Bus Stop” is another winning summer show by Main Street Theatre Works, a spunky local group with a knack for staging American classics under the stars.

"Bus Stop," presented by Main Street Theatre Works,  continues on Fridays and Saturdays through September 9th at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson.