The hero of our story is Nina (Julia Valen), through whom we enter the world of air guitar. She's a real guitar player, and when her real boyfriend breaks up with her, which breaks up their real band, she wants real revenge. Since he's the reigning air guitar champion, known as "D Vicious" (Eric "Pogi" Sumangil), she decides to join the competition and take that title away from. But she has a lot to learn about air guitar, which she does through a friendship with some regular competitors - good guy "Shreddy Eddy" (Neal Skoy), eccentric "Golden Thunder" (Michael Terrell Brown), hippie "Facebender" (Daniel Petzold), and rare female competitor "Cannibal Queen" (Shae Palic). We follow this group across the country as they compete in regional qualifiers, and happily all of our characters make it to the finals. There's lots of personal drama and self-discovery along the way, and what started out as simple revenge for Nina becomes an honest and heart-felt quest for something more.
|the cast of Airness hanging out at a bar
(photo by Dan Norman)
|searching for airness (photo by Dan Norman)
You can see the fun, funny, heart-warming, rockin' Airness through June 5 at Park Square Theatre in downtown St. Paul. They'll close out this brief season with their usual summer mystery - a Sherlock Holmes play by prolific and hilarious local playwright Jeffrey Hatcher. Looking ahead to the fall, their recently announced first full season post-covid looks fabulous, including the regional premiere of the 2016 Tony-winning best play The Humans, a play by America's current favorite playwright Lauren Gunderson, a Pulitzer Prize-winner, and more. Park Square has gone through some changes in leadership over the last few years, and is now being led by a group of Artistic Associates. I'm excited for this new chapter, and Airness is a great way to begin it.