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WEEKENDER / Entertainment

April 12, 2013

Emotionally moving ‘Our Town’ works on all levels




Also giving great performances are Dennis Dixon as the town’s doctor, Dr. Gibbs, and Martha Sorohan as his wife, Mrs. Gibbs. Endearing performances are given by Derek Lebzelter as the town newspaper’s editor and publisher, Mr. Webb, and by Lisa Lowery as his wife, Mrs. Webb. The story focuses mostly on the lives of these two families and their children, George Gibbs and Emily Webb, who are portrayed with passionate conviction by Tim Kolman and Emily Baker.

Although these two young thespians are still in high school, they have plenty of stage experience. Dixon, Sorohan, Lebzelter and Lowery are all experienced actors and actresses, and it definitely shows. Nick Cusano does a great job of playing the town drunk, Simon Stimson. In fact all of the cast, from lead characters to supporting characters like other family members, the milkman, the constable, the professor and others are flawlessly portrayed. The play’s director, Stephen Rhodes, has every right to be proud of the cast he has brought together. Their chemistry works incredibly well, and everyone hits their marks. The production is played professionally and with feeling.

“Our Town” is a three-act play with two ten-minute intermissions. These three acts are referred to as ‘Daily Life,’ ‘Love and Marriage’ and ‘Death and Eternity.’ Because of the care given to presenting the play faithfully, the actors must rearrange their personae to accommodate each change in life. With a less experienced cast there could have been some glitches with delivering lines in the right context, but the G.B. Community Theatre’s cast handles it all with no problem.

“Our Town” has no real sets and very few props. But there is still plenty to do for the real stage manager Brianna Wiley, who literally brings the production to life with sound and light. Roz Molder provided period costumes. They work perfectly in helping set the atmosphere.

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