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Airline Highway

From 32 member  reviews
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. More…

In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans’ infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather to celebrate the life of their substitute mother, Miss Ruby, who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. A co-production between Manhattan Theatre Club and Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Member Reviews (32)


Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing
Avg Score

Unfocused, Pointless, Unengaging, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy slice-of-life pieces, heavily populated, w no story arc. The set was impressively squalid, the characters not nearly as convincing

Don't see it if you value a strong script: well-constructed w believable characters and insights. An unwatchable mess.

Boring, Ambitious, Dated, Irrelevant

See it if you have an MTC subscription.

Don't see it if you prefer plots to soliloquies. Too ambitious.

Boring, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You like stories about drug addicts throwing a party for a friend, that aren't particularly interesting.

Don't see it if You're looking to be entertained or see a new view point on a situation.

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.

Quirky, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy watching a group of misfit characters relate with one another.

Don't see it if you don't like straight plays.

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.

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.

Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you enjoy a story focused on a non-traditional community

Don't see it if you want a classic

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.

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

Broadway transfer from steppenwolf (chicago), Disappointing, Edgy, Quirky, Overrated

See it if I heard that Tony-winner Julie White was "starring" in AIRLINE HIGHWAY but her character was just a part of this oddball ensemble play. MEH

Don't see it if Skip this one if U don't care for shows about White trash and transvestite prostitutes that use a rundown hotel as a giant whorehouse. TRASH

Disappointing, Edgy, Slow, Quirky

See it if You like modern stories of outsiders banding together or you love Julie White.

Don't see it if You don't like character driven works. It didn't quite manage to grab me like I had hoped.

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.

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.

Entertaining, Quirky, Confusing, Original

See it if you like non-traditional plays.

Don't see it if don't like to see the life of people on the fringes of society.

Entertaining, Great acting, Slow

See it if you try to see all of Steppenwolf's shows, or are a fan of Julie White.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for a slow, ponderous night in the theater.

Cliched, Ambitious, Slow, Weak script (sad coming from steppenwolf)

See it if you want to see a rag tag group of addict/user transients turn into a family who make their home at a worn down, cheap motel

Don't see it if you want to see any kind of social reality with this uneven script; no character development; hints of underage sex with a minor

Confusing, Raunchy, Excruciating

See it if You are OK with losing 2 hours of your life that you can't get back.

Don't see it if you don't want to waste your time or money.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Loved it! Beautiful! Sad! Poignant

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

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if You like underdogs, outcasts and dysfunctional families watch this

Don't see it if You don't like eccentric types or are looking for something with a cut & dry moral

Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow, Boring

See it if You like new musicals, like stories about people that are "invisible", stories that are a bit off, like quirkiness

Don't see it if Hate musicals, slow stories, have no patience, because this story drags

Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Dizzying, Original

See it if you love new story lines you love great acting open to forward thinking topics

Don't see it if you like musicals you are more conservative regarding values and language

Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are looking for some edgy, interesting theater, with characters you love to hate until you learn to love them.

Don't see it if you are looking for light, or simply entertaining fare, or want to escape into a happy place.

Depressing, Mediocre, Slow, Stereotypical

See it if you're fan of ensemble pieces and you like detailed large-scale sets.

Don't see it if you are looking for something with poignant substance.

Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Cliched

See it if You like plays about characters who live on the margin of society. Good insight but disjointed at times. Dark. Depressing

Don't see it if You are looking for an uplifting, positive story.

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 unha...
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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 ...
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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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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 bef...
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