ARTS Pick: Our Town

Carolyn Demanelis takes the audience through life’s ups and downs in Our Town. Photo: Michael Bailey Carolyn Demanelis takes the audience through life’s ups and downs in Our Town. Photo: Michael Bailey

With a sly twist on casting, director Robert Chapel makes the most of Our Town’s minimalist appeal by putting UVA drama grad student Carolyn Demanelis in the lead role of stage manager (played notably by Paul Newman on Broadway). Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play pulls back the curtain on the citizens of a close-knit, idyllic American community in the years between 1901-1913.

Through 11/21. $8-14, times vary. Ruth Caplin Theatre, 109 Culbreth Rd. UVA Arts Grounds. 924-3376.