When Thornton Wilder created Our Town, he experimented in the way he presented the characters and action of the play. Perhaps the biggest departure from a traditional play is the role Wilder created for the Stage Manager. This character performs as a narrator, but he is much more than just a narrator. The Stage Manager steps in, describes scenes, and seems to start and stop the action of the play at will.
Think about what you have seen of the Stage Manager thus far. Think about the effect his presence has on the audience. Does the Stage Manager help or hinder your understanding of the characters and action? In particular, does the Stage Manager interfere with your ability to empathize with the characters? Explain how his presence affects your ability to know and understand the characters of Grover’s Corners.
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The question you have been given is asking you to consider how the presence of the Stage Manager is or is not helping your understanding of the characters and action in the play. You are being asked to consider whether or not the Stage Manager's comments are helping you to identify with any of the characters in Grover's Corners. Based on your reaction to the question, it would appear that your response is that you are finding the Stage Manager's presence to be a distraction or a cause of confusion rather than increased understanding.
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