Danger: Deer crossing
A rain-drenched, hitchhiking woman (Dana Brooke) with baggage—and boy, does she have baggage—hops into a car stalled in a traffic jam and proceeds to hijack the well-planned trip to northern Michigan of a man named QD (Kurt Johnson). High jinks ensue, including run-ins with a number of eccentric characters (all played by the wonderful Mitch Agruss) and run-ins with deer, but comedy isn’t the entire point. Instead, as we join the two on a journey from one crisis to another (all with great laughter), we discover that there’s always more to the story than meets the eye. Northport Cottage, an original holiday play by B Street Theatre’s producing artistic director, Buck Busfield, is sweet without being saccharine, witty without being cruel, uplifting without slipping into sentimentality. And it will make you cautious about driving through the Michigan woods.