Last night I saw this version of Thorton Wilder’s Our Town on PBS’s Masterpiece Theater. I marveled that Wilder was skillful enough to write a play about everyday life that would be so compelling.
Looking at what people have written about it on the Internet, today, I’m finding that some people have the attitude that this play is just too far in the past. They can’t relate to it. As the review I pointed to above says: … one can’t help get the feeling that this sleepy-town is having its intended effect. Allegory hangs heavily over Grover’s Corner, to the point where you start wishing they’d open a Starbucks. To me, this says the reviewer is a little too tightly bound to the times, that or this sort of play just isn’t his style (Read his review of Bat Boy, The Musical to see what I mean. Bat Boy is based on a re-curring charecter from that bastion of fake news: The Weekly World News.)