Three Plays: Our Town, Skin of Our Teeth, Matchmaker


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  • Three Plays: Our Town, Skin of Our Teeth, Matchmaker
  • Thornton Wilder
  • English
  • 06 January 2018
  • 0060146508

10 thoughts on “Three Plays: Our Town, Skin of Our Teeth, Matchmaker

  1. says:

    I loved Thornton Wilder s The Long Christmas Dinner especially the way he managed to use the essential unreality of the stage to telescope time so that generations pass before our eyes, partaking essentially of the same Christmas dinner So it was with considerable excitement that I picked this book up at a second hand bookshop.I am sorry to say that it was somewhat of a let down Wilder uses the same technique of breaking up the illusion of verisimilitude that the proscenium stage provides, wh I loved Thornton Wilder s The Long Christmas Dinner especially the way he managed to use the essential unreality of the stage to telescope time so that generations pass before our eyes, partaking essentially of the same Christmas dinner So it was with considerable excitement that I picked this book up at a second hand bookshop.I am sorry to say that it was somewhat of a let down Wilder uses the same technique of breaking up the illusion of verisimilitude that the proscenium stage provides, which essentially makes the viewers into voyeurs peeping into someone else s reality through the fourth wall and this is his intention Fed up with the traditional methods of how plays are produced, acted and directed, the playwright here makes sure that a realistic approach to his play is impossible He does this through minimal and stylistic stage settings, stylised performances, shifts in time back and forth and the direct interaction of the characters with the audience Two of the plays also contain a stage manager who talks to the audience.Non realistic plays are the norm in the traditional theatre of the east, so I have no problem relating with that in fact, the stage manager here is a direct relative of the Sutradhara of the Sanskrit plays what spoilt the experience for me was the technique applied across three plays proved too much of a good thing I liked Our Town The Skin of Our Teeth, mildly and by the time I got to The Matchmaker, I could not finish it But partly, I think, the fault lies within me These plays are very hard to visualise and are ideally meant to be seen and not read.So three stars


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    original readings The Matchmaker The Skin of Our Teeth May, 1982 and January 2018I was on a kick looking for monologues in his short plays and got into reading the longer ones as well.Our Town June, 1982, June, 2015 I was Emily Webb I can still remember a hell of a lot of those lines original readings The Matchmaker The Skin of Our Teeth May, 1982 and January 2018I was on a kick looking for monologues in his short plays and got into reading the longer ones as well.Our Town June, 1982, June, 2015 I was Emily Webb I can still remember a hell of a lot of those lines


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    One major thing that is pointed out in this play is that people walk through life without ever really seeing anything, and this is shown on many an occasion, not really being noticed until it is too late to do anything about People that are alive do not have the worries that life will be short because they are still living it They do not worry about spending each second like it was their last because it is not They live life on a day to day basis, not worrying about whether or not they live i One major thing that is pointed out in this play is that people walk through life without ever really seeing anything, and this is shown on many an occasion, not really being noticed until it is too late to do anything about People that are alive do not have the worries that life will be short because they are still living it They do not worry about spending each second like it was their last because it is not They live life on a day to day basis, not worrying about whether or not they live it to its fullest because there will always betime The worst part is that life could end at any minute And when that person has not lived a full enough life, they will have no one to blame but themselves for not appreciating it when they had it It is often said that people do not miss things until they are gone, and this is oneexample If only people could miss it when they still had it, then losing it would not be such a tragedy because they would have been happy either way I thought this was an excellent review by SHAYLYN on .com my thoughts exactly


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    Our Town 5 StarsSkin of Our Teeth 5 Stars Matchmaker 3 Stars


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    Review for Our TownRead posted 11 29 185 out of 5 starsThere s not one idea in this play I haven t thought hundreds upon hundreds of times Problem was, they always remained brain thoughts, never quite reaching my soul Thornton Wilder put them in soul language for me Now I understand my thoughts, because I understand that they can t be understood.A friend who recommended Our Town told me It s a classic She s right And I know why it s a classic to me Quoting from John Guare s foreword, T Review for Our TownRead posted 11 29 185 out of 5 starsThere s not one idea in this play I haven t thought hundreds upon hundreds of times Problem was, they always remained brain thoughts, never quite reaching my soul Thornton Wilder put them in soul language for me Now I understand my thoughts, because I understand that they can t be understood.A friend who recommended Our Town told me It s a classic She s right And I know why it s a classic to me Quoting from John Guare s foreword, The response we make when we believe a work of the imagination is that of saying This is the way things are I have always known it without being fully aware that I knew it Now in the presence of this play or novel or poem or picture or piece of music I know that I know it Review for the Skin of Our TeethRead posted 12 22 183 out of 5 starsOkay, what just happened I did NOT understand that play Period Three stars because it was mostly entertaining and sometimes hilarious But I m afraid I sadly missed the point Wilder was trying to impress upon us I also have a niggling feeling I would have disagreed with him had I understand what he was saying Sad I suppose not everything can be as amazing as Our Town Review for the MatchmakerRead posted 12 23 184 out of 5 starsAll I can think just now is I have to see this play I have to see this play I REALLY MUST see this play It s a truly ludicrous farce, worthy of all effort put forth on my part to see it Envisionimg it as I read was difficult because I ve seen very few plays and those they were only non professionl school plays Also, there are several scenes of utter chaos in which I was hopelessly lost, trying to keep all the characters straight while remembering exactly how the stage was set up In conclusion I have to see this play because I almost split my sides with laughter as I read it Highly recommended This is an excellent collection of Thornton Wilder s plays I m new to his plays who am I kidding, I m new to plays in general and for me this served as a great introduction Happy reading


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    I d like to say that Thornton Wilder as a playwright didn t interest me very much although i liked our town very much It s one of the cases of the author of one work , The skin of our teeth was very bad, i didn t like It at all, and the matchmaker was an ordinary farce As a novelist i did t read any of his well known novels yet.Here s my reviews about each play I d like to say that Thornton Wilder as a playwright didn t interest me very much although i liked our town very much It s one of the cases of the author of one work , The skin of our teeth was very bad, i didn t like It at all, and the matchmaker was an ordinary farce As a novelist i did t read any of his well known novels yet.Here s my reviews about each play


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    I seldom read plays and Our Town is a probably why Despite the simplicity of its staging, it was altogether too difficult to follow without a stage or movie equivalent, even after a second reading decades later But as extraordinary as the movie was, I needed the play to make it even better Thornton Wilder s introduction to his writing life was equally extraordinary, although he says I never did anything original, but I always enjoyed myself At least one of these other plays became a reno I seldom read plays and Our Town is a probably why Despite the simplicity of its staging, it was altogether too difficult to follow without a stage or movie equivalent, even after a second reading decades later But as extraordinary as the movie was, I needed the play to make it even better Thornton Wilder s introduction to his writing life was equally extraordinary, although he says I never did anything original, but I always enjoyed myself At least one of these other plays became a renowned movie I should watch that first, or even Pirandello or the other European playwrights Wilder credits.I ve left a comment about the slightly haunting quote They just don t understand , in the comment section for the book, just in case the teenagers need fodder for their painful papers


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    Fun fact about The Matchmaker it was a re written version of The Merchant of Yonkers , which was based on a German comedy by Johann Nestroy, Einen Jux will es sich Machen, which was in turn based on the English play by John Oxenford, A Day Well Spent It also drew on material from Molier s L Avare And The Matchmaker , of course, was the basis of the musical Hello Dolly As a straightforward farce, The Matchmaker is the odd man out in this threesome Our Town and The Skin of Our Te Fun fact about The Matchmaker it was a re written version of The Merchant of Yonkers , which was based on a German comedy by Johann Nestroy, Einen Jux will es sich Machen, which was in turn based on the English play by John Oxenford, A Day Well Spent It also drew on material from Molier s L Avare And The Matchmaker , of course, was the basis of the musical Hello Dolly As a straightforward farce, The Matchmaker is the odd man out in this threesome Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth areserious,symbolic, andexperimental The Skin of Our Teeth was particularly tantalizing, although I won t claim to have fully grasped its meaning


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    I really enjoyed and found relevence and quality writing in the first two plays, but the third The Matchmaker which eventually became the musical Hello Dolly was not very interesting It was a commercial play written to make money, whereas his other plays were written with certain amounts of integrity and artistic craftmanship along with having something to say Reading them all together was acctually a bit confusing I would like to read his novels to get a better grasp on him as a writer I really enjoyed and found relevence and quality writing in the first two plays, but the third The Matchmaker which eventually became the musical Hello Dolly was not very interesting It was a commercial play written to make money, whereas his other plays were written with certain amounts of integrity and artistic craftmanship along with having something to say Reading them all together was acctually a bit confusing I would like to read his novels to get a better grasp on him as a writer Over all not even close to my favorite playwrite


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    I wanted to read Our Town because I ve seen and heard bits of it in popular culture but never knew the play in its entirety Of course, the bits I had known Act III quotes about the precious and fleeting nature of life are the bits worth knowing The frame and premise are solid, and I can see why this is an influential play, but the first two acts were grating for the outdated, narrow depictions of ordinary days and life milestones that are intended to be universal yet obviously are not I I wanted to read Our Town because I ve seen and heard bits of it in popular culture but never knew the play in its entirety Of course, the bits I had known Act III quotes about the precious and fleeting nature of life are the bits worth knowing The frame and premise are solid, and I can see why this is an influential play, but the first two acts were grating for the outdated, narrow depictions of ordinary days and life milestones that are intended to be universal yet obviously are not I read the other two plays and all of the prefaces and commentaries because, well, I m a bit anal about finishing books no matter how long it takes Each of these plays break the fourth wall, to varying degrees, and with varying success The Matchmaker is a silly farce with some memorable, funny lines but mostly not I had never seen the movie Hello, Dolly, which is based on the musical, which is in turn based on this play but changes and adds many things So now I ve done that too Barbra Streisand was delightful, there were some fun dance scenes, and who wouldn t love a Louis Armstrong cameo But otherwise neither version of this story was my cup of tea Skin of My Teeth is the best of the bunch and the only one I d want to see performed It s totally original, often surreal, sometimes hilarious, and overall kind of a hot mess If I summarized the plot you d think I m joking


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Three Plays: Our Town, Skin of Our Teeth, Matchmaker Three of the greatest plays in American literature collected in one volumeThis important new omnibus edition features an illuminating foreword by playwright John Guare and an extensive afterword for each play drawing on unpublished letters and other unique documentary material prepared by Tappan WilderOur Town Wilder s timelessPulitzer Prize winning look at love, death, and destiny is celebrated around the world and performed at least once each day in the United StatesThe Skin of our Teeth Wilder sromp about human follies and human endurance starring the Antrobus family of Excelsior, New Jersey Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in The Matchmaker Wilder s brilliantfarce about money and love starring that irrepressible busybody Dolly Gallagher Levi This play inspired the Broadway musical Hello, Dolly


About the Author: Thornton Wilder

Thornton Niven Wilder was an American playwright and novelist He received three Pulitzer Prizes, one for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and two for his plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, and a National Book Award for his novel The Eighth Day.Forsee