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O, Earth

From 9 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Clever, Delightful, Resonant, Great acting

About the show

The Foundry Theatre presents 'O, Earth,' new play inspired by Thornton Wilder's 'Our Town,' which looks at the 'town' created in the space of trans, queer, and gay politics. More…

Portia de Rossi stares into the soft light of her refrigerator and wonders if she'll ever be truly happy; 'Our Town's' Emily and George venture into the unknown; Thornton Wilder digs in search of a time capsule he buried under the stage long ago; Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera are jettisoned from the world of the dead, curious to discover what's happened in the world they left...

'O, Earth' floods the stage with a panorama of characters from gay popular culture, theatre history, and radical New York City, to ask how we live as ourselves and in communion with others. An interrogation of the 'universal,' Casey Llewellyn's epic play imagines the boundless possibilities within everyone, every day.


Member Reviews (9)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Clever, Delightful, Resonant, Great acting
83
Avg Score

75
Entertaining

See it if You seek a postmodern, queer and transgendered Our Town, with great performers, earnest and appealing.

Don't see it if You are immune to the charms of non-heterosexuals demanding a place in theater (imagine!)& are allergic to heartfelt, sappy calls to action.

79
Creative, Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Thought- provoking

See it if A playful-yet-profound look at LGBTQ issues intrigues. Daring mash-up of literary, historical, and real characters mostly works. I smiled.

Don't see it if You're not interested in LGBTQ issues, you dislike literary liberties and mash-ups, and you can't overlook flaws in an entertaining whole.

75
Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Relevant

See it if if you interested in seeing a wildly ambitious and loving adapatation of Wilder's Our Town, wonderfully designed, directed and acted

Don't see it if if you are unable to look over the productions flaws, or if you hold the original text as gospel, this ain't your normal Our Town.

90
Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you want a rich, community-building, queer, and delightful rumination on liberation, ordinary life, radicalism, and utopia

Don't see it if you want a plot driven play about straight people

100
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Smart

See it if you enjoy being surprised

Don't see it if you don't appreciate experiments

80
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want a play on current hot topics and a new take on an old classic

Don't see it if You want a musical or something super funny

85
Intelligent, Original, Relevant, Challenging

See it if the issues in the LGBT community, from marriage equality to trans rights are important to you. & if you have a deep love of American plays

Don't see it if If the splits in the LGBT community are of no interest to you, and if you never liked Our Town, this would not be your show.

91
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You are a member or an advocate for the lgbtq community!

Don't see it if Nothing's comes to mind...

During previews
80
Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Compelling

See it if you want a really thoughtful exploration of issues the queer community is dealing with today.

Don't see it if you need a super plot-driven show.


February 1st, 2016
"A play that demands we notice who still gets left out of our narratives...Ms. Llewellyn and her director, Dustin Wills, have supplied 'O, Earth' with plenty of silliness and surreality, making a sparkling, jagged mishmash of time and place...Poignant and funny, 'O, Earth' can be clumsy, too, tho...
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January 31st, 2016
"An absolute avalanche of lovely things…Confident, lyrical, hilarious, unabashedly literate and unapologetically political. It also holds the Wilder text as gently as a robin's egg…It’s funny enough to make you actually shout and drop your notebook…Thanks to the Foundry's impeccable production, y...
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February 1st, 2016
"The author makes some stinging points, and they would wound more deeply if 'O, Earth' were sharper, funnier, and more focused than the often sloppily written free-for-all...There's plenty of imagination at work, but the laughs are surprisingly few; the author wields a blunt instrument, often sub...
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February 7th, 2016
"'O, Earth' has an agenda that at times verges on agit-prop, but the production is always surprising, always theatrical…Both the satire and humor in the play are scattershot…At times, this point is too baldly stated and seems like preaching. Other times, the author’s sarcasm is stinging."
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