This One Night
However, by the play’s end, you might wish there was just a little more of it. The script needs fleshing out. The story hinges on a character transformation, but a few more clues are needed to bring the audience along. The ending might leave you feeling uncertain about how you got there.
It’s possible that something was cut. The play runs barely an hour. Pierini is credited as playing “Others” in the program, but he appears only as one character. Jan Ahders, a powerful actress, simply deals cards in the background.
As with previous Busfield holiday plays, This One Night doubtless is a work in progress. Scenes may be added, and lines revised, throughout the run. With a little strengthening, This One Night likely will stack up as the best of Busfield’s holiday scripts.