at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
When you decide to present a well-known, quality chestnut, you're declaring that you either have a fresh vision or else you're going to new heights in production standards. Hurtling above raised expectations is the stock in trade of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with its schedule of Shakespeare and other plays that everyone has seen from high school on. OSF also shares new perspectives on tired war horses many times a season.
Unfortunately, this edition of Our Town is neither innovative nor Tony Award material. It's a technically competent production without gaffs.
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I am only perplexed about whether to blame the casting or the directing for creating this just-competent production. I think I'll pick direction, because given the talent shown in other plays by many of the cast, director Yew must intentionally created an evening of blasé high school theater.