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July 18 WTFestival: Off the Main Road

Left: Aaron Costa Ganis as Gino and Kyra Sedgwick as Faye Garrit in the Williamstown Festival Theatre production of William Inge's "Off the Main Road" (photo: Charles Erickson)

William Inge’s ‘Off the Main Road’ gets staged at last

But the ‘lost’ play, in its world premier performance at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, doesn’t measure up to the playwright’s best works

By Joseph Whelan

Six years ago some previously unproduced plays by William Inge were found in the library of a community college in Inge’s hometown of Independence, Kansas. Among the 25 or so works in various stages of development was the complete full-length play Off the Main Road, recently given its world premiere production at the Williamstown Theatre Festival with a stellar cast that includes Emmy Award-winner Kyra Sedgwick and Estelle Parsons, directed by Evan Cabnet…