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Our Town

a Comedy/Drama
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Thornton Wilder

COMPANY : The New American Shakespeare Tavern [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The New American Shakespeare Tavern [WEBSITE]
ID# 4710

SHOWING : April 10, 2015 - April 26, 2015

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The Tavern stage becomes small town America this spring. Our stage set will be stripped bare to bring the love story of George and Emily to life including all of the characters in their lives ... in our lives ... in our town. Narrated by Artistic Director Jeff Watkins as Wilder’s Stage Manager, The Tavern’s production of this modern classic is sure to warm your heart, to bring you to smile, and to make your eyes glisten.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Andrew Houchins
Doc Gibbs Tony Brown
Emily Webb Rebecca Galen Crawley
Simon Stimson, Ensemble Nicholas Faircloth
Wally Webb, Joe & Si Crowell, Ensemble Elijah Forbes
Mrs. Soames, Ensemble Rachel Frawley
George Gibbs Adam Daniel King
Mrs. Webb Anja Lee
Rebecca Gibbs, Ensemble Amanda Lindsey
Howie Newsome, Ensemble Vinnie Mascola
Wally Webb, Joe & Si Crowell, Ensemble Joseph Masson
Mrs. Gibbs Nancy Riggs
Mr. Carter, Ensemble Chris Schulz
Sam Craig, Ensemble David Sterritt
Stage Manager Jeff Watkins
Professor WIllard, Joe Stoddard, Ensembl Robert Wayne
Constable Warren, Ensemble Clarke Weigle
Mr. Webb Troy Willis
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Square Old Grover’s Corners
by playgoer
Thursday, April 23, 2015
4.5
The Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern’s production of Thornton Wilder’s "Our Town" does the show pretty much as intended, with no scenery and no props (other than umbrellas), just period costumes and a set of chairs. No New Hampshire accents are attempted, however, and the balcony of the tavern stage is used for bedroom scenes rather than a pair of stepladders. Still, the show comes through strong and clear.

While Abby Parker’s costumes, Lorraine Lombardi’s lighting, and Clarke Weigle’s sound design definitely add to the production, it’s the acting and the story that take center stage in such a minimal production. Jeffrey Watkins’ Stage Manager is all one could wish, providing straightforward narration with just a few idiosyncratic line readings. Galen Crawley, as Emily Webb, and Adam King, as George Gibbs, form the heart of the show, and both do wonderful work. Mr. King in particular does a fine job of indicating George’s age in each vignette and getting laughs with just a look or a pause that’s totally in character.

The rest of the large cast does fine work too. Projection isn’t all it should be, though, with Troy Willis as Mr. Webb too often using so low a conversational volume that his voice doesn’t reach all corners of the theatre. The younger cast members seem to project best.

Director Andrew Houchins has blocked the show to provide good sightlines throughout, using entrances through the audience to frequent effect. The miming of actions by cast members is perfectly adequate, but doesn’t approach the precision that could be achieved. Even so, Thornton Wilder’s play is presented in a fully satisfying way, in a very traditional approach.
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