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Will Pullen and Marc Kudisch in A.R. Gurney's 'The Wayside Motor Inn' at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

The prolific A.R. Gurney is among the playwrights in residence at the Signature Theatre Company this year. The first of three Gurney plays to be presented is a revival of his 1977 play The Wayside Motor Inn, in which 10 characters dealing with various life crises all check in to the same motel outside Boston. The production is directed by Lila Neugebauer.

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood offers his impressions on this slice-of-life play and on the characters whose paths intersect in it.