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Imagination takes flight at The Edge Theater

Regional premiere of ‘Mud Blue Sky’ in Lakewood

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There are times when air travel is an extremely frustrating and even dangerous prospect. And so often, the recipients of travelers’ ire are people who are in the same situation as they are — flight attendants.

In Marisa Wegrzyn’s “Mud Blue Sky,” three flight attendants spend a layover commiserating on the highs and lows of their profession, with an eye on an uncertain future.

“We wanted to lighten things up for our first summer show,” said Patty Ionoff, one of the flight attendants in the show. “It’s a fairly new work that is a comedy, but kind of a dark comedy.”

Directed by Robert Kramer, the play runs at The Edge Theater, 1560 Teller St. in Lakewood, from June 9 through July 2. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays.

The story of “Mud Blue Sky” follows Beth (Ionoff) and Sam (Emily Paton Davies), two flight attendants who have some time to kill during a layover in Chicago. While there they meet up with Angie (Emma Messenger), a friend and former flight attendant. As the trio reminisces, Beth befriends Eric (Erik Thurston) a young pot dealer who is helping them out on his prom night.

“What I love about this show is that Wegrzyn has written three complex, really flawed and interesting characters,” Paton Davies said. “So often women characters are decoration around a story, but these women get to be funny, ugly, mean and pretty.”

The small cast and intimate storytelling is a perfect match for The Edge Theater, and which prizes these kinds of character-driven stories, both Ionoff and Paton Davies said.

“These women have an interesting struggle, as they try to figure out what to do with their lives, especially at their ages,” Ionoff said. “There is a lot of understanding in Wegryn’s writing, and I think a lot of women will relate to these kinds of choices and challenges.”

One of the best things about the play, according to Paton Davies, is the deftness and humor with which these issues are examined.

“It’s the perfect summer show, because it’s really funny and just flies along,” she said. “It’s something everyone can relate to, and is just a lovely, poignant show.”

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