Here is what the press has had to say about our production so far…
Thornton Wilder‘s Our Town has been a staple of high schools and community theaters around the world since its premiere over eighty years ago. Audiences have been continually charmed by this deceptively simple look at the fictional New England town of Grover’s Corners at the turn of the twentieth century. Majestic Repertory Theatre will provide audiences with a unique perspective on this American classic, continuing its move toward creative unique immersive experiences,
“We started planning the current season in fall of 2017, right after the October 2nd shooting,” says Artistic Director Troy Heard. “So I wanted to find a play that would put us all in a room together to reaffirm our sense of community. On the surface, Our Town does reflect a community with strong values. However, the genius of the play is it doesn’t stop there. It’s a beautiful metaphor for the moments in life we tend to take for granted until it’s too late.”
In Majestic’s production, Ronn L. Williams brings a warmth and nobility perfectly conducive to this superior cast who update “Grover’s Corners” to being very much Your Town 2019.
This refreshingly brilliant update is that we meet working, loving people in this cast that are every bit representative of total American society. Rather than give away the seamless technical method used to expand beyond the usual casting, suffice to say, you are in for a treat: a welcoming human-garden, rich in variety, each with nuance and depth.
Mrs. Webb, played by Gigi Guizado is played wise and strong.
In a nice comic turn by Gigi Guizado, the pace of Mrs. Webb’s snapping becomes noticeably more frenzied as her adolescent daughter peppers her with questions converging on the facts of life.
Here’s the look of a mother-daughter conversation that every parent of a teen-age daughter will recognize. / Richard Brusky
This Our Town gets high marks for creativity, direction, and a celebration of ethnic diversity in America. Although the play is set in a tiny New Hampshire hamlet at the turn of the twentieth century, and most of the character names scream “white bread,” in this production the Gibbs and Webb families are anything but. At home, the Webbs converse in Spanish (with easy-to-read subtitles for those of us who need them). The script is unchanged, with the resulting subtext that these are today’s typical American families.
The casting also reflects Las Vegas in 2019. Traditionally performed with an all-white cast, Majestic’s Our Town reaffirms its commitment to diversity with a cast comprised primarily of people of color.
There are many creative highlights. In describing the history of the town and its people, the Stage Manager threads his way around the room, drawing our attention to the pictures that decorate the theatre walls, illustrating various scenes from Grover’s Corners. Instead of casting children in the roles of the younger siblings, director Heard uses rag dolls manipulated and voiced by puppeteers.
And. If that’s not enough, prepare to gorge on a plentiful, mouthwatering, “slow cookin’, down-home” buffet-meal, themed to the show, catered by AT YOUR SERVICE CATERING
Performances of Our Town will be April 11 through May 5, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. Majestic Repertory Theatre is located at at 1217 S. Main Street. General admission tickets are $45 and high school students are $35, and are on sale now at www.majesticrepertory.com. Ticket price includes three course meal and non-alcoholic beverage. Call 702-423-6366 for details.