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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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This filmed production originally opened at the Lyceum Theater in New York on December 4, 1988 and ran for 136 performances See more »

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Mrs. Soames: What did she die of, Julia?
Mrs. Gibbs: In childbirth.
Mrs. Soames: Childbirth. I'd forgotten all about that. My, wasn't life awful--and wonderful.
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Version of Robert Montgomery Presents: Our Town (1950) See more »

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Amazing.
2 July 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is just a great great filmed version of a great great play. Watching it was amazing because I've seen this play so many times, and yet for some reason they found a new better way of doing it. Spalding Grey is an inspired choice for the Stage Manager, he's sharp and prickly and much darker than the old friendly guy who usually plays this part. And Penelope Anne Miller and Eric Stoltz as Emily and George are just fantastic, I was very moved by the famous 'soda fountain scene', that if done poorly can ruin the play. The third act with the dead was very moving, I just can't say enough good things about this version of Our Town. Track it down, you won't be sorry.


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