14 March 2014 | enojones
inspiration for "our town"?
It's stunning but the elements of this play are instantly recognizable to anyone who has seen an "Our Town" performance, and liked it. A minimalist set, soliloquies and dialogs from and to the dead echo across the decades. It is astounding that this play existed and ran during a period of Victorian morality and codes of conduct which in later decades would intensely condemn and attempt to stifle creative writing exposing raw sexuality and conflict.
Being a high-brow play, this deserves a second and third consumption to catch the nuisances and to focus on a character during the run.
In this modernized version, extra "skin" is sprinkled in for sensation and often distracts from the spoken word. The high points of the play/film are the quiet exchanges between conflicted characters and those in emotional distress--on the edge.