Reviews of "Our Town"

Posted 23 September 2015

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Front: Gina Daniels, Sharonlee McLean and Laura Faye Smith. Back: Sathya Sridharan and Nikki Massoud.

Our Town has critics raving and audiences gasping!

"Intimacy and universality blend to move us deeply in Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Our Town. ... Simply put, the production is a glowing triumph for the company." -The Oregonian

"PCS’s classic opening is surprisingly fresh ... [the production] soars in the caliber of its performance. ... When the curtain rose on Act 3, the audience gasped." -Willamette Week

"There are a handful of works of art I would put on my "must see or hear" list, works that move me to the point of understanding; Beethoven's Symphony No. 9; Jamie Wyeth's The Red House; Franz Kafka's The Penal Colony; the movie Harold and Maude. And now I must add Our Town to this list, specifically the performance by this cast at this theatre under this director. Art can make us understand ourselves better, and at its finest, can make us appreciate life as the brief, precious gift that it is. Our Town is that kind of art, and in this telling, is a gift. Take advantage of the opportunity to see it while you can." -EDGEMedia

"Theaters always have a big choice to make as far as whether to produce a classic exactly as written or to give it some twist to make it their own. The twist Portland Center Stage employs is equal parts subtle and bold and is very effective. ... While the actors give us subtlety and realness, Rose Riordan's staging gives us beautiful theatricality. ... And then there's the moment when the curtain goes up on act three. I'm not going to give it away, but what I saw was stunning. The staging in this final leg of the show is beautifully haunting and worth the price of admission. -Ut Omnia Bene

"There is nothing like a great stage production of Our Town to make a person a believer. Portland Center Stage will make you one with its stunning production of the Pulitzer Prize winner ... So what makes this a great play in 2015? Let’s start with great directing. Rose Riordan nails it. Timing. Humor. The perfect innocence and honesty of the characters. She and the cast not only capture some of life’s sweetest moments, but also make them ours." - Judy Nedry

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