Our Town by Thornton Wilder might be my favorite play ever. I read it for the first time in 10th grade English class, as a requirement. And maybe you’ve read it, too. Or seen Paul Newman in the PBS dvd. (I love Paul!)
Our Town follows the lives (and deaths) of characters in the small town of Grover’s Corners. I love the structure of the play, and I also love the plot. It depicts life itself, a story that encompasses all other stories, and connects to every person.
Recommended for: Taking a step back.
Our Town is a great way to step back from the hubbub and worrisome details of life. It reminds us of the importance of human connections, while emphasizing the fleeting, ephemeral nature of life.
Will I read it again?
Yes! Over and over and over.
You know how it is: you’re twenty-one or twenty-two and you make some decisions; then whisssh! you’re seventy: you’ve been a lawyer for fifty years, and that white-haired lady at your side has eaten over fifty thousand meals with you.
How do such things begin?
What are you thoughts on Our Town? Do you love it like me, or not? Got any other theatre recommendations?