Take The B Train sees retiree Manni Kuper examine his neuroses and his fear of death, or perhaps of living.
Should you see it?
I think I got on the wrong train.
Take the B Train is the story of an elderly couple who… well that’s all really. Just your average elderly couple in their living room. A living room with a window that you might as well be spying in through as they have a few seemingly routine, regular conversations in a series of seemingly unconnected scenes.
The truth is that the acting in the show is actually pretty decent. Allan MacDonald and particularly Wendi Smith are believable and watchable. They have a nice chemistry and don’t work badly together. The dialogue and scene structure ain’t bad either. There are a few moments where it does seem a bit everywhere and as if the playwright is trying to show his cleverness, but on the whole it works pretty well. As a couple, Mani and Tori feel right.
There’s just no story. No entry point into the world. No conflict. No anything that makes us want to stay there and find out what’s going to happen next. No drama. And for that reason it gets boring quick.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think. Did you like the banter between Mani and Tori? Did you see something in the story that I missed? Join the discussion in the comments below.