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Forgotten Radical
Thornton's plays are Wilder than you might remember
"...it bears about as much resemblance to the drama Thornton Wilder wrote as chalk does cheese...."

Nov. 20, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Man Who Wasn't There
The story is rife with the Coens' ripe ambivalence, a black seriocomic opera of fouled-up American dreams, and a meditation on ambivalence that is itself often as ambiguous as the emotional meanderings of its protagonist, a small-town barber. The film's black-and-white image processing is stunning.
"...Directed by: Joel Coen. Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, James Gandolfini, Jon Polito, Michael Badalucco, Katherine..."

Nov. 2, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Our Town
This staging of the classic play reveals it is still the microcosm of American life
"...any one play could lay claim to the title, Thornton Wilder's paean to small-town Americana would be it. Wilder..."

May 7, 2010 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The Skin of Our Teeth
A quick-tempoed, caricaturish style serves Thornton Wilder's play well most of the time
"...Thornton Wilder, author of Our Town, a perennial high school..."

Nov. 27, 2009 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

An 'Our Town' for Our Town
With 100 Austin stories, Zach builds a city on a stage
"...The thing about that play by Thornton Wilder – you know the one, the one done..."

Sept. 30, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Armageddon
"...Directed by: Michael Bay. Starring: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, Keith..."

July 3, 1998 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Our Town
Tears await you in UT's current staging of the Thornton Wilder classic
"...of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance's production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town...."

April 9, 2010 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Zach Theatre
The theatre is giving away a free wedding to some homegrown George and Emily
"...If you recall your Thornton Wilder, you know that Our Town's second act ends..."

March 26, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Carol You Don't Know
There's much more to Ms. Channing than Dolly and Lorelei
"...dead husband and rejoins the human race. I asked Thornton Wilder about it before he died: Is this possibly..."

July 22, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Our Town, Our Time
Zachary Scott Theatre Center's production of The Laramie Project retells the story of Matthew Shepard's murder in a compelling, heartfelt way, but it also tells a town's story and gives us the opportunity to see our town in its reflection.
"...anyone gets through school without seeing or being in Thornton Wilder's play. It is so familiar, so deeply embedded..."

March 15, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Playing the Bad Guy
With actor David Stahl currently appearing as the wicked Richard III and actor Katherine Catmull having recently played the evil Goneril in King Lear, the challenge of playing villains seemed a ripe topic to launch a series of artist-to-artist conversations on craft.
"...11 years ago, when we played George and Emily, Thornton Wilder's Our Town ingénues, for Big State Productions in..."

Aug. 17, 2001 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

Positively Operatic
The Year in Austin Culture
"...4. Our Town, by Thornton Wilder..."

Jan. 7, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Review: Our Town
City Theatre’s safe staging of the classic embraces nostalgia
"...the re-creation of the New Hampshire town in which Thornton Wilder’s 1938 metatheatrical play takes place – in fact,..."

Feb. 27, 2019 Arts Post by Bob Abelman

Exhibitionism
Godspell '98: All for the Best
"...himself. If, like me, you still remain unschooled in Thornton Wilder's most famous play, it revolves around a quiet,..."

June 5, 1998 Arts Review

Articulations
The Texas Commission for the Arts gives Austinites a chance to see the state's best artists for free, and praise from the out-of-town press for local playwrights Cyndi Williams and Joe Sears and Jaston Williams
"...with such familiar hamlets as the Grovers Corners of Thornton Wilder's Our Town, Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, Mark Twain's..."

Aug. 2, 2002 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Articulations
Reports on The "Three 'J's" of Austin culture And Lily Tomlin At UT.
"...around by the show's similarities to Our Town, by Thornton Wilder. It has the same simplicity of setting, same..."

Oct. 8, 1999 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Review: Hello, Dolly!
One of the last great Golden Age musicals revived with panache
"...nostalgia, even at its premiere in 1964. Based on Thornton Wilder’s play The Matchmaker, the show is set in..."

Jan. 22, 2020 Arts Post by Paul Beutel

Broadway Leading Lady Carolee Carmello on Taking Over Dolly!
Hello, Dolly prepares for run at Bass Concert Hall
"...Stewart (writer) and Jerry Herman (composer and lyricist) adapted Thornton Wilder’s 1955 play The Matchmaker into what would become..."

Jan. 17, 2020 Arts Post by Paul Beutel

Austin Playhouse's Death of a Salesman
Marc Pouhé creates a powerful and sympathetic portrait of Willy Loman in a production starring African-American actors
"...of American theatre. The group settled into two camps: Thornton Wilder's Our Town and Arthur Miller's Death of a..."

March 3, 2017 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Not much happens in Terrence McNally's play, but in staging it, FrogDog Productions makes a very fine debut
"...wordplay of Will Eno, the heightened dramatic conceptualizations of Thornton Wilder, or even the slightest twist of Arthur Miller,..."

Feb. 15, 2013 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

Nicholas Ray: The Glorious Failure of an American Director
Film scholar Patrick McGilligan explores an auteur's troubled life and career
"...at the University of Chicago where he studied with Thornton Wilder; his Taliesin Fellowship with Frank Lloyd Wright that..."

Aug. 5, 2011 Screens Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Try To Remember
How two kids from UT changed the course of the American musical
"...Jones has cited various influences on The Fantasticks – Thornton Wilder's Our Town, a production of The Winter's Tale..."

Oct. 15, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

'Metamorphoses'
Zach's take on Greek myths takes flight with help from Blue Lapis Light aerialists
"...Texas playwright Steven Dietz, direct a modern interpretation of Thornton Wilder's Our Town, and stage a version of the..."

Aug. 6, 2010 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Wharton Dancer
The flourishing legacy of the late Lone Star dramatist Horton Foote
"...Horton's plays are much more ambitious than those of Thornton Wilder or Paul Green, for example. Also, even though..."

March 12, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

... And the 'West' is History
How Big State Productions' little monologue show changed Austin theatre
"...revelatory Our Town that blew all the dust off Thornton Wilder's classic and made it lyrical and cosmic and..."

April 7, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Short Cuts
Mark Miks and Murder in Small Town X, festival season upon us, and pre-production on The Life of David Gale.
"...(fictional) serial killer, evokes Stephen King by way of Thornton Wilder, and promises plenty of guilty pleasures to those..."

July 27, 2001 Screens Column by Marc Savlov

Play On!
In the backstage comedy Anton in Show Business, playwright Jane Martin wittily paints the contemporary stage as a madhouse overrun by loons and lunatics so preoccupied with money, image, and themselves that they can hardly be bothered to create art. And the State Theater Company's production takes us inside the insanity with an air of playfulness that keeps the audience primed for a good time.
"...show as the talkin'-right-to-the-audience, scene-settin' stage manager ("homage to Thornton Wilder") and reappears as the dashiki-clad queen of black..."

March 30, 2001 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Jean Stapleton: On Theatre
"...from classical comedy (Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker at American Conservatory Theatre) to musicals..."

Nov. 10, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Bibliomania
Books We Love and a Few Books We Don't
"...Tyler 10. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder..."

Jan. 7, 2000 Books Feature

A Mysteriously Happy Atmosphere
"...present, presidentially minded incarnation.) This "mysteriously happy atmosphere," as Thornton Wilder once called it, "graduated" some 1,200 students, but..."

Oct. 23, 1998 Arts Feature by John Spong

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