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Volume 68, Issue 60, Monday, November 18, 2002

Arts & Entertainment

UH's 'Our Town' illustrates essence of community life

Curtain Call

Charity Halphen

A slice of Americana, Thorton Wilderis Our Town cordially welcomes audiences into the modest early 1900s community of Groveris Corners, New Hampshire for a taste of the simple life, ultimately reminding us to love life for what it is.

The UH School of Theatre presents this classic piece with deceiving harmony as the play chronicles the smallest details of American life for those in Groveris Corners. Everything in their daily routines waking up in the morning, having breakfast with the family, going off to school and work is examined. 

Beneath that, the play questions the plain moments in life and expresses a spiritual aspect of what lies behind common occurrences.

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In Thornton Wilderis Our Town, Carolyn Houston-Boone gets fine acting efforts from senior theater students Ivy Castle (left) and Brandon Hearnsberger and junior theater student Jennifer Davis.

Directed by Carolyn Houston-Boone, Our Town opened Friday at the Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre. 

With few props and a meager set, the piece is brought to life by the skilled acting under the direction of Houston-Boone. 

The simplistic surroundings bring attention to the amusing monologues and in-depth interplay between characters that hook the audienceis interest.

Starting off slow in the first act, "Daily Life," the play picks up in the second and third acts as love, marriage and death are explored.

The second act "Love and Marriage," placed a few years after the events of the first, focuses on the developing relationship of Emily, played by senior theatre major Ivy Castle, and George, junior theatre student Brandon Hearnsberger.

Perhaps the best scene in the act is Emily and Georgeis first date, where they comically pronounce their love for one another in classic adolescent awkwardness. 

Their quaint courtship is a breath of fresh air.

The playis high and most intriguing point comes in the third act when Emily pines to return to her old life, realizing what she left behind and what she once so easily took for granted.

With a simple story and slow start, Our Town is able to make a significant point. 

As we go through life, we sometimes fail to value things around us.

The importance of small things taking place may be missed by mistaking our precious moments for being drab and apparently uneventful, when theyire not.

Our Town will continue its run this weekend with shows Nov. 22-24. 

For tickets, visit or call the theateris box office at 713-743-2929.

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