Saturday, April 26, 2008

New Review: Our Town (the opera)

This review went up Thursday night at Back Stage.

Here's a tease:

For their three-act opera of Thornton Wilder's immortal Our Town, librettist J.D. McClatchy and composer Ned Rorem have put the original play through a colander, straining out minor characters and leaving Grover's Corners hauntingly underpopulated. The authors clearly know better than to tamper with Wilder's modus operandi -- the omnipotent, saturnine Stage Manager (grim-faced, fine-voiced Alex Mansoori) who guides us through the tale -- but swaths of text and even some overall mood have been sacrificed to slim the piece to size.

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