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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.