Can a play written in 1938 about rural life in the early 20th century — and staged by virtually every high school and collegiate drama department ever since — speak to 21st century audiences with relevancy and immediacy?
If the play is Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," which earned him one of his three Pulitzer Prizes, and the producing entity is Costa Mesa's Vanguard University, the answer is an unqualified "yes." No matter how many times you've seen it, you should avail yourself of the opportunity of experiencing it in an entirely new light before the production closes Sunday.
This show not only clutches at the heart, but also shows off the old classic in a new light. Director Susan K. Berkompas has cast two performers in the role of the stage manager — one male, one female — and they alternately offer cryptic comments about life in the fictional town of Grovers Corners, N.H., circa 1903-13.