Lewiston

Alice (Leigh Strimbeck) and Marnie (Montana Lampert Hoover) discuss the fate of the family ranch in Bridge Street Theatre's production of Samuel D. Hunter's Lewiston. Original photos by John Sowle.
7 reasons you should see this show, with no exaggeration at all.

By Andrew Andrews

Silver-haired Alice Lewis is about to sell the last 20 acres of her family’s once-vast North Dakota ranch to a condo developer, in order to make ends meet.

When a 24-year-old backpacker shows up at Alice’s fireworks stand and criticizes Alice for letting go of the property, it takes a while for Alice to recognize the young woman as her estranged granddaughter Marnie, who has returned to carry on as steward of the land.

While Alice’s housemate Connor tries to smooth things over, Marnie sets up camp and demands that Alice sell the land to her instead of the developer, for a fraction of what it’s worth.

As the stand-off continues, the backstory of Marnie’s disappearance is slowly revealed, along with the early death of Marnie’s mother, and a bit of biography on their distant relative: explorer Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis & Clark fame).

Bridge Street Theatre has gone to great lengths to make this a safe and enjoyable experience, and excels on seven counts:

Marnie arrives to find Alice and Connor (Daniel Hall Kuhn) discussing the latest offer to purchase the ranch for condo development.

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Andrew Andrews attended Lewiston at Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill on Friday, October 8, 2021 @ 7:30pm to write this review.

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