Our Town, written by American playwright Thornton Wilder, is a story that features neither a great love story nor a malicious villain. Instead it’s a snapshot of regular American families in regular small town America, living their regular lives. And that’s the point.
In three acts, Our Town captures a cadence of life that is familiar to all: Daily Life, Love and Marriage, Death and Eternity. In Daily Life, we’re introduced to the residents of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, focused particularly on the Webb and Gibbs families. In Love and Marriage, high school’ sweethearts Emily Webb and George Gibbs are married. In Act III, the residents of Grover’s Corners grieve the untimely death of Emily Gibbs.