By Andrew Andrews

Renee (Rhonda Ayers) and Chuck(Jim Thalman) convince Lucy (Marlowe Holden) to sign a severance contract in Escape by Deya Danielle Drake. Original photo by Sarah Escarraz.

If you’ve suffered a flight on a domestic airline over the past few years, you’ve no doubt noticed that passengers are being treated less like customers and more like livestock, crammed tighter and tighter into smaller and smaller spaces. Then, of course, there are the famous cases of passengers being outright abused by airline employees and “public safety” officials, proving that the “friendly skies” are anything but friendly to those that the airlines exist to serve.

But when is it justifiable for airline employees to use force against a passenger?

And just what constitutes justifiable force?

In Escape, a flight attendant named Lucy (Marlowe Holden) took down a passenger she claims was about to breach the emergency exit door while in flight, saving the lives of the customers and crew.

Her coworker and BFF Dina (Deya Danielle Drake) says she saw it all go down, and wants to make a hero out of Lucy on social media.

Immediately after the incident, Renee (Rhonda Ayers), the C.E.O. of Global Airlines, finds herself under pressure from the Board of Directors to dismiss Lucy, when it’s discovered that the unruly passenger—a veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—dropped into a coma due to asphyxiation from Lucy wrapping a seat belt around his neck and strangling him out of consciousness.

But Escape is more than a commentary about airlines’ mistreatment of the flying public. What makes this a compelling story is its study of the dynamics between men and women in the workplace and society at large, and its study of powerful people and their sycophants.

With Jim Thalman as Chuck, the womanizing, wine-slurping bootlicker to the board—envious of Renee’s success and eager to put a woman in her place—and Chris Wight as Jack, the airline’s wishy-washy legal counsel, Drake’s story pits man against woman against woman against man against man, and director Lynnsey Ooten sees to it that there’s never a moment when you can’t wait to find out what happens next.

So head down to FringeHUB and Escape on the next flight, departing from the dark blue flag at four conveniently-scheduled times this week.

Then come back here and let us know how badly Global Airlines treated you.

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Andrew Andrews attended Escape at FringeHUB in Manhattan on Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 9:30pm to write this review.