LALT’s show is just what the doctor ordered

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By Kirsten Laskey

Los Alamos Little Theater made one smart choice with its musical production of “The Spitfire Grill.”  

For any audience in any town, its message of hope and friendship is just what the doctor ordered. But sitting in the theater Saturday night, I felt the play was prescribed just for Los Alamos.

Gilead, Wis., is a small town that once strutted strong but now limps along due to the quarry closing. Businesses were boarded up and people left town. In sum, Gilead is in a tight spot. Sound familiar?  

But those who stayed in town formed a tight bond, which mirrors Los Alamos’ own close-knit community. There is Shelby Thorpe (Elisa Enriquez), her husband Caleb Thorpe (Warren Houghteling), postal worker Effy Krayneck (Gwen Wiens), Sheriff Joe Sutter (Patrick MacDonald) and Spitfire Grill owner Hannah Ferguson (Carolyn Conner).  Each of these citizens represents some archetype of small-town life. Shelby is the submissive wife, Caleb is the self-proclaimed leader of the town, Effy is the town gossip, Sutter is the youngster dying to get out of town and Hannah is the tough and crusty town elder.

This cast of characters’ world gets knocked for a loop when an outsider and ex-convict, Percy Talbot (Jess Cullinan) arrives in town.

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