By David Walters

Thankfully Flight Risk is playing for only one week at the Gene Frankel Theatre. Hopefully you are, or were, too busy and didn’t get a chance to see it as you’ll not be able to ever get that three hours of time invested back again.

The script, having won the Gene Frankel 15-minutes of Frame One-Act Festival, has been blown-up to a lengthy full length with intermission. I didn’t see it as a one-act, but the full length is cliche, repetitive, and droll; the staging is unimaginative and simplistic (if you don’t sit in the front row you won’t be able to see most of the play as it takes place on the floor); the acting is amateurish and pushy; and the lights shine on the audience for a large part of the show. Being a reviewer it is uncouth for me to walk out at intermission. For this experience I wish I wasn’t, but I am.

The wonderful thing about life is that we get the opportunity to learn from our mistakes (unless you’ve won a Darwin Award). There’s a couple of semesters of learning here so, for the cast and crew, that’s a lot to be thankful for.

I chose to go see this play as it is an evolving playwright with the beginnings of a track record and starting to win some awards. I always want to help those starting out as New York has become so difficult to do theatre and so much gets put at risk for even one small venture. I myself, having been down that road so many years ago, highly commend anyone who gives it a go. Don’t quit. Learn and keep going.

I’m supposed to write at least 400 words about a play I’ve seen, but I just can’t make myself go on anymore. Unless you’re friends or family, let this one slip by, there’s a lot of great stuff out there.

 

At the Gene Frankel Theatre though March 10.