When scanning through the play selection of the library, my finger immediately stopped on Bus Stop, by William Inge. Later, I checked out the book, sat down and did not get back up until 2 hours later when I finished the play. This simple, witty play is about a small town diner just outside of Kansas City which hosts as a late night bus stop for travelers. In the beginning of the first act we are introduced to two waitresses who are worried about the evening travelers due to the vicious snowstorm going on outside. The worry of the waitresses soon diminishes when the bus driver comes through the door followed by two other passengers. Instantly it becomes apparent that these aren’t your average bunch of people passing through. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse, is introduced with her sparkling gown and fur jacket adding a tad of glamour to the rather bland roadside diner. Although Cherie is obviously out of her habitat, her bold personality is shown when she asks help from one of the waitress about the situation in which she finds herself. Cherie claims that she was kidnapped by two cowboys after work the previous night. They are taking her to Montana so that one of the cowboys, Bo, can marry her. This brings tension between the rest of the passengers and the waitresses.
William Inge’s Bus Stop brings chaos, romance, and comedy into a quaint set. The personalities of each character are easily identifiable and simple, but very refreshing with twists of humor he provides throughout the play. Inge takes a highly average situation and infuses it with the problems and experiences of different people bringing a strong sense of reality that lacks in other plays. We see a young girl get a taste of romance, a elderly man who needs to find his way in life, and a blossoming friendship between two people who have known each other for years. Bus Stop is a well crafted play which I highly recommend to anyone who is new to reading genre. The story is simple but has great life learning aspect behind it. It also has a few outcomes you would never expect from the beginning. Overall Bus Stop was an intriguing and mind opening play to read.