OUR TOWN in New York

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    Feb 25, 2009 8:14 AM GMT
    Since Thornton Wilder was probably gay (though, if he was, he was so closeted that even Wilder scholars aren't really sure), I thought it might be relevant to mention here that there is a superb production of Wilder's Our Town (to my mind, one of the four or five greatest American plays) currently playing at the Barrow Street Theatre in Manhattan.

    This production started in Chicago. though I think only a few members of the Chicago cast have made the trip to New York for the production here.

    Admittedly, this isn't very jock-oriented, but one of the play's main characters is a jock. icon_wink.gif

    Anyway, if you like great plays and you can get to this production, I recommend this very highly. There's a good likelihood that once the production officially opens and reviews appear, tickets will be hard to get.
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    Feb 25, 2009 10:13 PM GMT
    jprichva saidI saw the revival some years ago in New York with Spalding Gray as the stage manager. It was very moving.

    I still think The Skin Of Our Teeth is Wilder's masterpiece though.

    I love The Skin of Our Teeth, but it seems very hard to make it work in performance, whereas it seems to very hard to keep Our Town from working (though productions do manage from time to time).

    I recently got a DVD of the TV production of The Skin of Our Teeth from the 1950s. This was based on a stage revival. It has Mary Martin as Sabina, Helen Hayes as Mrs. Antrobus, George Abbott as Mr. Antrobus, and Florence Reed (from the original production) as the Fortune Teller. The production had gotten kind of mixed reviews onstage, but I was amazed at how good it was. I did know that Martin had never been comfortable as Sabina, and that when it was done on television, it was re-directed by Vincent J. Donehue. (Alan Schneider had directed the stage production, and lots of actors hated working with him.) Donehue helped her so much that she insisted he direct The Sound of Music.

    Anyway, much as I've always loved The Skin of Our Teeth on paper, I was still amazed at how good this production was.

    Btw, that Our Town production with Spalding Gray is available on a commercial DVD, paired with an earlier TV production with Hal Holbrook.