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Thornton Wilder

Happy Easter and Happy Birthday, Thornton Wilder!

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.18.2014 | Books
Robert David Jaffee

Thornton Wilder would tell us to get off those electronic devices of ours and take a little time to recognize the beauty of all the little moments of our lives on this planet.

First Nighter: Franco, O'Dowd, Meester Distinguish Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'

David Finkle | Posted 04.16.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Plucking the dialogue pretty much verbatim from his best-selling book, Steinbeck handily transferred his tale to the stage. Again George and Lennie -- traveling together like the scores of other bindlestiffs scouring California's Salinas Valley (Steinbeck's version of William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County) for work -- arrive at a farm for barley bucking activity.

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Honors Our Literary Giants

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 02.03.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Every year, six critical writers who hailed from Chicago at least during some point in their careers are heralded posthumously for the important works that left their mark on future generations of writers and artists.

Address: Sing Sing Prison, Grover's Corners NY, The Mind of God

Howard Sherman | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

"Is there no one in town aware of social injustice?" Part of the compact we make when we go to the theatre is to shut out the outside world and com...

Easy Reader: Thornton Wilder's Biography By Penelope Niven Is a Must Read

David Finkle | Posted 01.25.2013 | Books
David Finkle

Were Thornton Wilder notable for only explicating one thing -- he's notable for many -- it would be the hope for the human race he promotes in the 1938 play 1938 Our Town and in the 1942 Pulitzer-Prize-winning Skin of Our Teeth.

Lively, Versatile Performances Carry Thornton Wilder One-acts at Aurora

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.12.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

In the late 1950s Thornton Wilder started a project that was to become a series of short plays depicting the fabled Seven Ages of Man. The first two works, Infancy and Childhood, sparkle on Aurora Theatre's intimate stage in Berkeley.

The Best Two Half-Decades in Literary History

Dave Astor | Posted 10.08.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

They were unplanned "Five-Year Plans" for the ages: the amazing proliferation of classic novels published from 1846 to 1851 and from 1922 to 1927. And, believe it or not, one author had a book in both those periods!

Astoria Characters: The Dedicated Doctor

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Dr. Tom Moulton arrives cradling an orchid in one hand and a loaf of home-made soda bread in the other. My white phalaenopsis is wilting, so he rushed right over.

You've Got to Be Carefully Taught

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

As citizens of the nation continue through the summer, distracting themselves by howling at the moon and one another, I spent this past weekend in Manhattan seeing revivals of two classic period pieces of American theater.

Theater Review: "Our Town" With Helen Hunt Still Shines

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Unlike most productions of Our Town, this one comes much closer to the heart of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece.

Michael Shannon Channels Kim Fowley in Runaways

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Los Angeles punk music scene is at the center of The Runaways, which opened in limited release on March 19 and goes wider in a couple of weeks.

The Scottsboro Boys: New Kander-Ebb Musical, Old Kander-Ebb Formula

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

Time was, audiences went to musicals--more often called musical comedies then--to see famous entertainers sing great songs written by first-rate lyric...

Willem Dafoe: The Village Idiot and Our Town

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

There's been talk that the much lauded production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town will move to Broadway. While the producers deliberate this move, let me say, you can really smell the bacon in this play.

Straight Up News on Gay Plays

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Two plays opened recently in Manhattan in which gay love affairs are observed with keen and perceptive eyes and ears -- Geoffrey Nauffts's Next Fall and Daniel Talbott's Slipping.