By Michael Block
To start, Ben Holbrook has written a sensational script. Sinners on a Southbound Bus is an example of perfectly dangerous theater. Holbrook's play follows a pair of runaways on a bus as they try to evade the cops. On their journey they meet passengers that force the question of right and wrong. The overlying question is who has the power to decide when it comes to morality. Holbrook's text is biting. Where there's cynicism there's tenacity. He smartly avoids preaching by providing all angles of the conversation with ease. The characters may not be filled with depth but they are engaging.
When it came to acting, this play was dominated by Morgan and Silas played by Michael Coppola and Nabil Traboulsi respectively. It was their story. Coppola had strength yet was held back in clarity with diction issues in accent. Traboulsi was a pent-up ball of anger. And it was exhilarating to watch explode. It’s a shame his character saw an early demise. The hero of the play was Scott Brieden as Officer Triplett. The gag was fun, adding much needed lightness in the play. But Brieden still managed to find variety in similarity.
Sinners on a Southbound Bus is a script to keep an eye on. Ben Holbrook has written a masterpiece. But this production proves that it’s a difficult play to stage.