Come From Away
In response to the terrorists’ attacks on September 11, 2001, thirty-eight international flights were grounded on a Newfoundland island. 6,700 travelers from across the globe were stranded in a series of tiny villages for five days—and thanks to the hard work and gracious accommodations made by all involved, it all worked out.
Sounds like an improbable inspiration for a musical, but Come From Away is a delight. The Canadian-born production is performed on a sparse set with an ensemble of terrific actors playing multiple roles. With it foot-stomping, folksy music, this is a shamelessly sentimental, feel-good musical about getting along despite our differences. And can’t we all use that right about now?
Kevin Kline is genius in Present Laughter, a Noel Coward classic; the rest of the cast not so much. Ben Brantley calls it an “uneven but enjoyable production” and is surprisingly gentle on Mr. Kline’s co stars. (Cobie Smulders of How I Met Your Mother fame is especially wooden, although I give her points for tackling a Broadway role.)
If you are a die-hard Kevin Kline fan, go see it; otherwise not a must see.