’Middletown’ a new take on ‘Our Town’


BRATTLEBORO -- Will Eno’s contemporary masterpiece "Middletown" continues at the New England Youth Theatre through Saturday.

The New England Youth Theatre’s Senior Company takes on this work, inspired by, and sometimes parodying Thornton Wilder’s "Our Town." "Middletown" explores the intersecting lives of small-town residents and the strange beauty of life while searching for the tiniest shred of certainty and consistency.

The New York Times has called playwright Will Eno a "Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation." With a poignant lyricism Eno explores the moments that make up the middle. Because in his own words, "by definition, all our lives take place in the middle of those two sort of unknowable events (birth and death), in this great and often unexamined middle."

Young director Michael Trzos, a recent graduate of The University of Evansville Theater Department, returns to NEYT to guide the Senior Company through this rich and deeply thoughtful contemporary work about the mysteries of human existence.

"Middletown" is recommended for ages 13 and up, due to adult content and language.

Performances are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.neyt.org. The New England Youth Theatre is located on 100 Flat St. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students.

Sponsor is The Bear Bookshop. New England Youth Theatre is supported by Foard Panel, the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. New England Youth Theatre is an accessible theater, with accommodations for wheelchairs, and Assistive Listening Devices for patrons who are hard of hearing.


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