Rosary O'Neill! New Orleans' Playwright Steps Into NYC Off, Off Broadway Scene - Page 2
Last night was the first time, the NAC held a staged reading of her most recent play, fresh off a Word Perfect document, the world premier reading of Plane Love. And it was uplifting, funny and sad in a time where tragedy and comedy hold hands and make love, go through divorces and marriages, then part forever.
Rosary's inspiration for Plane Love as she laughingly says and her husband Bob enthusiastically confirms came from their own experiences falling in love after meeting on a flight. A good deal of the clever dialogue (When Rosary hears a particularly choice and hysterical line in regular conversation, she whips out her notebook and writes it down for "the feel of veracity.") and witty repartee was culled from their conversations via texting, e-mailing, mobiling. (Bob travels as a consultant.) Much of it is beguiling and steamy love talk which she includes in the play to her credit because it IS funny!
The other inspiration for Plane Love is based on the sizzling yet sweet relationship and eventual marriage of Clark Gable and Carol Lombard from the Hollywood Studio legends days. Don't know who they are? You haven't seen Gable in the iconic civil war epic Gone With the Wind? Well, if you are 20 and can't wait for The Hunger Games to come out, you're forgiven. (Hell, I'm waiting for the film to come out.)
Plane Love gambits the turning points of Gable's and Lombard's lives: the click-snap falling in love when they meet, their gradual recognition of what has happened, despite being involved with others, and the tug and pull throughout, until they symbolically close what is beyond their power to resist.
The production directed by Tavia Trepte and acted by Chris LaPanta (Bill Goodman-a la Gable) and Leanne Barrineau (Jane Darling-Lombard) highlighted with humor and pathos elements of the Gable/Lombard relationship. In the question and answer period afterward, one could understand the power of the bond between the characters and how it was likened to the one between Gable and Lombard. Gable never easily recovered from losing Lombard to a plane crash. He chose to be buried beside her, even though he had married again. The production of Plane Love expertly completed Rosary O'Neill's vision to reveal life's fullness with a tear and a smile, especially when it comes to love.Continued on the next page