Our Town

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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/6/2004
  • UPC: 794054895629
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Stage Manager
Maggie Lacey Emily Webb
Ben Fox George Gibbs
Frank Converse Dr. Gibbs
Jayne Atkinson Julia Gibbs
Jeffrey DeMunn Charles Webb
Jane Curtin Myrtle Webb
Stephen Spinella Simon Stimson
Mia Dillon Mrs. Soames
Jake Robards Howie Newsome
Travis Walters Si Crowell
T.J. Sullivan Joe Crowell
Stephen Mendillo Constable Bill Warren
John Braden Prof. Willard
Tom Brennan Joe Stoddard
Conor Donovan Wally Webb
Kristen Hahn Rebecca Gibbs
Carter Jackson Sam Craig
Wendy Barrie-Wilson Woman in Balcony
Reathel Bean Man in Auditorium
Cynthia Wallace Woman in Auditorium
Technical Credits
James Naughton Director
Phil Abraham Cinematographer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good but not the greatest version of "Our Town"

    The best thing this version has, of course, is Paul Newman, but the rest of the cast is pretty good as well. The setting is very static so you don't get a good feeling of the whole town or the period. But that is the fault of the cinematographer and the set designer. I wish there were more versions of great Broadway plays available as DVD's. To keep a record of great performances and as a teaching device for young people in school who live far from a "real stage performance".

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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