|Jane Kaczmarek as the Stage Manager and|
Alexandra Wailes as
Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town by DWT/Pasadena Playhouse.
All photos by Jenny Graham.
The current production of “Our Town”, now on stage at the Pasadena Playhouse, is performed by Deaf/West Theatre (DWT), one of America’s finest production companies that present theatre for the hearing impaired.
|Russell Harvard, Alexandria Wailes|
and Troy Kotsur in Our Town
“Our Town” tells the story of one American small town between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its residents. To help the audience become engaged, Wilder uses the character of the Stage Manager, played by Jane Kaczmarek, as our guide, as a way of introducing the other characters and how they interact with the rest of the outstanding eighteen member cast. Kaczmarek talks to the audience and the actors during the play, intentionally breaking the fourth wall.
|Deric Augustine and Sandra|
Mae Frank in Our Town
Mrs. Gibbs is lovingly played by Alexandria Wailes, and Doc Gibbs, the weary town physician, is nicely played by Jud Williford. While all of the actors either perform their roles using ASL or their own voices, the roles of Emily, Editor Webb, Mrs. Gibbs, and Howie Newsome are brilliantly voiced by Sharon Pierre-Louis, Leonard Kelly-Young, Marie-France Arcilla, and David Gautreaux respectively. Troy Kotsur, Annika Marks, Russell Harvard, Harold Foxx, Amanda McDonough, On Shiu, Natasha Ofili, Dot-Marie-Jones, and Marco Gutierrez also offer solid support.
|Sandra Mae Frank, Annika Marks|
and Deric Augustine in Our Town
There is a lot of magic taking place on the stage throughout, but for me, Act III is one act that tears your heart out. If it doesn’t, then you need to visit your cardiologist right away. There is so much wisdom being spoken in the cemetery scene and still we haven’t learned our lessons about life, and alas, it’s 2017. Puck and the Bard were correct: “What fools these mortals be...”
|The Cemetary scene of Act Three of Our Town|
This inspired production of “Our Town” performs at the Pasadena Playhouse, and runs through to October 22nd. Don’t Miss It!.
-- Jack Lyons