Bus Stopby William Inge
Pub. Date: 06/01/1995
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gown and a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, is the passenger with most to worry about. She's been pursued, made love to and finally kidnapped by a twenty-one-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull. The belligerent cowhand is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana. Even as she's ducking out from under his clumsy but confident embraces, and screeching at him fiercely to shut him up, she pauses to furrow her forehead and muse, "Somehow deep inside of me I got a funny feeling I'm gonna end up in Montana …" As a counterpoint to the main romance, the proprietor of the cafe and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle-age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young girl who works in the cafe also gets her first taste of romance.
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It took me a while to get into it. I almost put it dow into the 1st act. I'm glad I didn't. By the second act, it had gotten interesting. It's really interesting to see how things change and what can happen in the span of 24 hours. It was cute
This play is interesting. It all takes place in one location but there are things that happened before the play began that incite the events that happen with in the play. It is not an extremely exciting play but it is interesting. It is a drama with Romantic elements. It seems to deal with what people want and love and how to get both. It takes place in a rural diner. The majority of the characters are stuck there because of a storm and drama unfolds. Each character in this play is naïve about something and just doesn't understand various aspects of the drama that is unfolding or the history of the other characters as well as they thought.