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Bonnie's Last Flight

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Relevant

About the show

In a comedy set on everyone’s least favorite mode of transit, we must reckon with our crew’s dreams and regrets and ask ourselves: What is the best way to live and how? More…

"Bonnie’s Last Flight" is a three-part play set on a plane. The audience makes the trip as passengers: sitting on a tarmac before takeoff, floating at cruising altitude, and buckling down for the wild and rocky descent back to land.

It’s Jan’s retirement flight. Everyone knows, except for Greig, Jan’s best friend and coworker of many years. As Greig waxes nostalgic, Jan worries about life post-retirement. LeeAnne, a klutzy newbie flight attendant with a dark past, must avoid her ex on the plane while Captain, a waggish pilot with a weakness for unlimited Bloody Mary Brunches, is caught in a love triangle. Erik, the co-pilot with a heart of gold, can’t get a word in edgewise. Presiding over the flight is Mark Twain, of course. 


Member Reviews (6)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great staging, Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Relevant
79
Avg Score

88
Smart, Contemporary, Empathetic, Eccentric, Adventurous

See it if you’d like to experience the work of a smart, funny, engaged, offbeat young playwright in an intimate, one-of-a-kind setting.

Don't see it if you cannot indulge a highly satirical take on how we live now, even when it is also very accepting of all kinds of human foibles.

Also Will emerging playwright Eliza Bent ever be a mainstream taste? Maybe ... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

See it if Like non-traditional theatre - or theatre spaces. Quirky and fun.

Don't see it if A bit simplistic but a basic story with interesting characters - characters more than persons.

95
Clever, Delightful, Ambitious, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a truly original immersive play by one of the best new up-and-coming playwrights.

Don't see it if You don't like absurdism/surrealism and/or don't like shows that break the fourth wall.

75
Relevant, Silly, Funny, Immersive

See it if you want to be immersed in the performance and like comedies.

Don't see it if being immersed makes you uncomfortable.

82
Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy interactive theater or surreal/absurdist comedy, or are looking for lighthearted fare.

Don't see it if You're a stickler for solidly written, thoroughly plausible drama (it's neither)...or you dislike interacting with performers.

Also I had fun at the show and came out feeling "definite thumbs-up!" Think... Read more Read less

50
Insipid, Disappointing, Twee

See it if You appreciate broad bits, dwelling in nostalgia, and don't go to the theater for social/political urgency.

Don't see it if Mark Twain guides us on the flight, but the play lacks the sharpness and social insight that lifted his writing beyond mere wit.


February 21st, 2019
“’Bonnie's Last Flight’ is set on a plane, but the comedy doesn’t achieve liftoff. The production’s designers do their best, with middling success to replicate the signifiers of a standard airplane cabin...But the name of the airline, Smelta, is an early clue as to the sophistication level of thi...
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February 15th, 2019
“’Bonnie's Last Flight’ is a production design in search of a play...This is a pretty impressive achievement. If only such care and attention had been focused on the plot and characters. Bent's script is a rattletrap collection of sketch-comedy tropes, most of them founded on the belief that the ...
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February 13th, 2019
"A nice idea for a show that never gets off the ground both in terms of its writing and staging...Sadly, the show that opened Wednesday at the Fourth Street Theatre is poorly composed, falteringly performed, and woefully under-designed...Staged in an actual production, its facetious doings prove ...
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February 15th, 2019
"'Bonnie's Last Flight' peppers its character moments with humorous sketches and air travel anecdotes. Some don't hit their mark, but most do. There's an especially amusing and thoughtful moment where the audience is handed landing cards on which they're invited to 'lighten their emotional luggag...
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