The current show at the Granite Theatre is Norm Foster's "Here on the Flight Path". The show is a hilarious look at a would-be ladies man's relationships with three attractive women- Fay, Angel and Gwen. For John Cummings, living in a big city building on the edge of the airport, the coming and going of jet planes is simply a metaphor for the way life flies by. When you don't grab tomorrow by the tail, you're left on the edge of the runway, on the outskirts of life. John is a newspaper columnist and a bitter divorcee. Three women live in the apartment next door over the space of four years. John tells us about them and we see the way he interacts with each of them. Director Arthur Pignataro directs this show beautifully mixing the comic and dramatic elements, giving it the depth it needs to make it successful.
Arthur makes each of the women different from the other and gives them many comic bits to do in their roles. He gives each of them their moment to shine in this show. Arthur is aided in his task by hard working stage manager Ann Gestrich with Arthur on lights and sound. The lovely double balcony set is by David Jepson. Our lives are like living on a flight path, you take a new journey every now and then, looking forward to new adventures all the time. John lives in an apartment with a balcony. John Cillino is dynamic in this role and his interactions with the three women are priceless. John has many monologues and delivers them wonderfully. He gives us the background of these relationships and speaks directly to the audience and to the women he is interested in. He tells the woman that April, June and September is his favorite month and it is time to wipe the slate clean. The character hates poets because his wife left him for a poet, taking his home, car and children away from him. John does a tremendous job in this huge role, obtaining many laughs while doing so.
Pretty red head, Lisa Clough plays Fay who tells John she is a motivational speaker when she is really a professional prostitute. She has many comic lines and starts off the show doing exercises. At one point she pursues John which is hilarious and one of her funniest lines is "Lay them right then you can walk over them for the next twenty years.. Gorgeous brunette, Rochelle Weinrach plays Angel, an aspiring musical-comedy singer-actress in town on daddy's money. She is a hoot as this bubbly energetic girl who constantly sings "Don't Rain on My Parade". Some of her comic moments are when Angel finally gets cast in a musical based on Moby Dick and also when she wants to buy a red car because they run well for her family. Gwen is a recent divorcee who has come to town to "rebuild her life". Pretty raven haired Diana Blanda plays this character who cries constantly at first then tells John that she left her husband because he wouldn't stop using a handkerchief while listening to sad music. Gwen wants to read her poetry to John, they dance together and when he tries to kiss her, her glasses hit him in the face. Diana is a natural born comedienne and plays this role with ease. All three women deliver comic performances in their roles. So for a wonderful look at a brand new show, be sure to catch "Here on the Flight Path". This is my 100th review this year!