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Craving for Travel

Craving for Travel. Peter Jay Sharp Theater (see Off Broadway). By Greg Edwards and Andy Sandberg. Directed by Sandberg. With Michele Ragusa, Thom Sesma. Running time: 1hr 20mins. No intermission.

Craving for Travel: In brief

A formerly married pair of travel agents (Michele Ragusa and Thom Sesma) compete for their moribund industry's top prize in a two-actor, 30-character comedy by Greg Edwards and Andy Sandberg, the latter of whom also directs.

Craving for Travel: Theater review by Jenna Scherer

You’ve heard of advertorials; meet the advertheatrical. You see, Greg Edwards and Andy Sandberg were commissioned to write this two-hander about the luxury-travel industry by…a luxury-travel agent. Very game actors Michele Ragusa and Thom Sesma play a pair of amicably divorced travel agents, and also the dozens of clients, hotel clerks and fellow industry types they talk to on the phone.

The jokes are a mile a minute and dumb as bricks (“In Australia, there are didgeridoos and didgeridon’ts”), and the script leaves no offensive stereotype unused: Chinese people are swindlers! Jamaicans are skeevy! Lithuanians are poor! Gay men will bend over backward for Patti LuPone!

As a piece of entertainment, it’s pretty awful; as a marketing tool, it isn’t so great either. How could a play with so little regard for other cultures make anyone want to book a trip anywhere?—Theater review by Jenna Scherer

THE BOTTOM LINE: This evening-length advertisement leaves no low-hanging fruit unpicked.

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Kelly Monaghan

Hysterically funny and a splendid showcase for two extraordinarily talented performers. Ms. Sherer adds more yuks by inadvertently revealing that travel agent/producer Jim Strong obviously makes far more money in his "moribund industry" than any TimeOut critic can ever hope to see.