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Our Town
TV Episode | 103 min | Music

This classic American play, performed on an almost-bare stage, is about the mundane but rather pleasant lives of the Gibbs family, the Webb family, and their neighbors in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, early in the 20th century. Act 1 ...See moreThis classic American play, performed on an almost-bare stage, is about the mundane but rather pleasant lives of the Gibbs family, the Webb family, and their neighbors in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, early in the 20th century. Act 1 presents an ordinary day in the life of the town. Act 2 carries the story forward with the courtship and marriage of George Gibbs and Emily Webb. Act 3 makes everything that has gone before seem pointless, but at the same time, ironically, it validates the earlier scenes. Emily has died while giving birth to her second child. During and after her funeral, she converses with other dead persons in the cemetery. She then gets permission to return briefly to life but finds it's not what she thought it would be. It goes too fast, and people don't have time to look at one another. "This is the way we were: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying." That's how the Stage Manager, an all-knowing character who serves as the narrator, sums up the play at one point. The Stage Manager knows that Our Town is about a lot more than one particular place at one particular time, and the audience soon begins to sense the mythological dimensions of Our Town. Written by Wayne 119 See less
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Nov 3, 1989 (United States)

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26 cast members
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Spalding Gray
Stage Manager Stage Manager   See fewer
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James Rebhorn
Dr. Gibbs Dr. Gibbs   See fewer
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Atticus Brady
Joe Crowell / Si Crowell Joe Crowell / Si Crowell   See fewer
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John Griesemer
Howie Newsome Howie Newsome   See fewer
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Frances Conroy
Mrs. Gibbs Mrs. Gibbs   See fewer
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Roberta Maxwell
Mrs. Webb Mrs. Webb   See fewer
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Eric Stoltz
George Gibbs George Gibbs   See fewer
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Lydia Kelly
Rebecca Gibbs Rebecca Gibbs   See fewer
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Shane Culkin
Wally Webb Wally Webb   See fewer
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Penelope Ann Miller
Emily Webb Emily Webb   See fewer
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Bill Alton
Prof. Willard Prof. Willard   See fewer
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Peter Maloney
Mr. Webb Mr. Webb   See fewer
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Steven Goldstein
Belligerent man Belligerent man   See fewer
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Jeff Weiss
Simon Stimson Simon Stimson   See fewer
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Marcell Rosenblatt
Mrs. Soames Mrs. Soames   See fewer
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Tom Brennan
Const. Warren Const. Warren   See fewer
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Marilyn Hamlin
Mrs. Ferguson Mrs. Ferguson   See fewer
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Richard Cordova
Organist Organist   See fewer
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Amanda Green
Mrs. Newsome Mrs. Newsome   See fewer
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Neil Pepe
Baseball player Baseball player   See fewer
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Jordan Lage
Baseball player Baseball player   See fewer
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Rod McLachlan
Sam Craig Sam Craig   See fewer
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William Duell
Joe Stoddard Joe Stoddard   See fewer
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Joan MacIntosh
Woman in graveyard Woman in graveyard   See fewer
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Ron Parady
Farmer McCarthy Farmer McCarthy   See fewer
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Thomas Kopache
Mr. Carter Mr. Carter   See fewer
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8.3 / 10 | 170 votes