‘OUR TOWN’ IS A STORY OF LIFE AND DEATH IN A SMALL TOWN

by on January 5, 2015

OUT OF TOWN - PUFFING A PIPE. Courtesy Photo Shotgun

WALK’N BROADWAY 

AN ENGAGING FASCINATING EVENING

OUR FAME IS OUR TOWN’ S THREE-ACT PLAY BY PLAYWRIGHT – THORNTON WILDER

As you know – Wilder used metatheatrical devices on the stage – and it will continue forever. A main character is the stage manager of the theater who directly addresses the audiences. He and her plays many roles.  The young and old bring out the marvelous cast. They field the questions from the audience and bring in guests, lecturers and questions from the audience as they fill in playing of the roles.

The Stage Manager – is the narrator and commentator. In the action in the play very different characters pop-up. They join the action of the play periodically, as a reverend is at a wedding, and a shop owner is having fun with a local townsmen that speaks directly to Emily after her death. 

Among the characters on the stage are Doc Gibbs, Howie Newsome (delivers the Milk), and the Webb and Gibbs households happily send off their children off to school. But soon – there is ‘Death and Dying.’ Eternity brings to us seem to be what everyone wants. But, Emily just got married. However – Emily will only return to Earth to re-live for just one more day. George kneels weeping at her graveside. And we all cry. 

“Our Town” is a fantastic theatrical piece that celebrates theater. Sure we love movies – but being alive on the stage is truly magical. It’s an incredible feat for both Stage and Screen. 

There have been many, many revivals of “Our Town”. It has resonated for many, many years for this universal message to all of us. 

“I don’t expect a man what a man should be …I expect a Man to be perfect”. Then there is the Minister’s wedding – pushing and contriving – plus as they say…”no curtain, no scenery.” And that is certainly perfect. There’s completely little on the stage to see. Yes, they move around – but they don’t even use dishes and forks and knifes. Quaint – but a little strange. 

Of course we valued every moment on the stage and the actors. There is some gorgeous singing along with the actors. With it – all the actors and audience tell us the world removes all barriers. 


HERE IS THE MASTERFUL CAST & CREW

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El Beh (Emily Webb) – Madeline H.D. Brown* (Stage Manager – Sam Jackson (Mrs. Soames, Ensemble) – Tin Kniffin* (Dr. Gibbs) – Christine Macomber (Professor Willard, Ensemble) – 

Wiley Maman Strasser (Howie Newsome, Ensemble) = Molly Noble* (Mrs. Gibbs) – Karen Offereins (Rebecca Gibbs, Ensemble) – Valerie Fachman (Constable Warren, Ensemble) – 

Josh Schell (George Gibbs) – Michelle Talgarow (Mrs Myrtle)-

Christopher W. White (Simon Stimson, Ensemble) – Eli Wirtschafter (Joe/Si Crowell, Sam Craig) – Don Wood (Mr. Webb)  


AS WE KNOW “OUR TOWN” IS REFRESHING CHEERS! 

(The play deals with big questions in life in a powerful way that has gained a well deserved Pulitzer Prize) 


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SIX STARS****** PLUS SIX GLASSES

 

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Buzzin’ Lee Hartgrave is a longtime theater critic in the San Francisco Bay Area. His reviews appear each Friday in Beyond Chron.

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