Miles and Ellie
Even better--though this, the best line of the play, went by too quickly to get much of a laugh the night I saw it--Ellie casually says to Miles a few scenes later, "Remember when we had that montage at the fair?" I wanted to give them a standing ovation for that.
The timing of this light and sweet piece is mostly honed to the nanosecond, and who knows why that line didn't quite get its due on that particular night. Miles and Ellie fits the Purple Rose ensemble like it was written for them, especially Michelle Mountain. Mountain has been overworked in daffy, comic roles, but here, in the second act, with wineglass ever in hand and a family history to cover up, that dippy looseness of hers suddenly gains a depth. Now I am in danger of giving away too much. Miles and Ellie is romantic comedy worth turning off the TV for.
[Originally published in August, 2013.]