'Our Town' Gets A Makeover At Insight Theatre Company

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

“Our Town,” the seminal play that brought Thornton Wilder his second Pulitzer Prize, is being staged by theater companies across the country in celebration of its 75th anniversary. It’s already the most produced show in the United States, and it’s performed somewhere in the U.S. or Canada every day, year after year.

"Our Town" at Insight Theatre Company. Photo by John Lamb.

“Our Town” at Insight Theatre Company. Photo by John Lamb.

How refreshing then that the current production at Insight Theatre Company not only presents an absorbing and effective rendering of the classic, but under Tom Martin’s clever and insightful direction, manages to be original, including Martin’s astute use of off-stage sound effects stations, adding the small town noise of slamming screen doors and dad-powered lawnmowers.

"Our Town" at Insight Theatre Company. Photo by John Lamb.

“Our Town” at Insight Theatre Company. Photo by John Lamb.

There are wonderful performances here too. Joneal Joplin is the quintessential stage manager, and Peggy Billo, John Contini, Amy Loui and Alan Knoll are excellent as the Gibbs and Webbs respectively. Jack Dryden and Taylor Pietz impress as the young couple, full of youthful exuberance and always believable. The sizable remainder of the cast is equally up to the task.

“Our Town” continues at the Insight Theatre through September 29. For tickets and information visit the Insight Theatre website, or call (314) 556-1293.

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