Onstage, A New Reality

One scene ends with the chilling cry, "We're going in! We're going in!" In another, the scariest lines come from an automated voice that suddenly interrupts the human crew in the cockpit: "Too low--terrain! Too low--terrain!" In the tense final sequence, two pilots aided by an off-duty colleague from the passenger section desperately try to land a DC-10 after an explosion robs the plane of its ability to make anything but right turns. Charlie Victor Romeo, a harrowing off-Broadway play in which actors recreate voice-recorder conversations from actual airliners that crashed, is every flyer's worst nightmare times six. And it's a...

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