Liminal's Our Town

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Nov. 17, 3 p.m., Fri., Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 23 2013


Liminal Performance Group, long a bastion of experimental theatrical work in Portland, is currently running one of the most frequently produced shows in American theater: Our Town, the chestnuttiest chestnut of them all. Mileage will vary depending on your tolerance for Thornton Wilder's classic, but Liminal's production has a lot going for it. Technically, it's excellent: the sound design is ambitious and perfectly integrated; video projection is used in thoughtful ways that serve the story and add depth to the otherwise bare-bones set. And the tone is challenging, witty, and dark—there's mercifully little of the hazy nostalgia that Wilder's endlessly over-produced script is often drenched in. ALISON HALLETT

Price: $12-25

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