First Nighter: "The Layover," Leslye Headland's New Play Proves a Welcome Stay-Over
Huffington Post - 6 months
From the very beginning Leslye Headland drops several hints about what she's up to in The Layover, her irresistibly intriguing new play at Second Stage.
The first clue is obscure: Sherrie (Annie Parisse) and Dex (Adam Rothenberg) strike up a conversation when the New York-bound plane they're on is delayed for Thanksgiving Eve takeoff. That alert--a meet-cute variation--is made less obscure when in their quizzing each other, Sherrie says she teaches a course in American crime fiction, and not too long after that crime author Patricia Highsmith enters the chat.
Highsmith's Strangers on a Train comes up, leading to an exchange where Dex asks Sherrie about her notion of the perfect murder, and she says, "The perfect murder is a murder with no motive"--to which he replies, "Like Strangers on a Train," and she comes back with the supposedly joke-y "Or plane."
There you have it. Headland, who also wrote the overrated Bachelorette, has a thing for Patricia Highsmith and so decides sh
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