Our Town by Thornton Wilder

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Thornton Wilder is often overlooked in the pantheon of great American dramatists – Tennessee Williams (The Glass Menagerie), Arthur Miller, (The Crucible) and Eugene O’Neill – perhaps because his plays lack their lyricism, moral severity, or melodrama; and yet they are just as compelling. Our Town is perhaps his best. In his matter-of-fact tone and style, Wilder tells the story of a small town in New Hampshire and the life of its residents from birth to death. Yet the story is no chronicle, but a sad, philosophical tale of the quick passage of life, our refusal to appreciate it when we live it, and the small, insignificant place any one of our lives, given the perspective of time and history.

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West Central High School
Hartford, SD

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