Our Town (2003)

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Movie Info

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.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
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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
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Mr. 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
Wendy Barrie-Wilson
as Woman in Balcony
Stephen Spinella
as Simon Stimson
T.J. Sullivan
as Joe Crowell
Jake Robards
as Howie Newsome
Cynthia Wallace
as Woman in the Auditorium
Travis Walters
as Si Crowell
Ben Fox
as George Gibbs
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Critic Reviews for Our Town

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

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Full Review… | August 19, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Reminds us of what an extraordinary work Our Town is and will always be, as long as it's handled by real pros.

Full Review… | July 8, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Made for TV production still grabs, and with Paul Newman in Stage Director role.

July 13, 2007
Video-Reviewmaster.com

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Full Review… | September 24, 2003
About.com

If you missed the sold-out Westport Country Playhouse's production of Our Town, now is your chance to see what made it so incredibly special.

May 15, 2003
www.susangranger.com

Audience Reviews for Our Town

I saw a production of this at my local theater recently, and was interested in seeing this for comparison. While it's more effective when seen live, this is an excellent production of a classic play. It's a bit long and dragged-out, but the third act is well worth everything else.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee
½

A near-perfect rendering of one of the best plays the stage has ever seen. Just beautiful to behold. Paul Newman's work as The Stage Manager is sublime ... more powerful now than ever.

Phillip Johnston
Phillip Johnston
½

My favorite production of my favorite play, save the Merchant of Venice. Will somebody tell me why they haven't come out with a decent version of that one???

Jonathan Best
Jonathan Best

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