Inside the black box

The cast of <i>Charlie Victor Romeo</i>, eager proponents of ground transportation.

The cast of Charlie Victor Romeo, eager proponents of ground transportation.

Charlie Victor Romeo opened in a small theater on New York’s Lower East Side in the fall of 1999 and has been sold out ever since. The play, named after the initials for cockpit voice recorder, is a series of scenes depicting cockpits during airplane crashes. This already chilling premise is made downright morbid by the fact that all the dialogue is taken directly from black box transcripts recovered at accident sites between 1985-1996. Unsettling as the subject may be, people cannot turn away. In fact, the play has since been filmed for use in training at West Point, in the Air Force and for physicians studying human psychology in emergency situations. If you just have to look, Charlie Victor Romeo will be here for two shows, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $27 adults, $13.50 children. Main Theatre, UC Davis. Call (530) 752-1915 for more information.