This past Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, some of your fellow students at FHS put together a three-act play titled Our Town, and it was fantastic. The following review is based on observations from Thursday’s performance only.
The play itself takes place in the small town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, from 1901-1913, and focuses on George Gibbs, Emily Webb, and their families. In act I of the play, we are introduced to the town and its inhabitants, as well as the first hints of romance between then-teenage George and Emily. Act II takes place in 1904, on the day of their wedding. Act III takes place nine years later, at Emily’s funeral. Overall, the play could be described as a slice-of-life story of two young lovers that seeks to teach the audience valuable lessons about the preciousness of life.
The acting quality was quite impressive. Every member of the cast memorize their lines perfectly, and displayed very convincing fits of emotion when scenes called for it. They also handled certain awkward actions like washing dishes or dismounting horses that weren’t actually there very maturely, never once breaking character (the play itself does not call for much in the form of props). Some particularly memorable moments that come to mind are the stage manager’s opening soliloquy in act I, George Gibbs receiving marriage advice from Mr. Webb, Mrs. Gibbs’ dreams of Paris, Simon Stimson’s drunken antics, and Bessie.
The members of the cast also had an uncanny dedication to their accents…which were southern. This isn’t a complaint as the acting was great and the accents themselves were done well, but it does beg the question: why are people in New Hampshire speaking with southern accents? The answer: necessity. New England accents – which resemble a combination of Cockney and Australian that not many people have come in contact with – are very difficult to imitate (go ahead and try it if you don’t believe me). So, in order to keep the atmosphere of a region different from our own while staying within the U.S., they settled on southern accents.
Well done, fall play cast and crew. Well done.