Local Theater Profile: B Street Theatre presents Mud Blue Sky
By Kellie Edson
I’m all about theater. I have season tickets to Broadway Sacramento and see several of the Music Circus shows every summer. I’m the one who has 40+ playbills saved in a Broadway playbill binder, whose Instagram is littered with playbill selfies, and the one who’s already plotting how to get tickets for Hamilton in San Francisco next spring.
So when the editors wanted to start a Theater and Arts column for Girls on the Grid, I was totally stoked! Serendipitously, right after we chatted about it B Street Theatre contacted us to see if we wanted to review their latest production, Mud Blue Sky. I jumped at the chance, because it’d been ages since I’d seen something at B Street, and I’d been wanting to see more local shows. Last Sunday afternoon myself and a yogi friend went to go check it out.
About the Show:
Mud Blue Sky takes place in a grungy motel room near O’Hare Airport where three flight attendants are reunited and joined by a teenage boy on his prom night. The ensuing story offers both a hilarious and poignant look at what it’s really like to be a flight attendant, mother, woman and just plain human unsure of your path. It’s one of those plays that at one moment has you laughing through the sharp and witty banter and the next tearing up grappling with bigger questions of belonging and love. It’s a great show that will particularly resonate with women and mothers (Take your mom for mother’s day!) but the universal themes of transition and belonging will resonate with just about anyone. It’s a fun play and full of heart and hope.
More about B Street Theatre:
After the show I got to chat with director Lyndsay Burch, who is in her third year directing at B street, to learn more about the theater and this particular show.
Why did B Street decide to produce this particular show?
Part of the B Street’s mission is to produce high quality playwrighting, with contemporary works and really diversify the season. Meaning we want to have shows that vary in their genre, cast size, style, etc, and we felt this was a great follow up to our last show that was more comedy focused with a male cast. This show is more female-centric and tackles some deeper themes.
What do you think makes B Street Theatre different from other theaters in town?
I think one big thing is the diversity of our shows. We produce 21 productions per year so we really have something for everyone. We want theater to be relatable and accessible to a wider audience and we’re able to do that by offering more programming. Another difference is that some of our company members have worked together for 20 years. You can’t direct that kind of acting chemistry and it’s something really special.
Can you explain the difference between the B3 shows and the Mainstage shows?
We also have the family series, we’re doing Alice in Wonderland right now, but the main difference is that the B3 series usually is more experimental. It has the newer plays, more dramas, and often Pulitzer Prize winning shows and world premieres. It also is slightly smaller, 100 seats versus 180 seats for Mainstage. Mud Blue Sky is a perfect example of what our patrons can expect to see on Mainstage, a show that is sweet, sharp and has a lot of heart. Our Mainstage feels more like escapism. It’s a good ‘gateway drug’ before you get hooked into our other programming.
Is there anything else you want our audience to know about B Street?
Yes, actually one really cool thing we offer is our “$9 at 9” performance. We only do it once per show run and have a 9pm show that is only $9. The one for Mud Blue Sky has already passed, but it’s worth mentioning for future shows. We really try to make an event out of it. We have $3 beer and wine, a photo booth, it’s really a fun night and a hit with the under 40 crowd. ‘Try something different than a Netflix binge and check out some live theater.’ That kind of thing. Sometimes it even lands on Second Saturday and can be a great end to your art walk night.
Mud Blue Sky is playing at B Street Theatre through June 5th. Shows times are Tuesdays at 6:30pm, Wednesdays at 2 & 6:30pm, Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 5pm & 9pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets run $23-35.