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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

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

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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 2003 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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

Emily: Does anybody realize what life is while they're living it - every, every minute?
Stage Manager: No. Saints and poets, maybe. They do some.
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Version of Our Town (1940) See more »

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An Amazing Revisualization
24 February 2004 | by NormanThePigSee all my reviews

I first read "Our Town" in tenth grade. I knew there was something amazing about it, but I couldn't understand, see, or find it. I made it my mission to find out.

Over the years, I have seen literally hundreds of productions of "Our Town," always in hopes of discovering the beauty that it possesses...somewhere.

And here it is. Finally.

This very contemporary, very recent production of "Our Town" is a stunning revisualization of this, Thornton Wilder's greatest work.

The thematic material of "Our Town" is often misunderstood as a look at the ordinariness of daily life and how tedious the mundane is, but this is a short-sighted claim to Wilder's writing, as he provides much more depth and texture than that.

It is biting yet sweet. It is sarcastic yet humbly honest. It is contemporary yet nostalgiac. In "Our Town," life is beautifully tragic, woefully joyous, and endearingly boring.

The acting here is top-notch, as the starring roles are filled by such seasoned veterans as Paul Newman, Jayne Atkinson, and more. Newman especially shines as one who is amused, terrified, and bored with this small provincial place over which he seems to be a kind of non-active deity. Emily's final farewell to Grover's Corners is especially beautiful.

The real wonder of this production is that it is apparent that the production team pulled together to create a solid, collaberative, cohesive piece of theatre that would reach people of all ages, colors, and creeds. All aspects of the production have come together beautifully to create this amazingly convincing work of theatre.

Furthermore, this televised version is a wonderfully rendering of the original stage production. The camera never feels obtrusive, it never feels out of place or foreign. We feel like the audience, not like the camera. We are being led on a tour.

Perhaps it is Thornton's (and the Stage Manager's) brilliant tour-guide-like presentation that makes this work so superbly on camera as well as stage.

All in all, this mounting of "Our Town" surely does Thornton Wilder justice, as it brilliantly achieves what all great theatre should aspire to do: it emotes; it teaches; it explains; it examines; and it humanizes. Do not miss this for anything.


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