A Review of Thornton Wilder's 'Play Our Town'

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Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town" provides audiences with a glimpse into the lives of people inhabiting the small town of Grover's Corners. People in this town are relatively simple individuals and the first two acts actually emphasize the stability there by showing how individuals are inclined to connect to each-other as if they were part of a larger family. Wilder makes it possible for audiences to gain a more complex understanding concerning how people in a small town feel with regard to each-other. These individuals consider that it would be perfectly normal for them to accept their neighbors and prefer to keep matters as they are, taking into account that they generally seem reluctant to support the idea of change. The stage manager in the play is meant to highlight the constant nature of things in Gover's Corners. "We all know that something is eternal. And it ain't houses and it ain't names, and it ain't earth, and it ain't even the stars . . . everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings." (Stage Manager Wilder) This plays an important role in having audiences understand the unity present in this particular town. Even though George and Emily are going to marry and even though Joe is going to be killed in France during the First World War, the town of Grover's Corners is going to preserve most of its values and local people are always going to feel that there is something connecting them. The local

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