By The Nation
Set in 1955, in the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City, Missouri pulls up at a jovial roadside diner, all roads are blocked, and four weary travelles are going to have to stay up until morning. The William Inge play is directed by Michael J Allman.
Cherie, (Prashanti Subramaniam) a nightclub chanteuse, is the passenger with most to worry about. She’s been pursued, made love to and finally kidnapped by a 21-year-old cowboy (Ricardo Hizon) with a ranch of his own and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull. The belligerent cowhand is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana. Even as she’s ducking out from under his clumsy but confident embraces, and screeching at him fiercely to shut up, she pauses to furrow her forehead and say, “Somehow deep inside of me I got a funny feeling I’m gonna end up in Montana”.
As a counterpoint to the main romance, the proprietor of the cafe (Jolene Mathi) and the bus driver (Alvin Salvador) at last find time to develop a friendship of their own. A middle-age scholar (Duane Hauch) comes to terms with himself and a young girl (Liu) who works in the cafe gets her first taste of romance.
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