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"Our Town

Stand and Deliver

George Heymont | Posted 05.19.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

It starts with the writing. Once a playwright has an idea, there are lots of details to be worked out. Backstories for characters, plot points, import...

Victory Hall Players Opens Inaugural Weekend with Thornton Wilder's "Our Town"

Stuart Gunter | Posted 04.28.2016 | Entertainment
Stuart Gunter

Kristin Freshwater is the director of Victory Hall Players in Scottsville, Virginia. She runs Baine's Books and Coffee and sits on the board of direct...

First Nighter: Lucy Prebble's "The Effect" Smartly Questions Scientific Experimentation

David Finkle | Posted 03.22.2017 | Arts
David Finkle

Lucy Prebble, who fiercely took on big business in the rousing Enron, is now grappling with science and scientific experimentation. She targets it in The Effect, an impressive, if not entirely convincing, production, directed fiercely by David Cromer.

First Nighter: Llewellyn Casey's Misguided "O, Earth," Nandita Shenoy's Misled "Washer/Dryer"

David Finkle | Posted 02.03.2017 | Arts
David Finkle

Although you need to know that Casey Llewellyn's O, Earth, directed by Dustin Wills at HERE in a Foundry Theatre production, is as thickheaded a comedy(?) as you'd ever want to avoid, you might still be interested to continue reading the following.

First Nighter: Two Superlative Thornton Wilder One-Acts in "A Wilder Christmas," "Real Men: The Musical" Teases the Fellas Entertainingly, Jerry Mayer's "2 Across" Has Andrea McArdle, Kip Gilman Meeting Cute

David Finkle | Posted 12.10.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Perhaps Thornton Wilder's chief glory is his belief in and conviction about the celestial mundane.

Hip Hop Homage to 'Our Town' Transports Audience to the '80s

Daryl Rowland | Posted 01.03.2015 | Arts
Daryl Rowland

How do you get a theater largely full of older white people to engage with the struggles and dreams of aspiring hip-hop artists?

Music in the Southwest Part 2: The Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Daniel Asia | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Something amazing happened in Tucson over the last weekend, when the Tucson Symphony Orchestra played an all-American program of music by Bernstein, Gershwin, and Copland to open its new season.

The Absurdist Soap Opera Inspired By 'Our Town'

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.19.2014 | Arts

"Yes, I desire that pink sphere" a young woman says, in French, pointing to a pink globe amongst shelves stacked with oranges and orange soda. A man i...

Happy Easter and Happy Birthday, Thornton Wilder!

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 06.18.2014 | Home
Robert David Jaffee

Thornton Wilder would tell us to get off those electronic devices of ours and take a little time to recognize the beauty of all the little moments of our lives on this planet.

Can Operatic Zombies Cause You to Question Your Life Choices?

Jennifer Rivera | Posted 09.08.2013 | Arts
Jennifer Rivera

Lately, there have been a lot of people posting things about how opera singers are hot now, so shut up about them only being fat and boring, but that's all been said and done.

Address: Sing Sing Prison, Grover's Corners NY, The Mind of God

Howard Sherman | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

"Is there no one in town aware of social injustice?" Part of the compact we make when we go to the theatre is to shut out the outside world and compl...

Movie Review: The English Teacher

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.17.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I often note how difficult it is to create a comedy that's not only smart and funny but also charming and surprising. But first-time director Craig Zisk, a TV veteran, has done that with The English Teacher.

The Ecology of Innovation

John M. Eger | Posted 10.15.2012 | Arts
John M. Eger

Today, it is a fact that America must innovate to compete in the new economy and society. But we cannot have innovation without creativity. And we cannot have an innovation region by just wishing it were so.

Theater Review: Our Town in Santa Monica

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.21.2012 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

Thorton Wilder's play is arguably the greatest work in American dramatic literature. It combines elements of the mundane and universal, the quotidian and the divine, the parochial and the eternal.

Astoria Characters: The Dedicated Doctor

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Dr. Tom Moulton arrives cradling an orchid in one hand and a loaf of home-made soda bread in the other. My white phalaenopsis is wilting, so he rushed right over.

You've Got to Be Carefully Taught

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

As citizens of the nation continue through the summer, distracting themselves by howling at the moon and one another, I spent this past weekend in Manhattan seeing revivals of two classic period pieces of American theater.

Theater Review: "Our Town" With Helen Hunt Still Shines

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Unlike most productions of Our Town, this one comes much closer to the heart of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece.

Michael Shannon Channels Kim Fowley in Runaways

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Los Angeles punk music scene is at the center of The Runaways, which opened in limited release on March 19 and goes wider in a couple of weeks.

Willem Dafoe: The Village Idiot and Our Town

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

There's been talk that the much lauded production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town will move to Broadway. While the producers deliberate this move, let me say, you can really smell the bacon in this play.

Forget the Facebook Quizzes: This'll Tell You Who You Are

Suzanne Morrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Suzanne Morrison

Shut down your Facebook page. Do it now, and give this a try.