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Arts & Entertainment - June 3, 2011

A turbulent flight

Theatrical tale of a rescue pilot is weighed down by clumsy metaphors and set design

by Kevin Kirby

Every script is a complex problem-solving exercise for the theater company that chooses to produce it. Finding the right actors, costuming them appropriately, creating a believable physical environment on stage, producing the needed special effects (anything from a ringing doorbell to the sinking of the Titanic), and blending all of these elements into a well-paced, stylistically seamless whole: These are a few of the challenges that directors and designers face on every outing. And often, for small theaters especially, the most daunting piece of the puzzle is how to accomplish all of this with limited resources.

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