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Saints and Poets: A Review of "Our Town" at Redtwist Theatre | Newcity Stage
Jacqueline Grandt and Nicole Michelle Haskins/Photo: Jan Ellen Graves RECOMMENDED In his director's note, James Fleming writes that "Our Town" playwright Thornton Wilder "was wrestling with many of the same issues in this country that we are today… invites us to remember… remembering how far we've come as a society and how far we've still to go in addressing these inequities in our communities." In a play that is traditionally set in a small, fictional town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, between 1901 and 1913, Redtwist diversifies the cast and yet makes no change in the script. It is a keen and interesting perspective on what life might look like if diverse communities were the norm. In Redtwist's intimate space, the audience feels at once included and witness to all that was happening in Grover's Corners. And yet, the intimacy was perhaps too strong when it came to set itself. Wilder once said that "our claim, our hope, our despair are in the mind—not in things, not in 'scenery