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Our Town

Olney Theatre Center
2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. Olney

Proclaimed "the greatest American play ever written," Thornton Wilder's Our Town looks at the power of life and death even in the brightest and most unassuming of settings. Winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1938, this hard-hitting drama has been performed on Broadway and beyond. Now, a small cast of just seven characters play what is traditionally a play with over 20 characters. Young lovers George and Emily grapple with lost potential, the sacrifices one makes and the beauty found in life -- if only you take the time to really look at it. Narrated by the nameless Stage Manager (played by Angels in America's Jon Hudson Odom), the actors perform this profound drama with Bunraku-style puppets to represent the rest of the townspeople, often breaking the fourth wall to address the audience directly. Don't miss this quietly heartbreaking show at the Olney Theatre Center.

Thru - Nov 12, 2017

Box Office: 301-924-3400

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  Our Town Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Washington Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...Unfortunately, the bunraku-style puppetry isn’t always as felicitous in Olney Theatre Center’s “Our Town,” directed by Aaron Posner. Unfurling on an intimate scale in the 150-seat Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, the production contains fine moments of gentle comedy and warm human truth, and some core performances are winning. But as designed by Aaron Cromie and — more importantly — voiced and animated by the seven-actor cast, the puppets who depict the tale’s supporting characters often come across as cutesy. Their adorable folk-art look and idiosyncratic voices — lots of lovable-old-coot speaking patterns — ultimately distance us from the simple but profound reality of Grover’s Corners."
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Celia Wren

DC Metro Theater Arts - Recommended

"...In Act I of Our Town, Doc Gibbs helps bring twin babies into the world. In Act II, we watch Emily Webb (a perfect Cindy De La Cruz) and George Gibb (William Vaughan) spar, fall in love, court, and marry. And the third act, “I reckon you can guess what that’s about,” the Stage Manager tells us. Even prepared for the inevitable – plays have last acts, just like human lives do – even knowing how the play ends, even knowing Emily’s closing soliloquy by heart, I still found myself stifling tears and sniffling loudly before enjoying two quick sobs as the lights dimmed and people shuffled up to leave. “They don’t understand, do they?” Emily asks Mrs. Gibbs. “No, dear. They don’t.”"
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Mike Bevel

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...As the play draws to a close, its reflections on life’s fleetingness rise to the surface. All around me tissues were being pulled out of pockets and handbags, and it seemed there were few dry eyes left in the theatre. The Stage Manager and other characters reflect on the idea that, as the saying goes, life is often wasted on the living. Below the scripted lines crept the barely muffled sobs of the little girl in front of me. As the play ends and the last of the actors’ lines sink into silence, the audience is left to ponder their own lives and the time they have with the people they love. The artistry of the Olney Theatre Center cast and production team in combination with the melancholy beauty of Wilder’s play make “Our Town” easily one of the best shows I’ve seen this fall."
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Kaley Beins

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