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Our Town (2003)

Thornton Wilder's classic play on Grover's Corners, a fictional small town and its story taking place between 1901 and 1913, dealing with themes as life, death and the everyday routine of ... See full summary »

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James Naughton

Writer:

Thornton Wilder
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jayne Atkinson ... Mrs. Gibbs
Wendy Barrie-Wilson Wendy Barrie-Wilson ... Woman in Balcony
Reathel Bean Reathel Bean ... Man in Auditorium
John Braden John Braden ... Professor Willard
Tom Brennan Tom Brennan ... Joe Stoddard
Kieran Campion ... Baseball Player
Patch Darragh ... Baseball Player
Frank Converse ... Dr. Gibbs
Jane Curtin ... Mrs. Webb
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Mr. Webb
Mia Dillon ... Mrs. Soames
Conor Donovan ... Wally Webb
Ben Fox Ben Fox ... George Gibbs
Kristen Hahn ... Rebecca Gibbs
Carter Jackson Carter Jackson ... Sam Craig
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Thornton Wilder's classic play on Grover's Corners, a fictional small town and its story taking place between 1901 and 1913, dealing with themes as life, death and the everyday routine of its many residents, all followed and detailed by the Stage Manager. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Drama | Family | Romance

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PG
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Trivia

In this production Paul Newman played the stage manager. In the 1955 production which aired on Producers' Showcase (1954), Paul Newman played George Gibbs and Frank Sinatra played the stage manager. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Gibbs: It seems to me, once in your life, before you die, you ought to see a country where they don't speak any English and they don't even want to.
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Connections

Featured in 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004) See more »

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Strangely conceived Our Town out of kilter with Wilder's instructions
22 November 2015 | by madmanmadmanSee all my reviews

Thankfully, Wilder's story of Our Town can even overcome out of kilter staging and unusual directing notes and even miscasting.

Paul Newman? Yes, he's alright but lacks nearly any sort of personality. The lines that could provide him with sympathy or any form of engagement with the audience are delivered very dryly, with little if any humanity.

The casting? Strange, I think. Both of Emily's parents are quite a bit older than one would expect from a teenager. Gosh, in the 1899 flashback, her father looks like some dodgy 70 year old, and even Jane Curtin is too old to be a teenager's mother.

The script? I fail to see why the producer, director, &/or actors felt compelled to change the script. No, there no major changes, but why change at all? It is certainly not needed, and rather presumptuous.

Similarly, the cemetery scene in Act III is staged rather counter to Wilder's instructions. The dead in that scene seems more like they are waiting for a train than waiting for eternity, and more like a coffee klatch than dead. And they move about quite vigorously in their chairs. I expected a better adherence to Wilder's instructions.

And, when she first appears in Act III, Emily is rather blase. A better staging would be for Emily to show a bit of sorrow, a bit of loss, and a bit of wonder. Instead, it seems to me that Emily is just joining the queue for the train, which will be along any minute now. Just another day.

No, this staging is not bad, but I would have expected much much better from a professional production like this. This production is just mediocre.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 2003 (USA) See more »

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