AIRPORT OPENED (Brian Shapiro): 2018 Fringe review

2110-00771e90ef0ee06a96236fddbfc95d05Meet Fred, he is very friendly! He is a newly ameliorated airport patron and passenger whose renewed and improved outlook stems from coming to know and appreciate key folks who help keep the people part of things from stacking-up pre and post flight. Through Fred, a new, highly entertaining and illuminating perspective arises upon the airport workers who perform tasks such as information, and wheelchair assistance, bag tracking, custodial and even chaplin services, among others in order to keep the flow of air travel moving right along. Tension is a common feature of flight travel, but each of the above mentioned employees has a wonderfully humorous and enlightening tale to tell about their endeavors to divert and convert it, and the soaring lessons they’ve learned along the way.

Brian Shapiro portrays each character in his play with panache, endowing each with a separate voice inflection, mannerism and illuminating anecdote. He has put together a delightfully captivating educational production, directed by Kelly Jennings, imparting valuable insights gleaned from numerous interviews conducted with airport employees from around the globe. Executing seamless transitions between characters enhanced and aided by well chosen video clips and lovely original music by Steve Davit, Etienne Pons, and his young children, Asa and Levi, Shapiro has taken his unsung airport employees to new heights – certainly in the eyes of his audiences.

AIRPORT OPENED takes you on an enjoyably elucidating human journey well worth experiencing!

[Brian Shapiro Presents at Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, Mars Drinks Conference Center, 200 S. Broad Street, Suite 700] September 6-21, 2018; fringearts.com/event/airport-opened

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Lisa Panzer

Lisa Panzer has worked for many years in theater not only as an actor, but as a director, dramaturg, technical director, lighting designer, stage crew, and roustabout. A few of her favorite past theatrical roles include: Liz Imbrie in Philadelphia Story, Maria in Lend Me a Tenor, Mrs. Tarpey in Spreading the News, Mollie Ralston in Mousetrap, Trinculo in The Tempest, Bernice Roth in Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and Felicia Dantine in I Hate Hamlet. In addition to theatrical endeavors, Mz. Panzer has also worked as a background performer in television’s Cold Case, Invincible, The Happening, several television commercials, and has played various roles in independent films including Project 21 productions and other commercial acting venues. (See http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3355274/ for additonal information).