- Title: Our Town: A Play in Three Acts
- Author: Thornton Wilder
- ISBN: 9780060807795
- Page: 279
- Format: Paperback
Our Town was first produced and published in 1938 to wide acclaim This Pulitzer Prize winning drama of life in the town of Grover s Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic It is Thornton Wilder s most renowned and most frequently performed play.It is now reissued in this handsome hardcover edition, featuring a new Foreword by Donald MargOur Town was first produced and published in 1938 to wide acclaim This Pulitzer Prize winning drama of life in the town of Grover s Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic It is Thornton Wilder s most renowned and most frequently performed play.It is now reissued in this handsome hardcover edition, featuring a new Foreword by Donald Margulies, who writes, You are holding in your hands a great American play Possibly the great American play In addition, Tappan Wilder has written an eye opening new Afterword, which includes Thornton Wilder s unpublished notes and other illuminating photographs and documentary material.
Recent Comments "Our Town: A Play in Three Acts"
*Read for class*I enjoyed this WAY more than I thought I would. I expected it to just be boring Americana which is totally not my thing but the last act just totally blew me away. It was profound and thoughtful and terrifyingly accurate, but very well done.
American playwriting at its best. I think the most stunning thing is that this book manages to convey a deep sense of human tragedy without portraying people who rabidly abuse each other. This is also why many hack directors (not to mention high schools) have been able to produce the work as a saccharine fairytale, and the bad reputation of this play can certainly be attributed to these careless people. But you, my dear critical thinker--you should read this.
Goodbye, Grover’s CornersI saw a really terrible movie this weekend called "Stardust". I thought that it would be terrific since the cast is star-studded and mostly because it was based on a novel by the very clever Neil Gaiman (who I am a big fan of, Sandman, American Gods, Good Omens & the "Brakiri Day of the Dead" episode of Babylon 5 for fans in the know). But alas, the movie sucked (although Deniro was funny. Yarg!!).But the movie also stars Claire Daines who I used to be a big fan of [...]
Okay, first of all – because people will criticize me for it, and rightly so – I have not seen this play. I fully appreciate that plays are written in order to be viewed on stage, not on page, and that people who judge a play after merely reading it are probably the bane of a playwright's life. That said, I feel that if there's any play that's could be "seen" just as well in the mind of the reader, it'sOur Town From the setting to the plot to the characters' actions, the entire thing is almo [...]
Winner of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for drama.Occasionally a book comes along that makes me say, now this is why I read. Thornton Wilder was perfect when he wrote this and the result was perfection. "Our Town" struck every chord just right for me. I grew up near a small town on a farm and I recognized this town, and I recognized these people. Through the first two acts of this play I was loving it and thinking, this is the Americana that is fast disappearing, maybe already has. Then act 3 knocked [...]
I REALLY like stories that draw attention to the wonder in life, and this play if definitely one of those stories. It's all about ORDINARY people, living ORDINARY lives, doing ORDINARY things. In a market where YA books are all about being the hero, saving the world, getting the girl, etc here's a little story about the meaning and purpose of just being an ordinary person living an ordinary life. (Teens could use this message btw so LET'S WRITE SOME YA ABOUT THAT.) It's about embracing life, mom [...]
Description: Our Town was first produced and published in 1938 to wide acclaim. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of life in the small village of Grover's Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic. It is Thornton Wilder's most renowned and most frequently performed play.Our Town is a 1940 film adaptation of a play of the same name by Thornton Wilder starring William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter, Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchell, Guy Kibbee and Frank Craven. It wa [...]
بعد از اونيل، ويليامز، پينتر، بكت، سارتر، البي و مكدونا، ديشب وايلدر هم به جمع نمايشنامه نويسان استثنايي پيوست alienation effect نداشت نميدونم چي ميشد!
Read this for my English class, very different play with a great message!
A timeless masterpiece!This is absolutely my favorite play. It is timeless and universal, pertaining to anyone, anywhere. The story takes place in a small town at the turn of the century, in 1901, and takes place over the course of about fourteen years. The story line is extremely simplistic, but allows the reader to focus on the deeper themes that author, Thorton Wilder, is able to display. The play has three acts that each represent daily life, love and marriage, and death. Living people are p [...]
Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it ? - every every minute ?
It’s a regular little town in the US a hundred years ago. It’s an extraordinary little town in the US a hundred years ago. It’s very ordinariness makes it extraordinary. As is, Wilder hints, all life. To walk. To talk. To eat. To drink. And, perhaps most of all, sharing this amazing life with others. Read this play and you will remember to be alive. To everything.
I have read this book too many times to count. It is amazingly ageless and speaks to each generation. I was priviledged to see Paul Newman open as the Stage Manager on opening night in Wesport,CT. I read quotes from it at my younger sister's funeral. I carries a lot of weight with me. Read the book before you ever see a high school production!
The characters are ordinary.The story is ordinary.The happenstances are ordinary.The life-love-marriage-death, is ordinary.The life of Grover Corners is ordinary. The setting is ordinary.But.But.But.Thronton Wilder snatches these mundane moments from our lives and puts them on his stage: raw, exposed and vulnerable for all to see. An ambition to change the way of life dances in the eyes of a young man, a young woman adores the moon and romanticizes a future, an elderly couple pass into quietness [...]
I remember reading this back in high school, and at that time I thought this was one of the most boring things I ever read. However, in rereading this as an adult I discovered that there is something to appreciate in this play. The basic message of this play is that life is made up of a lot of mundane everyday activities, and that we often don't appreciate these experiences until it's too late. That's not really a message that can reach younger people who are chasing dreams and looking for adven [...]
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Reread with my English I class. I played the Stage Manager in class and sobbed like a baby through the flashback scene. Need I say more? This is amazing and changes my perspective a little bit every time I read it. A book or play that can do that is truly something special. Seize the day!
Brilliant allegory, but needs to be seen.
"Mother Gibbs, I never realized before how troubled and how how in dark live persons are."
An easy one-sitting read. This was surprisingly interesting for being a slice-of-life play about a play. Each act skips ahead a few years, and the play concludes with a deceased character reflecting on life. Overall, it's thoughtful and emphasizes how much living people don't understand the brevity of life and appreciate the time they have. Definitely worth reading and pondering!
Our Town is a short powerful play by Thornton Wilder. It portrays our environment, lives, and death within the very few pages. The story is so vivid, it draws one into the town, and the lives of the characters. It is historical and philosophical. But what amazes me most is the realistic view of our lives that is encompassed. Emily symbolizes life, marriage, and death. In life, she is almost always with his friend and neighbor George Gibbs. Marriage comes to her without any training. She is force [...]
A beautiful and sad play.The play is performed without a set and the actors mime their actions without the use of props, With a narration by a stage manager, All these elements make the play very interesting and challengeable to any director.I always feel sad when writers talk about the ordinary every-day life, Don't kown exactly why?, In this play along with the ordinary lives of its characters, The third act with its funeral atmosphere made it almost a melancholy play.Wilder's language in the [...]
It's short. It's an easy read. It's a play. How can you go wrong?This was a great book with a great theme, although how he portrays the afterlife is a little weird and slightly confusing. It has a really great message though and I would recommend it for older, more discerning readers :)
So I am thinking about auditioning for Our Town this fall and realized that I had not yet read it. A classic simply because it represents a snippet of life in a long ago time (over 100 years now!). Reminiscent of a Walton novel, Wilder's staging is different than normal because his stage manager breaks the fourth wall.
The hardest thing for someone to do is to appreciate the simplest details in life that would mean the most to you. After Thornton Wilder read Stein's novel The Making of Americans, he decided to write his award winning play Our Town. Our Town traces the childhood, marriage, and death of Emily Webb and George Gibbs and their families. Mr. Wilder uses the Stage Manager shares the examples of the universal meanings behind the ordinary lives that these people live in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire [...]
I surprise myself with ratings.So this is Our Town. It is simplicity. It is a snapshot in time. It is a familiarity between audience and stage. I read in another review the most interesting part: it conveys a message without violence. And that is indeed something rare in American plays. Everything has its share of alcohol, of abuse, of the pursuit of the failed American dream - that gets boring. Other plays have an excess of stage props and directions [e.g. move URC, cue sound effect 8, dim ligh [...]
Simple, effective, timeless.
Act 1: okayAct 2: okayAct 3: what
در شهر ما، تورنتون وایلدر نشان می دهد که با وجود ثبات در آداب و رسوم مردم و پایداری محیط طبیعی اطراف، اما زندگی ها گذرا هستند. زندگی هایی که تحت تاثیر زیاد گذر زمان قرار دارند. شخصیت مدیر صحنه اغلب بر روی این مساله تاکید می کند که برای افراد این نمایشنامه، زمان خیلی سریع می گذرد. [...]
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