Airline Highway
Closed 2h 20m
Airline Highway
67

Airline Highway NYC Reviews and Tickets

67%
(31 Ratings)
Positive
65%
Mixed
16%
Negative
19%
Members say
Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing

About the Show

A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the iconic burlesque performer Miss Ruby.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (31)

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ABG
162 Reviews | 72 Followers
93
Original, Profound, Refreshing, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You love fantastic of truly creative, dynamic, original new plays...also if you love New Orleans and its inimitable culture.

Don't see it if You have no interest in the subject matter or in New Orleans generally.

63 Reviews | 22 Followers
89
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Loved it! Beautiful! Sad! Poignant

Don't see it if You don't like to show emotion

156 Reviews | 204 Followers
88
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Original

See it if you want a great story about New Orleans and crazy, under represented people

Don't see it if you don't like the south

1204 Reviews | 486 Followers
87
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like quirky character driven drama about folks that most folks don't even see.

Don't see it if You think you're better than the homeless guy on the corner.

736 Reviews | 256 Followers
85
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Original

See it if You like ambitious, large-cast plays by new playwrights that focus on a very specific American culture.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in weighty dramedies.

234 Reviews | 48 Followers
85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You want to get a peek into the characters lives and watch a play mainly focusing on a group of people.

Don't see it if You are looking for a strong plot, the play mainly focuses on the characters, which I personally enjoyed.

Nic
601 Reviews | 106 Followers
80
Great acting, Indulgent, Resonant, Uneven, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy character studies of large groups of people. We meet a colorful assortment of folks at this last-ditch no-tell motel.

Don't see it if closely examining multiple people at their rock bottoms is a bit too depressing for you.

184 Reviews | 377 Followers
78
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky

See it if enjoy original play with a bizarre group of characters, down on their luck

Don't see it if you are looking for a cut and dry story or a light hearted comedy.

Critic Reviews (45)

The New York Times
April 23rd, 2015

"A bright-blazing production...brims with humor and pungent life. It features a flawless cast...Ms. D’Amour’s play has a loose, baggy structure that sometimes works against it, but this aptly reflects the aimlessness of its characters, who live day to day and would rather not think about the unhappy past or the foggy future...the teeming energy that floods the stage helps roll past the more heavy-treading passages."
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Time Out New York
April 23rd, 2015

"Although the characters are familiar in many ways, director Joe Mantello and his accomplished cast breathe spirit into most of them, and the big, boozy party scene has jazzy vigor...'Airline Highway’s' multiple plot threads are pulled out (or forgotten) in a rushed, unsatisfying denouement that resorts to summarizing its message to the audience in the form of a (literal) high-school class presentation. Like the cinder-block–mounted car the play has color and beat-up charm, but doesn’t go anywhere."
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New York Theatre Guide
April 23rd, 2015

"Lisa D'Amour's script is a slow road to nowhere...In a landscape made infamous by Tennessee Williams, this tale is oddly lacking in poetry. If the Hummingbird is symbolically a fragile nest filled with small lives, its creator left out the tension and passion that could have turned it into a "Motel Named Desire.""
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 23rd, 2015

"A beautiful and mesmerizing kaleidoscope of a play by Lisa D’Amour...In its loving attention to squalid detail, it does a novel’s worth of work."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 23rd, 2015

"It’s a wholly derivative piece of work that has been knocked together from refurbished spare theatrical parts...For all its shameless familiarity, the first act of 'Airline Highway' is perfectly watchable, even entertaining...Not so the second act."
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Deadline
April 23rd, 2015

"D’Amour, while clearly sympathetic to her characters, conjures a world too neatly balanced, too eccentric, too oddly wholesome. They’re types, not people. 'Airline Highway' never reaches the status of powerful Katrina post-mortem it seems to be striving for."
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Variety
April 23rd, 2015

"Like a lot of all-night parties, this one doesn’t stand up to the light. The scribe has installed a well-observed group of misfits and losers in the Hummingbird Motel, a haven for social outcasts. But aside from throwing her makeshift family that state-of-the-art shindig, she doesn’t give them much to do — or let them do anything for themselves...'Airline Highway' comes from a long tradition of waiting-room plays, which see a lot of misery but not much action."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 23rd, 2015

"Despite being given a dynamic production with a highly capable cast, this rambling character-driven piece lacks drive and clarity of purpose. While it's a vividly populated canvas, the playwright doesn't do anything much of interest with it...Many in the audience will have lost patience long before then with this disappointing play."
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