Ambition and love fly with “100 Planes”

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100 Planesis an original work from the talented playwright Lila Rose Kaplan. It is an exposition of what it takes for a woman to balance ambition and love, especially in something as glaringly male dominated as the military.

The play focuses mainly on a very ambitious young female fighter pilot by the name of Kay played masterfully by Alani Rose Chock. She has become aware of a hot new airplane that has fully captured her heart, mind and soul. This aircraft has totally engulfed her ambition, but there are conflicts and distractions.

First there is Kay”s boyfriend David Greene brilliantly presented  by Brennan Patrick. David is a nice man and Kay has strong, positive feelings for David but at this moment in time Kay has much more energy for flying the new aircraft. Sure Kay loves David but at the same time he has become a distraction.

And then there is Major Anne Clarkson, beautifully delivered by Karen Harrison. It is Major Clarkson who will check out Kay on the new aircraft, but Major Clarkson is not fully convinced that Kay should be qualified to fly the new jet. So she makes the checkout process extremely difficult, far beyond what is necessary to fly the new jet. But Kay is passionately committed and so she still manages to nail it.

Finally there is Monique. And somewhat surprisingly we discover that Monique is the secret love of the Colonel, yet another female officer

What this play does is walk the audience through this river of conflict, passion, evolving relationships, defeat and victory — and even love over a period of about one hour and twenty minutes. It does this in such a way as we see before us that it’s always the journey and not so much the destination.

This is the world premiere in Los Angeles, brought to Hollywood by the Filigree Theatre Company of Austin, Texas. The show is directed by Elizabeth V. Newman and Produced by Stephanie Moore.

It is unique and entertaining, but in Los Angeles it’s a short run; now through August 4,2019 at The Broadwater Black Box Theatre, 6322 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038.

Showtimes are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday Matinees at 5:00 p.m. Make  reservations and get tickets now right here.

Photos provided by Filigree Theatre Company