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The Layover

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Members say: Great acting, Disappointing, Absorbing, Great staging, Clever

About the show

Second Stage Theatre presents Leslye Headland's new play about strangers connecting during an unanticipated layover. More…

Ever wonder who that stranger is sitting next to you? What's their story? What are they hiding? Shellie and Dex dare to answer these questions after their flight is delayed on a snowy Thanksgiving night. What they discover about themselves, and each other, sends both of their lives into upheaval. From the darkly funny writer of 'Bachelorette,' 'Layover' asks the question: Can you ever really get to know somebody when you're hiding so much yourself?

Member Reviews (143)


Great acting, Disappointing, Absorbing, Great staging, Clever
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Original, Profound, Challenging, Hilarious, Satirical

See it if You like dark comedy and dramatic irony. The writer pokes fun at people doing ridiculous things to take a break from their commitments.

Don't see it if You don't like satirical relationship scenes. The play rambles a bit, but is mostly witty while posing serious questions.

Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Boring, Forgettable

See it if adultery is a theme that interests you.

Don't see it if you're looking for something fresh or just generally well written (this is not).

Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining, Dark, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a diverting and entertaining show. All of the performances were excellent.

Don't see it if You want to see a light comedic show. This is pretty is pretty serious and depressing although there are laughs along the way.

First section is good then it's all downhill, Slow, Confusing, Poorly written

See it if you want to experience how 90 minutes can feel like an eternity. Why didn't the director or the dramaturge assist the writer?

Don't see it if you have other plays to see. This one is not memorable.

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if Like couples' dramas about betrayal; have ever wanted to escape a humdrum life and seek adventure and face unexpected consequences

Don't see it if You are very moral and dislike plays with sexual overtones; Recently broke up a relationship; Cannot watch elder abuse Have trust issues

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy solid acting in a great linear story that keeps you guessing as to what might happen and shocks you at the end.

Don't see it if You don't like stories that feel real. Or don't feel like being taken for a ride that is going to dump you somewhere other then you thought.

Cliched, Disappointing, Yawn

See it if you have nothing else to do. The staging is interesting. Some of the acting is good. There are some great lines, but....

Don't see it if you expect more from this gifted playwright. Don't see it if actors who cannot deliver lines without making faces annoy you.

Absorbing thriller with lame ending

See it if Had me on the edge of my seat at times. Complicated set was effective. Sexy chemistry between Rothenberg and Parisse - her last perf, tho

Don't see it if Cliched ending spoiled the fun -- and Headland's twisty imagination. Overlapping scenes of two families mostly worked. Overall, a good play

Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Indulgent, Underrated

See it if you appreciate sharp and witty dialogue, are interested in the deconstruction of love at first sight and a 90 minute character study

Don't see it if you are unforgiving of a WTF ending, you are looking for more suspense, you need to feel personally invested in the characters

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

See it if Interesting premise. Snappy dialog. Good (and good-looking!) performers. Doesn't go where you thought it would.

Don't see it if Slow in many spots. I found myself fidgeting. They say it's 90 minutes, but it was 2 hours with no intermission. I left saying, huh?

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Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if Like a soso sitcom with a great performane by Annie Parisee

Don't see it if You werent fond of strangers on a train, its a poor imitation

Entertaining, Raunchy, Intense

See it if you are interested in dramas about unusual and difficult romantic relationships.

Don't see it if you are offended by explicit sexualily or infidelity themes.

Ambitious, Involving, Indulgent, Disappointing, Disjointed

See it if you don't mind a promising, engaging play being somewhat derailed at the 11th hour by a perplexing lack of coherence between start & finish.

Don't see it if you would mind that. I don't regret seeing it, as it holds the audience's interest & is performed well. It's just frustrating on the whole.

Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging, Banal

See it if you want to see how a play can fall apart with just one scene change. Staging and acting are quite good, though.

Don't see it if you have something better to do.

Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you like twist endings. Story builds to an somewhat interesting and confusing ending.

Don't see it if The story does not make much sense. Short scenes. Ending contrived. Two families are over the top.

Strongly-acted, Unfocused, Partly-quixotic, Edgy

See it if you relish the freshness emerging in playwrights, plays, & actors Off-Broadway; you like contemporary works; you don't mind uneven writing.

Don't see it if you're easily offended by sexuality, foul-mouthed children, & affairs. The play's finale undoes what could've been highly-shocking new work.

Ambitious, Clever, Profound

See it if You like an interesting mystery story that keeps you intrigued throughout

Don't see it if You don't like mysteries

Great acting, Great writing, Compelling, Profound

See it if You like intriguing, psychological dramas performed by great actors. This show held my interest throughout.

Don't see it if You are looking for a satisfying ending. Though the writing and performances were very strong, the ending was a little disappointing.

Ambitious, Romantic, Clever, Disappointing

See it if You like relationship based, quirky shows.

Don't see it if Can't suspend your disbelief.

Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if I solid first act that fizzles hard in the second.

Don't see it if Ok to skip this one.

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

See it if Two strangers, leading unfulfilling and dull lives, meet, one creates a fantasy life, is exposed, and they fall in love. Surprise ending.

Don't see it if are tired of the rich boy meets poor girl living their dull lives, fall in love, meet up and...... I will not spoil the ending, sorry.

Disappointing, Needs a dramaturge

See it if you want to see a very fine cast in a play that starts well and ends badly

Don't see it if you expect the quality of writing in Bachlorette. Desperately needs rewriting. Starts strong and deteriorates. Final scene unnecessary.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing, Must see

See it if see amazing actors perform an entertaining plot. Maria and Adam had great chemistry. Me and friends were pleasantly surprised. Great Staging

Don't see it if had or victim of an affair. Can't sit still for 90 minutes. Don't like great acting and great shows.

Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you like good acting, and wouldn't mind a bad ending.

Don't see it if You want the main characters well developed.

Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if you like snappy conversation. Very good acting and staging. Interesting characters that, by the play's end, are not entirely believable.

Don't see it if want a play with a clear ending. It ended leaving me scratching my head.

August 25th, 2016
"Has anyone ever enjoyed a layover? Either it is nerve-janglingly short or grindingly long. 'The Layover,' a disappointing new play by Leslye Headland, achieves the novel feat of being both at the same time. Running a little more than 90 minutes, it doesn’t succeed in bringing us deeply into the ...
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August 25th, 2016
"Trip Cullman’s gorgeous-looking and boldly acted production delivers the play in optimal form: racy laughs that suddenly trail into passages of eloquent pain and loss...True, the character contrivances required by her plot may rankle afterward—and might have been mitigated by retroactive exposit...
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August 25th, 2016
"The plot becomes etiolated as it scrambles after excuses for itself, and, worse, the characters, constantly reshaped to support a crumbling conceit, wind up resembling, despite the best efforts of the actors Adam Rothenberg and Annie Parisse, no human form. Under Trip Cullman’s direction the sup...
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August 25th, 2016
"The author's ambitions slip out of her grasp as she attempts to riff on the kind of adulterous intrigue that was the domain of Patricia Highsmith...The result is a play that resembles a hijacked flight, taking too many jerky detours before crashing…The play's logic has begun to crumble well befo...
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