City Paper is not for tourists
An idyllic community. A teenage romance. Tragedy that lurks behind the clapboard houses and neighbors’ friendly smiles. This isn’t Our Town but Our Suburb, playwright Darrah Cloud’s homage to the Thorton Wilder classic, which premieres at Theater J this week. The suburb is Skokie, Ill.—Cloud’s hometown—and the year is 1977. Residents are grappling with an infamous attempted neo-Nazi march, and a Jewish boy and Christian girl are falling in love. As the story moves forward, it becomes apparent that Nazism isn’t the only threat in Skokie, and that the suburbs of the ’70s are hardly the refuge they seemed to be. The play runs Dec. 19 to Jan. 12 at Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. $15–$45. (202) 518-9400. theaterj.org.