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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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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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Referenced in Monster in a Box (1992) See more »

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spalding gray is supposed to be talented?
27 August 2004 | by (new york) – See all my reviews

i've never seen spalding gray act before. i don't know how he was in other movies but he was HORRIBLE in this role. his phrasing made little sense, breaking lines up in bizarre places. he seemed to break lines up whenever he needed a breath rather than for any specific purpose. any mediocre actor would have given a better performance on a first reading through the script. "our mountain"? "our town"? he delivered the lines as if he had no connection with the town at all. perhaps someone should have woken him up before the performance. perhaps the director could have gotten him to stop mumbling. didn't anyone realize that they were given this incoherent boob the biggest, most crucial role in the play?


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