If there is a main character in this play, one could argue that it is George Gibbs, the local baseball player turned farmer that marries his high school sweetheart and chooses to forgo college in order to stay in his small town and by her side. He explains it simply by saying "I think that once you've found a person that you're very fond of... I mean a person who's fond of you too, and likes you enough to be interested in your character... Well, I think that's just as important as college is and even
|The beaches where I could have been in my 20's|
The second similarity of our life and "Our Town" is the quaintness of our communities. Grover's Corners has around 2,600 people in it. I grew up in Canandaigua NY that had just under 10,000 people, and then moved to Hall (formerly called Hall's Corners) that has 300 or so people in the hamlet, but coincidentally about 2,700 in
The last similarity I'll mention is one that I have in common with the dead people in Grover's Corners. They are fast losing all fondness for material things and so am I. When Emily arrives, she talks like a newly dead person might, about her new Ford and cement pond, but slowly comes to realize that they mean nothing to her
I could throw in a few more, but it's late and I'm tired and the page looks pretty full already, so I won't. I enjoyed the play "Our Town" with it's deeper meanings and simpler staging, but I think I like living "Our Town" just a little bit better.