"The Wayside Motor Inn": A Drama for 10 Voices by Gurney

September 5, 2014 6:17 PM

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The travelers who check in at The Wayside Motor Inn, A.R. Gurney's engrossing 1977 play, now in an absorbing revival at Signature Theater, are a disparate band, all looking for love in one way or another, but maybe in the wrong place to find it.

Inspired by Longfellow's epic The Wayside Inn and the biblical parable of the sower, some of whose seeds fell by the wayside, Gurney's play may at first seem a simple nostalgic time-capsule. But as the stories spin out of his 10 wayfarers who find themselves in the motel of the title outside Boston,...

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