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October 22, 2017  No comments News

We should have seen this coming. After nearly 10 years together, running away from a thousand explosions and earning billions of dollars, there was only one place the cast of Marvel’s Avengers movies could possibly go. Really, it’s the only thing that makes sense. They are, at long last, doing Our Town together. And it’s for a good cause!

It was announced on Friday that Scarlett Johansson will lead Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo—with more actors to be announced—in a staged reading of Thornton Wilder’s classic 1938 play. They’re all down in Atlanta filming whatever the next Avengers movie is, Avengers: Chipwrecked I think, and have decided to band together, like only the Avengers can, to do a one-night-only reading to benefit hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. Johansson got her New York theater pal Kenny Leon to come down and direct, and a lucky few will get to see the fruits of their labor on November 6.

Wouldn’t that be a dream to see? I assume Johansson will be playing Emily, who doesn’t realize how sweet and precious our short lives on this Earth are until she loses her own. I also assume that Downey Jr., as the paterfamilias of the Avengers clan, will be playing the Stage Manager, the sort of spiritual guide through the play who gets some killer lines about, well, the fleeting nature of existence. Chris Evans will, I’m guessing, be Emily’s beau, George, and Mark Ruffalo will be . . . I dunno, one of the dads? There are plenty more roles to be doled out, so I’m sure Johansson can corral some of her other Avengers pals to join her. Don Cheadle as sad Simon Stimson? Gwyneth Paltrow as gossipy Mrs. Soames? The possibilities are endless.

Hopefully there will be some recording of this event. There’s something awfully quaint and endearing about it, isn’t there? That after all this boom and rattle and global domination, this troupe of actors is doing nothing fancier or bigger than a little reading of Our Town, one of the most winsomely, wistfully American plays in existence. The Avengers cast is doing what so many high-school students have done before them, giving voice to Thornton’s melancholy poetry about small towns and vast mysteries. I’m sure they’ll do those words proud.

And they’re raising money for Puerto Rico, which is very important. The president of the United States maybe says there’s only so much we can do about American citizens living without electricity or clean water for potentially months on end, but the cast of the Avengers knows that’s not entirely true. So they’re doing what they can do, what they were always destined to do. They’re putting on their best turn-of-the-century New Hampshire accents and are puttin’ on a play. We salute them. And we beg them for a house seat.

Source: vanityfair.com






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