New York | 1h 20m | Already closed

Ruddy Productions Presents Sinners on a Southbound Bus (FringeNYC)

From 3 critic and 21 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great writing, Clever, Great acting, Funny

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: Set during a late night bus ride on a warm, misty Alabama night, "Sinners on a Southbound Bus" is a dramatic/comedic meditation on fear, morality, and the ghosts we leave behind. More…

Categories: Comedy, Drama, Local. From Ruddy Productions. Written by Ben Holbrook. Directed by Phoebe Padget.

Set during a late night bus ride on a warm, misty Alabama night, "Sinners on a Southbound Bus" is a dramatic/comedic meditation on fear, morality, and the ghosts we leave behind. When Trudy, a quick-thinking young woman, finds herself in the presence of the rash, charismatic Morgan and his more stoic associate, Silas, she sees an opportunity to alleviate some of her boredom on the long, hot bus ride to Dothan. The pleasant conversation, however, takes an ominous turn after an encounter with the police reveals that the two men share a dark, potentially violent secret, which could place every passenger in danger. Trudy, nevertheless, still sees the good in Morgan and, through their budding friendship, finds a connection that forces him to face demons that make every mile more dangerous and every confrontation more volatile, as they head towards their inevitable destination.

1h 20m | Already closed | The Kraine Theater (East Village)

Theatre is Easy

“What Ben Holbrook has accomplished in his writing: a consistent sense of danger and intrigue while revealing his character’s sins through a distinct Southern poeticism. The bus transforms into an emotional and spiritual pressure cooker...As strong as it is, 'Sinners' does not come without the rough edges of a play in development...These factors, though relatively minor, lead the production slightly awry from the excellent pacing, energy, and tone that will take this show to its next level.” Full Review

Theater In The Now

"A sensational script. 'Sinners on a Southbound Bus' is an example of perfectly dangerous theater…Holbrook's text is biting…He smartly avoids preaching by providing all angles of the conversation with ease…Padget had to tell the story through staging...Unfortunately it wasn't enough. She made it seem as if these people were stationary…Ben Holbrook has written a masterpiece. But this production proves that it’s a difficult play to stage." Full Review

Theatre Reviews Limited

"This is an intriguing story, told in a way that raises many questions...The cast is fine, defining characters and playing into the ambiguity of the situation. One problem is the Southern accents, they are inconsistent and difficult to understand...The script can be revised, shortened to quicken the pace, or lengthened to flesh out the characters. There is plenty of opportunity to increase the dramatic arc. As it stands now, it is certainly worthy of a look and a good conversation builder." Full Review

Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You sometimes ask yourself what good and evil mean...and if you want to see a play with real character development.

Don't see it if You are a church lady. Nope, I take that back; see it and open up your mind.

Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if an excellent production all around. Well written and acted, good staging, engaging plot, keeps suspense at just the right moments.

Don't see it if The very last scene is somewhat disappointing and rather unnecessary, imho.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Intense

See it if you are intrigued by plot twists and strong characters interacting realistically

Don't see it if you are offended or upset by violence or ridicule of "church ladies"

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you want see master directing by Phoebe Padget. The cast perform this tight script with clarity. The jokes land and the drama sweats.

Don't see it if You are expecting a full-length bang for your buck. This puppy runs a cool hour.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if you enjoy a tense ensemble drama in a southern setting. Good writing and direction.

Don't see it if you are not interested in southern gothic-style settings and characters. Lead actor a bit hard to understand at times. Needs to enunciate.

Clever, Original, Intense, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if You want to experience a great company of actors who bring a unique script to life.

Don't see it if Intensity, harsh language, and some violence offends you. In that case, you should leave America.

Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You love good, short plays

Don't see it if you think a play needs to be 90 minutes to get your money's worth

Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining, Dated

See it if Like Kevin Kline, great acting, slapstick comedy.

Don't see it if Don't like slightly dated comedies. First act is slow. Long running time show

Great acting, Clever

See it if See it if you want to be entertained. Also if you enjoy a story that brings your emotions from high to low via flirting to being afraid.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you do not like Great acting, interesting story!

Entertaining, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a good story that leaves you with things to chew on. Dark humor with a great plot!

Don't see it if You want singing.

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

See it if You want to be inspired to not only make and see great art but do great things in life.

Don't see it if You don't like to think and be challenged about what is right and wrong in the world

Thought-provoking, Riveting, Original, Must see, Great acting

See it if You wanna be on the edge of your seat for an entire hour... almost as if you're also on the bus!

Don't see it if You dislike contemplating ethics

Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if you enjoy being captivated by the actors & the storyline. It awakens your human spirit to think "what you would do if you were on the bus?"

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical or happy go lucky play.

Riveting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Funny

See it if You like thought-provoking, well-acted dramedy from an up-and-coming playwright.

Don't see it if You hate moon pies

Great acting, Great writing, Original, Great staging, Profound

See it if Are interested in philosophical​ challenges about morality.

Don't see it if You are looking for something to turn your brain off to.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see excellent work - writing, directing and acting !

Don't see it if You don't want to feel engaged in thought provoking human issues.

Great writing, Great staging, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You like dark comedy, The Coen Brothers, southern gothic, Martin McDonagh, Fargo, moonpies.

Don't see it if You prefer your entertainment more on the fluffy side. You have a problem with suspense or get anxious during tense situations.

Absorbing, Great writing, Funny, Fast-paced, Clever

See it if you like tense, fast-paced mysteries; Bonnie & Clyde and other bad-guys-on-the-run stories; cop tales; suspense.

Don't see it if you are particular about your Southern accents.

Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy suspense, complex relationships, imperfect heroes, and dialogue that feels truly human.

Don't see it if You get jumpy at the sound of a gun shot.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want a darkly entertaining show

Don't see it if Your violence bar is low

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You are a person who likes having their moral compass questioned.

Don't see it if Are sensitive to the topic of guns or gun violence

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