Best Audience - 2010
Thornton Wilder's 1938 ode to the wonder of life remains one of the most modern plays ever written. Set in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, the play ultimately involves three generations of townspeople. As lovely as the cast was in the finely tuned Stray Dog Theatre staging, what made the evening doubly moving was to gaze upon the audience seated in the sanctuary at the Tower Grove Abbey and see three generations of viewers — children, parents, grandparents — being affected by Wilder's dialogue. "Oh Earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you." The audience responded with silent looks and arms quietly linked, reminding us anew that to be in the presence of an involved audience can be a humbling experience.