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"Our Town" Summary and Themes

By February 10, 2013

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Since its debut in 1938, Thorton Wilder's Our Town has been embraced as an American classic. The play is simple enough to be studied by middle school students, yet rich enough in meaning to warrant continual productions on Broadway and in community theaters throughout the nation. So, what is the reason for its longevity?

Our Town represents Americana, the small town life of the early 1900s, a world most of us have never experienced. The fictional village of Grover's Corners contains quaint activities of yesteryear. Learn more about the themes and storyline of the bittersweet classic, Our Town.


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