Variety might be the spice of life, but the typical day of most human beings is defined by routine. While such predictability might be relatively bland, people tend to accept the tradeoff for some measure of security. That is, until the stasis becomes just too stifling. Cass Harris, the protagonist of playwright David Lindsay-Abaire's off-kilter comedy Wonder of the World, reaches her breaking point with the discovery of her husband's secret (and wryly disconcerting) sexual fetish. Shocked out of her numbing repetition, Cass abandons home for the inspirational heights of Niagara Falls. En route she meets a variety of fellow eccentrics, builds an equally irregular bucket list, and ponders the very purpose of her existence. Those who recognize Lindsay-Abaire as the author of 2007's Pulitzer Prize-winning rumination on grief, Rabbit Hole, will likely be surprised by the absurdist wit of this earlier work. Under the direction of Crystal G. Schneider, the ensemble cast can be expected to go broad to match the spirit of the material, embellishing every zany situation with snappy dialogue and idiosyncratic behavior. The entire enterprise could be considered cartoonish were it not for the material's palpable connection to everyday lives. Wonder of the World might depict existence toppling over the edge with heedless abandon, but for many such a journey represents nothing short of wish fulfillment.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Mondays, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Nov. 1. Continues through Nov. 17, 2013