Our Town

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Originally assembled by actress Joanne Woodward at Connecticut's Westport County Playhouse (where she served as artistic director), this highly praised 2002 revival of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1938 play +Our Town enjoyed a brief Broadway stay that same year, and it was during its New York run that the production was videotaped for the Showtime cable network. The revival's principal attraction was Woodward's husband, Paul Newman, in the role of the avuncular Stage Manager, who narrates the action and occasionally converses with the characters on-stage and with members of the audience. Covering a period from 1901 to approximately 1917, the play is set in the New England community of Grover's Corners (conveyed with a bare minimum of sets and props, as dictated by Wilder's original staging notes). The focus is on the romance between Emily Webb (Maggie Lacey), daughter of the town's newspaper editor, and George Gibbs (Ben Fox). The play's three acts run the full gamut of Emily and George's relationship, from courtship, to marriage, to early death. In addition to Newman, the cast of Our Town is full of familiar TV and movie faces, among them Jeffrey DeMunn, Jane Curtin, Mia Dillon, Travis Walters, Stephen Mendillo, and Jake Robards, grandson of Jason Robards Jr.

Cast

Paul Newman
as Stage Manager
Jayne Atkinson
as Mrs. Gibbs
John Braden
as Prof. Willard
Wendie Barrie-Wilson
as Lady in the Box
Reathel Bean
as Man in the Auditorium
Tom Brennan
as Joe Stoddard
Kieran Campion
as Baseball Player
Patch Darragh
as Baseball Player
Frank Converse
as Dr. Gibbs
Jane Curtin
as Mrs. Webb
Mia Dillon
as Mrs. Soames
Conor Donovan
as Wally Webb
Ben Fox
as George Gibbs
Kristen Hahn
as Rebecca Gibbs
Carter Jackson
as Sam Craig
Maggie Lacey
as Emily Webb
Stephen Mendillo
as Constable Warren
Stephen Spinella
as Simon Stimson
Wendy Barrie-Wilson
as Woman in Balcony
T.J. Sullivan
as Joe Crowell
Jake Robards
as Howie Newsome
Cynthia Wallace
as Woman in the Auditorium
Travis Walters
as Si Crowell
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Audience Reviews for Our Town

  • Feb 07, 2009
    Perhaps I should justify this. My apologies to those more enlightened who found something meaningful in Our Town. The performances were well executed. My impression was that of a long-winded melodrama that came off as a cross between Picnic (1950 w/ William Holden) and My Dinner With Andre -both of which I liked. Worse, the premises and issues were givens. I do realize this wasn't its purpose. but I think this play missed a chance to be a devastating indictment of the periodic corruption, hypocrisy, small-mindedness, and maliciousness that tend to underlie so many communities. This could have been done subtly or even by use of exaggeration, say by making it just over Norman Rokwell-esque enough to make us suspicious. Nevertheless, I guess I wanted something with more cleverness, along the lines of Main Street, USA. But I will admit it's been years since I saw it and perhaps deserves another viewing now that I'm older.
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