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Our Town, Wilder

Wilder? Am I’m going through something??

I just read As You Like It, but I figured you didn’t need me to tell you to read Shakespeare so I didn’t blog it. But it did remind me of how much I love plays. So I picked up a really, really sad but also really, really good one. Thornton Wilder‘s Our Town.

Now you know I love the big flashy, showy musicals. I mean seriously. I’m listening to the Wicked sound track as I write this.

But something about how Wilder was able to translate everyday, real life occurrences into such beautiful and thought provoking moments is so impressive. This is the first time I’d ever read the play but I saw it preformed once in high school and nearly half the audience was crying.

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Apparently there’s a movie.

But you’re probably wondering what this play is about. It’s a minimalist, meta play that walks the viewer through life in fictional small town Grover’s Corners. We meet the towns people, see their everyday life with chores and gossip. And we watch George and Emily fall in love. Then time does what time must always do, and passes.

You’re left heart broken, and asking yourself all sorts of existential questions. Am I making the most out of life? Is the potential of pain that comes with love worth it? How important is the place where you grew up on your life?

And the best part, the play doesn’t give concrete answers. You have to decide for yourself. Which is way better than if they just gave you all the answers. You have to decide if you’re making the most of life. And of course love is worth it, so are you loving whole heartedly?

Hence why I asked if I’m going through something. Because why else would you pick this up to read just for fun? Because art and beauty, that’s why.

Ugh. It’s so insane how some dialogue and minimal direction can make me feel so emotional and inspired.

If you don’t want to just take my word for it, it also won a Pulitzer. So go read it. 

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