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Our Town (1989)

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This classic American play, performed on an almost-bare stage, is about the mundane but rather pleasant lives of the Gibbs family, the Webb family, and their neighbors in Grover's Corners, ... See full summary »

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This classic American play, performed on an almost-bare stage, is about the mundane but rather pleasant lives of the Gibbs family, the Webb family, and their neighbors in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, early in the 20th century. Act 1 presents an ordinary day in the life of the town. Act 2 carries the story forward with the courtship and marriage of George Gibbs and Emily Webb. Act 3 makes everything that has gone before seem pointless, but at the same time, ironically, it validates the earlier scenes. Emily has died while giving birth to her second child. During and after her funeral, she converses with other dead persons in the cemetery. She then gets permission to return briefly to life but finds it's not what she thought it would be. It goes too fast, and people don't have time to look at one another. "This is the way we were: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying." That's how the Stage Manager, an all-knowing character who serves as the ... Written by Wayne 119

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The Lyceum Theatre, at which this revival of "Our Town" was staged and taped for television, is the oldest theatre still in use in the United States. See more »

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George Gibbs: Emily, if I do change, and make a big improvement... could you be- I mean, would you be-?
Emily Webb: I already am, George. I always have been.
George Gibbs: So, I guess this is a pretty important talk we've been having!
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The most full blooded version of Our Town yet.
29 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Every once in a while you see a drama that reminds you that most theater and film is very superficial. This 1989 version of Our Town has all the resonance of the 1940 film with an extra dimension of emotion. Spaulding Gray as the stage manager, Eric Stoltz, Penelope Ann Miller are all perfect from minute one. The film was more juvenile and here they are sexual. And the other characters are not so cardboard small town. Their repressions are very real. It took till Jan. 1991 for WNET to broadcast it and it is very expensive to purchase but very much unforgettable and worth it.


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