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In a brief sum up Our Town is a play based only on imagination If you dont have an imagination youll be staring at a bare stage because there are few props on stage It is a play based on life its shown as how the author sees it relates to it and lives in it He shows us that we take our lives for granted as we watch two families in the 1900s The author is Thornton Wilder It was written in 1934-1938 United States and publishes in 1938 by Coward-McCann Inc Wilders play defies most conventional theatrical genres It is neither a comedy nor a tragedy neither a romance nor a farce It is a contemplative work concerning the human experience It is split into three acts Act I takes place on May 7 1901 Act II takes place on July 7 1904 with a flashback to approximately one year earlier Act III takes place in the summer of 1913 with a flashback to February 11 1899 Each scene takes place in Grovers Corners New Hampshire Its theme is based around the transience of human life the importance of companionship the artificiality of the theater and holds a major climax everyone is dead yet after dying in childbirth and joining the dead souls in the cemetery Emily returns to relive a day from her earthly life which makes her realize how little she appreciated the value of life Thus showing us that she took her life for granted too There are many characters in Our Town yet there is one that takes the role of many different people the Stage Manager The play does not contain the sort of narrator that a novel might but the Stage Manager does act as a narrator figure guiding us through the action The Stage Manager essentially the plays narrator often speaks directly to the audience in an authoritative and informative voice He is
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