Thursday, December 24, 2009

SOB's Favorite Shows Of The Noughties: #6 - Our Town

SOB's Favorite Shows Of The Noughties: #6 - Our Town (2009, Barrow Street Theatre, New York City, NY)

Introduction: Hard as it is to comprehend that we're already 119 months into this "new" millennium, we are fast approaching the end of its first decade. While we have yet to agree on what exactly we should call the '00s, I'll take a cue from the fine folks at The Times of London and the BBC and henceforth refer to them at the Noughties.

With that small introduction, I'm pleased to present my list of plays and musicals that wowed me the most during that time. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of shows I've seen over the last ten years, I give you my countdown of my 25 personal favorite shows of the Noughties.

Think you've seen Thornton Wilder’s classic stage drama Our Town enough times to last a lifetime? If so, then it's likely you've never seen this stunning revival. Our Town has never looked better.

Stripped down to its bare essentials by director David Cromer, this exquisite mounting that transferred from Chicago to Off-Broadway moves all about the audience with an unforced urgency. It's hard to imagine live theatre could get anymore intimate than this. Wilder’s heartfelt words never seemed truer or more genuine, which is refreshing considering how Michele Spadaro's deceptively spare stage design gives way to one last breath of real life, which itself ultimately proves a veritable feast for and in all senses.

Making the case against living in the past and savoring every moment of our lives, this mind-blowing production simply can’t be missed. Go see Our Town, especially now that Cromer is back in the show through January 3.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

In keeping with the new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations that unfairly discriminate against bloggers, who are now required by law to disclose when they have received anything of value they might write about, please note that I have received nothing of value in exchange for this post. I paid my own way for this performances.

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