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How is Our Town a modern American play?

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Thornton Wilder's Our Town is not only a masterpiece of American drama but one of the earliest and finest works of modernism in theatrical plays. The play, which is set entirely in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, focuses heavily on the passage of time and the infinite transience of life.

Our Town finds its roots in modernism through many characteristics of the play itself, most predominately its minimalist stage settings and theatrical style, its focus on the universality of ordinary American life, and the narrator's frequent engagement with the audience.

At the beginning of the play, the narrator—also...

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