I enjoyed this WAY more than I thought I would. I expected it to just be boring Americana which is totally not my thing but the last act just totally blew me away. It was profound and thoughtful and terrifyingly accurate, but very well done.
"So all that was going on and we never noticed...Oh, earth,you are too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it--every,every minute?”To answer poor dead Emily's question: I know I don't. Especially not today. Not on this Fourth of July.
Most Independence Days I think about hot dogs, potato salad, Souza, and fireworks. And maybe--for a brief moment—about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
This year, though, I am thinking about ever ...more
― Thornton Wilder, Our Town
It's been years perhaps a decade or more since I last read OUR TOWN. I'd forgotten how beautiful it is. It is easy to see why this is one of the heavy hitters of the American Theatre. Our Town has been called "Wilder's hymn to ordinary lives," and so it is. 81 years later this powerful piece of theatre has lost none of it's charm.
In OUR TOWN, Wilder expertly explores the beauty and sor ...more
"Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? ---every, every minute?"
First published in 1938, OUR TOWN is a play by Thornton Wilder that delivers a hauntingly REAL look at life....and death....and love.
ACT I begins on May 7, 1901 in the small town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. It is a nice town with a nice mix of people. Some are gossips, some have addictions and others have little disagreements and problems like mos...more
What makes reading this all the more moving, is that the way of life described has al ...more
Occasionally a book comes along that makes me say, now this is why I read. Thornton Wilder was perfect when he wrote this and the result was perfection. "Our Town" struck every chord just right for me. I grew up near a small town on a farm and I recognized this town, and I recognized these people. Through the first two acts of this play I was loving it and thinking, this is the Americana that is fast disappearing, maybe already has. Then act 3 knocked ...more
I saw a really terrible movie this weekend called "Stardust". I thought that it would be terrific since the cast is star-studded and mostly because it was based on a novel by the very clever Neil Gaiman (who I am a big fan of, Sandman, American Gods, Good Omens & the "Brakiri Day of the Dead" episode of Babylon 5 for fans in the know). But alas, the movie sucked (although Deniro was funny. Yarg!!).
But the movie also stars Claire Daines who I used to be a big fan of in th ...more
Description: Our Town was first produced and published in 1938 to wide acclaim. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of life in the small village of Grover's Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic. It is Thornton Wilder's most renowned and most frequently performed play.
Our Town is a 1940 film adaptation of a play of the same name by Thornton Wilder starring William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter, Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchell, Guy Kibbee and Frank Craven. It wa ...more
Part I http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
Part II http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
Part III http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
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Emily symbolizes life, marriage, and death. In life, she is almost always with his friend and neighbor George Gibbs. Marriage comes to her without any training. She is force ...more
The story is ordinary.
The happenstances are ordinary.
The life-love-marriage-death, is ordinary.
The life of Grover Corners is ordinary.
The setting is ordinary.
Thronton Wilder snatches these mundane moments from our lives and puts them on his stage: raw, exposed and vulnerable for all to see. An ambition to change the way of life dances in the eyes of a young man, a young woman adores the moon and romanticizes a future, an elderly couple pass into quietness ...more
But in Wilder's own "Some Suggestions for the Director,” he writes, “It is important to maint ...more
The characters in Our Town are simple small town folk with real aspirations and real problems, so it all seemed authentic. From the milkman to discussion about who was inheriting the farm I could relate. In my own town grow ...more
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