The Hotel Nepenthe is Next Up at Phoenix Theatre
The thrilling style of film director David Lynch meets the heartbreaking pathos of playwright William Inge in John Kuntz's remarkable The Hotel Nepenthe. Four actors inhabit 19 characters who live or work in or around The Hotel Nepenthe, a locale straight out of a film noir from Hollywood's golden era.
From the play's first scene between a car-rental agent and a bellhop carrying a mysterious hat box and searching for a missing hotel guest, audiences are transported into a world where a murder might or might not have occurred, a baby is passed from stranger to stranger, a senator's wife plots her revenge, a starlet time travels through her sexual escapades, and taxi dispatchers and bus drivers dispense wisdom to every passenger catching a ride. This is an emotionally searing yet wondrously funny play in which desperately lonely characters are struggling to make connections with other human beings in any way they can.
The Hotel Nepenthe runs February 28-March 24, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees at 2:30pm. Tickets are $33-39, available at the Box Office by calling 317-635-7529 or visiting PhoenixTheatre.org. Phoenix Theatre, always different, always unique!