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Onstage: Our Town

By Rick Pender · November 13th, 2012 · CityBeat Recommends
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You probably think you know all about Thornton Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize winner. Maybe you read it in high school. Or you remember that folksy stage manager describing scenes of daily life (and death) in Grover’s Corners, N.H. But I predict if you go to see Footlighters’ production of the show at Newport’s Stained Glass Theatre, you’ll be surprised.

It’s no longer the early 20th century; it’s here and now. Without changing the text, it’s being done in everyday clothing without New England references, so it feels like a contemporary piece about people and their lives. The story feels more immediate — a lot less moralistic, syrupy and sentimental. Another twist: Actress Tara Williams, definitely not an old guy, plays the matter-of-fact stage manager. A few changes can really freshen a familiar work — sort of like Our Town 2.0. It’s onstage through Sunday, Nov. 18. $20. Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St., Newport, Ky. 859-652-3849, footlighters.org.



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