Cass (Elizabeth Bond) has a problem. She's just discovered a dirty little secret in her husband's sweater drawer. Very dirty. To give the details away would spoil half the fun of "Wonder of the World," David Lindsay-Abaire's bright comedy of disappointment, now receiving a thoroughly entertaining staging by SeaGlass Theatre in Burbank.
Cass flees her apologetic spouse, Kip (Ian Vogt), and makes for Niagara Falls, N.Y., the place her parents were heading when they crashed to avoid a beaver. The pilgrimage is just one of the things on her new to-do list for life, which includes sky diving and witnessing a lethal injection. The latter is "more of a long-term goal," she explains to Lois (Kimberly Van Luin), an alcoholic planning to kill herself at the falls. Well, everyone needs a project.
Lindsay-Abaire, who won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for the more somber "Rabbit Hole," has a keen sense for the bad choices people make for good reasons. If "Wonder's" connect-the-dots Freudianism can feel overly on the nose, the playwright's rapid-fire exchanges keep you all ears for the next joke or swift removal of an emotional Band-Aid. "I love Cass," Kip explains to Lois, "It's like . . . she doesn't know that anymore." Lois: "No, she knows. She just doesn't care."