Written by Cliff McCollum
Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” is one of the facets of American theatre.
Almost every person ever to go through a public school system has either seen the play or had it read to them and analyzed in an English classroom.
It’s so much of a standard that one could worry it has become cliche, the automatic, knee-jerk response to “What play should a high school theatre group perform?”
I dare say Revel Gholston, the theatre society’s enigmatic director, had these and many other concerns with his young actors attempting the play, but he need not have worried: his kids did him, us and even Thornton Wilder proud in their production of the play.
The Opelika Center for the Performing Arts becomes Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, each evening, as senior Peter Strickland’s Stage Manager introduces us to a slice of Americana before the “great War.”