Our Town: BA’s Fall Performance

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Our Town: BA’s Fall Performance

Charlotte Aexel, Reporter

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This year’s fall play, Our Town, written by Thornton Wilder and directed by Mr. Schultz was, truly one of the best performances, in my opinion that Brookfield Academy has ever done. Now I know that the previous statement probably sounds very dramatic, and by no means am I negatively criticizing any other performances. Personally, I found 451 and Guys and Dolls to both be excellent and well made.

However, one thing made the difference. There is a point at which actors and actresses gain the ability to fully grasp their characters. As a writer, I undergo a similar struggle. Creating a believable person, whether from scratch, or simply bringing the person to live on stage is no small feat. And our Academy actors accomplished it over the weekend.

At previous shows, the acting has been excellent, but I was aware they were actors. Here, sitting in the dim light of the all purpose room, or outside under the stars, I’d completely forgotten where I was. The decision for the third act to take place outside was a controversial, if you will, decision. When I first heard about it, I found it ridiculous to be so close to packing snow pants for a theatre performance. However, in the context of the play, even as one who had never read it or seen it, the setting of the cemetery and the tone of the third act were perfectly complemented by such a clear yet crisp October night.

As I’ve said, the acting was superb. I saw a few of the actors crying with me towards the end. Each one gave a convincing performance, regardless of the size of the part. The play felt involved, and somewhat haunting, due to the smallness of the town, and the meaning of the characters.

If you haven’t yet congratulated the actors on their performance, then you must do so immediately, for Our Town was a masterpiece.

 

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