January 26, 2022

Kelsey Theatre Presents Thornton Wilder Drama

“OUR TOWN”: Jim Bloss of Marlton as Doc Gibbs and Monique Beasley of Trenton as Mrs. Gibbs rehearse for the production of “Our Town” at the Kelsey Theatre on the West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community College. The Thornton Wilder classic runs through January 30. (Photo courtesy of Kelsey Theatre)

Shakespeare ’70 is performing Our Town through January 30, at the Kelsey Theatre on the West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community College (MCCC).

Thornton Wilder’s classic drama explores the universal themes of life, death, and everything in between. The play, which takes place in a small New England town at the turn of the 20th century, details the lives of two families, the Gibbs and the Webbs, and asks the question: “Do human beings realize life while they live it? Is there hope for something more?”

American dramatist and theatrical producer Edward Albee described Our Town as “the finest play ever written by an American.” Wilder, whose works are said to “explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience,” sets the play in three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” It premiered on Broadway in 1938.

The show opened January 21. Remaining shows are Friday and Saturday, January 28 and 29 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, January 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for children, students, and senior citizens; $20 for adults; and can be purchased at KelseyTheatre.org or by calling (609) 570-3333. Masks must be worn in the theater and proof of vaccination or of a negative COVID-19 test no older than 48 hours is required at the door.