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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 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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The original Broadway production of "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder opened at Henry Miller's Theater on February 4, 1938, ran for 338 performances and won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1938. See more »

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Stage Manager: Everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings.
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Version of Our Town (1940) See more »

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Paul Newman in a role written for him!
7 October 2003 | by oldbob39See all my reviews

I've seen 'Our Town' on stage several times, dating back 50-some years to my small high school. I've seen it once on the small screen with Hal Holbrook, and including (I believe) John Houseman. But this is the best I have seen, and Paul Newman deserves a majority of the credit for this. He's about my age and I have watched him turn from the handsome, virile, often rebellious leading man to an old character actor. But this time he owns the stage. In live stage, I have never seen facial expression used really effectively: I've always been too far away from the actors. I don't recall Holbrook doing much in this area: I recall a rather straight narrative style that time. Newman is extraordinary. The expressions and the timing added a quality I don't ever recall seeing. The camera closed in appropriately and effectively. And for the first time I saw the Stage Manager turn from the simple travelogue narrator he appears at the opening to an identity at the closing moments I had never recognized before.

(I'm trying to be cautious and not spoil the end. Is it possible to spoil it? Hasn't everyone who enjoys American stage already seen 'Our Town', like me, enough times they can almost speak the dialogue of that final scene along with the characters?)

The play is so familiar that the sparse set comes naturally. This production actually used an item or two that I don't recall from earlier ones, but it still seems right. I was much impressed by the lighting, pulling the action up out of the overall darkness. Some things worked less well, I thought. George and Emily aged, and this was harder to do when the camera could zoom in and show their faces. With no makeup changes, they were left with dialogue and voice to convince the viewer, as I didn't feel movements showed the aging effectively. The same applied to the two sets of parents. Nonetheless, when Emily held the stage in the last scene, she still made it one of the most moving moments in theater.

I am intrigued by the critical response to 'Our Town'. Early reviews seem to be enthusiastic, but some critics since seem to consider it too light, too trivial, to be listed among the great ones like Williams's and Miller's works. But aren't we talking here about the universal themes of life? Isn't that serious enough?

Find a copy of it if you can. It's one of Paul Newman's great moments.


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