Our Town the play

We opened the show on Friday. I was a might nervous because We had only gone stright through the play ONCE. I'm playing Rebecca Gibbs, little sister of the main character. It's a very small part, but it's fun. I'm suppose to be the understudy for Emily, but I was never rehearsed. If something happens to her, they are SOL. hahha.

I read Our Town in high school. I thought it was dull and pointless. Then I saw a production a few years ago and wept like a baby. I think the show is lost on the young.

The review came out today:

By Elizabeth Maupin
Sentinel Theater Critic

When Our Town meets Winter Garden, it may be hard to tell whatís real and whatís theater.

Playwright Thornton Wilderís description of Groverís Corners, N.H., sounds an awful lot like Winter Garden, Fla., from the railroad station to the churches to the post office and the row of stores. When somebody speaks of looking up at the stars, you can look up and see the little lights twinkling in the Garden Theatreís ceiling. And when you hear the sound of the rain on the theater roof, you find yourself wondering: Is it really raining? Or is that just another lifelike theatrical touch?

All of which adds to the feeling of well-being you get from this staging of Our Town, produced by Beth Marshall and directed by David Lee. Performed on the Gardenís high stage, this version is less intimate than others Iíve seen, and every once in a while the acting leans toward the histrionic. Yet the relaxed, genial presence of Christopher Lee Gibson as the Stage Manager sets the tone for an Our Town that reaches out and draws you in.

Nearly everybody of a certain age has seen Our Town, or had to read it in school, and thinks of it as a stale relic of niceness from another time. Thatís far from fair to Wilderís Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, which broke the theaterís metaphorical fourth wall in startling ways and still has more serious things on its mind than sand-lot baseball and strawberry sodas. Despite the color-blind casting, which works perfectly well, Leeís production doesnít try to force you to look at Our Town anew. Itís just Our Town, in all its lovely simplicity.

Such simplicity extends to the playís famous lack of a set, which reads here as a ghost light and a dozen or more mismatched wooden chairs on an empty stage. Recognizable sound effects (by John Valines) alert you to the presence of a horse or a ballgame, and only a malfunctioning center light at one performance last weekend kept you from seeing the play in its elegant plainness.

Thatís too bad because the cast is replete with fine actors who couldnít entirely be seen, and the best of them ó Joe Swanberg as Dr. Gibbs, Jamie Middleton as Mrs. Gibbs, Jesse Lenoir as George and Trenell Mooring as Rebecca ó find ways to make their characters seem authentic by paring them back.
Jennifer Bonner comes across as a little over-dramatic as Emily (who is, granted, pretty over-dramatic), and Lee allows Lenoir a theatrical touch at playís end that runs counter to the behavior of a stoic New Englander.

But itís a pleasure to see George and Emily call to each other from the Gardenís Romeo-and-Juliet balconies, and itís a pleasure to make this journey with the charismatic Gibson, who brings both authority and a kind of low-key wisdom to his role. Thereís little New Hampshire shtick here, and no old-timey sweetness. With Our Town, itís enough that itís Our Town. Doing it in Winter Garden is just the cherry on the sundae.

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Most awesome, chick! Thought about going back to Disney?? (was it Disney??)
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I do miss the steady paycheck, but no. I like working as a sub. They havent called me in a while, but that's kinda alright with me. haha


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I read Our Town in high school. I thought it was dull and pointless. Then I saw a production a few years ago and wept like a baby. I think the show is lost on the young.
Originally Posted by Trenell
i agree. i read it again when i was older and loved it!!!

i'm so glad you're going to be in it!!!!!!
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Soooo, you all were saying your lines in the dark? I guess you have to be prepared for anything .

Congrats on your great review!
Soooo, you all were saying your lines in the dark? I guess you have to be prepared for anything .

Congrats on your great review!
Originally Posted by CurlyCurlies
nah. There are several lights. But one of them in the middle was wonky


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I might be heading over to Winter Garden to check this out
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